We’re fundraising for the Deptford Dockyard visitor centre!

The Lenox Project is fundraising to renovate an incredible historic undercroft on Deptford’s riverfront and open it up to the public! We want to raise enough money to bring this beautiful space back to life, and turn it into a Deptford Dockyard visitor centre and interim base for the Lenox Project charity.

With your help, we will create a new public space and workshops where we will involve volunteers and apprentices in building a scale model of the Lenox, alongside an exhibition focussing on the maritime history of Deptford. We’ll host a range of events, invite community groups and schools to visit, and enable people to find out more about the ship-building heritage that shaped this part of London.

The building owner, Hyde Housing, has agreed to let us have the space, which has been unused for many years, at a peppercorn rent for up to ten years. But we still need to raise money to install toilet and kitchen facilities and a workshop, supply the workshop with tools and materials, create an exhibition space with display facilities, and to make it accessible to everyone.

We’ve now launched a crowd-funding bid on Spacehive, and have pitched for funds from the Mayor of London’s Crowdfund London initiative. With your support we could net up to £50k from the mayor’s funds, but to do this, we need to demonstrate that our scheme has strong support in the local area.

Even if we are successful in attracting a pledge from the mayor, we still need to raise a considerable amount of money and we’re asking you to help us! Please pledge to our project and give us your backing to open up this wonderful space and bring it back to life!

We have until 12th August to meet our ambitious target – for full details and to pledge, please visit our Spacehive page.


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Open day at Nunhead Cemetery

Come and meet us at the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery Open Day on Saturday 18th May where we will have our restored Saker cannon and exhibition trailer on display, and we’ll be selling our fantastic, locally-produced merchandise including mugs and historic map tea towels.

You can find out more about our exciting plans for a new dockyard visitor centre on the waterfront in Deptford, and sign up to help out if you have some time to spare or skills that we can make use of.

Saturday 18th May, 11am-5pm

Nunhead Cemetery, Linden Grove, London SE15 3LP

For more information visit www.fonc.org.uk/2019-open-day.html

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Budding shipwrights enjoy a day of family fun

More than 1200 children and families from Deptford and the south east London neighbourhood enjoyed a free day of shipbuilding and maritime-related fun at the Deptford Lounge last week, courtesy of The Lenox Project and Tideway.

The family fun day, which was organised by The Lenox Project and funded by Tideway, gave kids and their carers the chance to build and decorate a large-scale model ship, explore historic maps of the local area and find out how the former Royal Dockyard and the River Thames are linked to the area where they live.

Construction began with assembly of the wooden frame created by Lenox director Julian Kingston; the cardboard ‘planks’ were then added, with paints and crayons used to turn the ship into a bright and colourful creation.

Masts and rigging were added to the vessel and these were then adorned with hand-painted flags and sails.

The ship took centre stage in the window of the Deptford Lounge for three days, as a visible reminder of the creative skills of our local residents.

Ben Weddell of the National Maritime Museum brought along a selection of shipbuilding tools for kids to have a look at, and also created a timeline showing some of the significant events in Deptford’s history since the dockyard was established in 1513.

There was the opportunity to dress up in the type of clothes that would have been worn by sailors and shipwrights of the time.

Becky from Beanstalk Arts was on hand to entertain our visitors with tales of Thames history and songs about shipbuilding and sailing.

The restored Saker cannon and our exhibition trailer proved popular in Giffin Square, assisted by a day of glorious sunshine, and visitors enjoyed the visual impact of seeing the bow and stern posts at each end of the square, demonstrating the impressive scale of the ship.

Once again we would like to thank Tideway for supporting our Free February events, and also all the staff at Deptford Lounge for making it such a fun and hassle-free day!

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Hidden Deptford draws huge audience

An audience of almost 300 crammed into St Nicholas’ Church last Thursday evening to enjoy the Tideway-funded event organised by The Lenox Project and featuring maritime-themed music and talks on ‘hidden Deptford’ history.

Photo by Gareth Gardner www.garethgardner.com

It was standing room by 7pm as the first speaker – award-winning historian and novelist David Davies – began his talk about Deptford and its links with Samuel Pepys and the rise of the British navy.

Photo by Gareth Gardner www.garethgardner.com

The South East London Folk Orchestra entertained guests as they arrived, and during the interval, with a medley of maritime-themed music and songs.

Photo by Gareth Gardner www.garethgardner.com

Lenox historian Richard Endsor, author of The Restoration Warship and expert on 17th century shipbuilding, talked about the women of Deptford and how they both influenced and profited from the dockyard and the associated businesses.

Photo by Gareth Gardner www.garethgardner.com

We were delighted to welcome so many people to this wonderful church, with all its historic links to Deptford dockyard and shipbuilding, and we would like to thank Rev Louise Codrington-Marshall and her team for being so accommodating and welcoming.

If you were at the event and did not get chance to give us your feedback, please do so via our online survey – click here for the link.

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Deptford foreshore walk

Join us for a fascinating morning foreshore walk! We’ll take a walk along the foreshore in front of the historic Deptford Royal Dockyard, to explore the incredible landscape that is revealed by the river at low tide.

