Monday, August 21, 2017
Woolwich gets £270,000 boost towards cultural destination plans

Woolwich gets £270,000 boost towards cultural destination plans

King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery at the launch of Making Woolwich photo courtesy © Chris Mansfield


Plans for Woolwich to become a cultural destination have scooped a £270,00 cash boost from the Arts Council.

The funding is to go towards the “Woolwich: creating a new Cultural Destination in London” project to increase tourism and raise the profile of the town. The cash has been awarded from the second round of Arts Council England’s Cultural Destinations fund

The plans aim to maximise the potential of the Crossrail station in Woolwich which is to open in 2018 and the town’s military heritage. Visit Greenwich in partnership with the council is to work with organisers of the famed Greenwich+Docklands International Festival to create high-quality and accessible arts activities.

Joyce Wilson, the London area director for Arts Council England, said: “Crossrail will bring with it huge opportunities for development of the local infrastructure, housing and economy, and it is vital that arts and culture remain at the table. I’m pleased we have been able to support Visit Greenwich’s plans, ensuring that there is a cultural heart to the developments that celebrates the area and stays true to its community.”

Councillor Denise Hyland, the leader of Greenwich council, said: “This award will make a fantastic contribution towards helping the Royal Borough of Greenwich achieve our long-term objective of revitalising Woolwich through arts and culture. The council has been working towards the creation of a cultural district at Woolwich for some time and this funding will help to stimulate activity to complement our investment.

“The cultural district is using the military heritage of Woolwich to transform the town’s identity from a former munitions and armament centre to a hive of culture, arts and creative industry while offering a wealth of opportunities and spaces for the local community and visitors to use and enjoy.”

The second round of the Cultural Destinations funding saw £3,288,600 awarded to 16 projects across the county.

Reporter | Resident of Lewisham for more than 25 years and studied sociology at Goldsmiths. Previously worked for many years as a picture researcher for book and part work publishers and joined The Mercury after studying for a NCTJ at Lambeth College. Big yoga and walking fan – not just in the country but also along the River Thames. Love South East London and wander around Lewisham town centre, Deptford High Street and Greenwich Town Centre at least once a week. Mandy has worked for the Mercury for 14 years.


  1. This is fantastic for Woolwich and it deserves the grant because it is a place of huge untapped potential. However, what cannot happen and has been happening, is that its neighbour Charlton becomes a de facto dumping ground for problem Council tenants. Increasingly too there appears to be a reluctance on the Council’s part to do anything about the problems such tenants cause. It’s as if the Labour Party in Greenwich has decided to abandon the working families and professional people affected by this situation. Surely 2016 should have taught them that such abandonment can have terrible consequences for politicians and even societies in the long run.


Woolwich gets £270,000 boost towards cultural destination plans