On Saturday 8 July 2017 Lewisham will celebrate its thirty third annual People's Day festival at Mountsfield Park in Catford. There will be a Lewisham Libraries tent with activities going on all day, and this year we have chosen 'heroes' as our theme.
The London Borough of Lewisham has been home to many heroic figures, from Antarctic explorers to sporting legends and pioneering social reformers. A select few have been honoured by one of Lewisham council’s maroon plaques, which can be found decorating places associated with local heroes across the Borough.
|Maroon plaque dedicated to statesman Herbert Morrison in Downham.|
To be in with a chance of winning a fantastic bundle of free books plus £20 in National Book tokens, all you have to do is find and take photos of yourself (or a friend) next to as many of these maroon plaques as you can and send them to us through any of the following:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: Lewisham Local History and Archives
- Twitter: @LewishamHistory using the hashtag #LewishamHeroes
All plaques can be viewed from the street, but many are on private houses so please be careful not to disturb local residents.
We will contact whoever finds the most and let you know how to collect your prize on People’s Day!
To help you in your quest, we've put together the interactive map below using Historypin which shows where you can find some of the maroon plaques:
This map can be viewed in any mobile browser so you can take it with you on your travels. We’ve also included a selection of historic photographs of the plaques from our archives so you can see how the area has changed over time.
|Unveiling the plaque to aircraft designer Sir Barnes Wallis in 1984.|
After People's Day you will have the opportunity to have your photos uploaded to our Historypin map so they can be enjoyed by all for years to come.
Good luck, and happy People's Day!