Find out about ship building at Deptford Dockyard, and our rich maritime heritage on a walk led by Museum of London senior archaeologist Eliott Wragg.

Sunday February 10th, 10.30am
FREE but booking required
Family-friendly, recommended age 5+
Places are limited so please book using Eventbrite.

The foreshore may be muddy, slippery or uneven, so please wear sturdy footwear e.g. boots or wellies. Meet at 10.30am at the stairs at the end of Watergate Street.

Image courtesy Thames Discovery Programme

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Family fun day at the Deptford Lounge!

Join us for a family fun day at Deptford Lounge exploring shipbuilding and Deptford’s historic Royal Dockyard! Supported by funding from Tideway.

Drop-in activities including:

• Arts & crafts – build a giant Lenox ship with mod-roc & paint

• Musical maritime story-telling with Nimble Tots

• Object-handling – explore ship-building tools

• Dressing up

• Map-making

• Giant Deptford history timeline

You can also visit the Lenox exhibition trailer and see our restored Saker cannon!

Friday 22nd February, 12-4pm
Deptford Lounge
Giffin Square
Deptford SE8 4RJ

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Hidden Deptford: an evening of our maritime history

Join us for a unique evening of local maritime heritage and music, exploring the rich history of Deptford’s royal dockyard. Talks will be provided by two of the country’s foremost 17th century naval historians – JD Davies and Richard Endsor.

Why did Deptford have a royal dockyard, and what was its significance in the development of England’s naval power? Who were the women of Deptford? How were women involved in the royal dockyard, and how did they influence it? Discover the answers to all these questions and more!

FREE, no tickets required.
Thursday 7th February, 6.45pm
Talks and music: 7-9pm
St Nicholas Church, Deptford Green, SE8 3DQ

• David Davies is a prize-winning and bestselling author whose books include Pepys’s Navy and Kings of the Sea. David will discuss why Deptford dockyard was important, and the influence of King Charles II, and Samuel Pepys on Deptford’s history .

• Richard Endsor is a British naval historian and maritime artist, author of The Restoration Warship, a comprehensive history of the Lenox. He will explore who were the real women behind the high-profile naval figures; who really wore the trousers in Deptford’s royal dockyard?

This is a great opportunity to pay a visit to the old parish church of Deptford, St Nicholas, which contains many fine monuments with links to the dockyard, and carvings by Grinling Gibbons. Find out more here.

We are also delighted that South East London Folk Orchestra will be present to entertain us with music during the break, and light refreshments will be available.

Please join us for a fascinating and educational evening – the first in this year’s events programme supported by Tideway.
The event is wheelchair accessible.

FREE, no tickets required.
Thursday 7th February, 6.45pm
Talks and music: 7-9pm
St Nicholas Church, Deptford Green, SE8 3DQ

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Deptford Bites at Christmas

Are you looking for unique christmas gifts made by designer-makers which not only support local businesses but also our heritage charity?

The Lenox Project will have a stall at Deptford Bites at Christmas, which is being held on Saturday 8 December in Deptford Market Yard.
Come along to buy Lenox mugs and tea towels made by local company Lush Designs who are in Cockpit Arts in Creekside, as well as historic map tea towels of the area which are produced by My Gorgeous Cards based in Lewisham. 
We’ll be selling our Lenox Project t-shirts, tote bags and badges at the stall, alongside a selection of other craft and design stalls, ideal for christmas gifts that are a bit different.

The event also features a series of workshops where you can blend your own candle fragrances, learn how to decorate gingerbread, knit a blanket from giant wool, or just chill out with some wine tasting.

Deptford Bites at Christmas, Deptford Market Yard

Saturday 8 December, 11am-6pm


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New mugs launched – ahoy the Lenox!

We are delighted to announce that we now have specially-designed mugs created by Deptford-based Lush Designs for sale, with all proceeds going direct to support the Lenox Project.
The bone china mugs, which are made in Staffordshire, are available for just £15 and would make an excellent christmas or birthday gift.

At this stage we are only offering them for local collection – please get in touch via info@buildthelenox.org if you want to buy one.

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Lenox team hosts open house at the Master Shipwright’s

Lenox Project volunteers were delighted to welcome almost 700 visitors to the Master Shipwright’s House in Deptford for Open House London on 22nd and 23rd September.

Despite very wet weather over the weekend, the house was still very popular both with local visitors and with those who’d travelled from further afield to visit it.

A wide range of plans, old images and photographs of the house and the neighbouring dockyard were available for visitors to browse inside the house, and the Lenox Project brought its exhibition trailer and restored Saker cannon into the grounds of the house.

The recent demolition of neighbouring buildings on Convoys Wharf meant that the views across the former dockyard from the house were much more extensive than previously, and visitors were fascinated to learn about the rich history of the site and its maritime links. Many thanks to everyone who came to visit, and to our enthusiastic volunteers who worked so cheerfully to welcome and assist visitors despite the wet conditions.

Thanks also to those who donated to our charity, either by buying merchandise or refreshments, or simply by boosting our donations box.

If you want to find out more about donating, or buy some merchandise to support us, please visit our web page at http://www.buildthelenox.org/merchandise-and-donations/

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