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Heritage Open Days 2018

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There’s a lot to see and do aboard LV21 during the Heritage Open Days event!

This year, in recognition of the centenary of the Universal Suffrage Act, there will be hundreds of HODs events taking place on the theme of ‘Extraordinary Women’ – focusing on both well-known and less celebrated women.

Join the crew and tour the decks. Discover the ship’s history, from a floating navigation aid with a crew of seven designed to guide mariners at sea, to her current role as a cultural landmark in north Kent.

Explore the rich maritime heritage and delve into stories of some extraordinary seafaring women while aboard.

Meet artist Caroline Gregory and find out about the ambitious project she is currently working on aboard LV21, looking into ideas of female transition and telling the stories of women’s ‘journeying’ through life; their survivals and transformations. Please share your own story with her if you would like to be part of the ‘journey’.

Get inspired by artist ‘jamjart’ ’s small art installation of ‘preserved’ objects, “repurposing an ordinary squat jam jar – usually thoughtlessly discarded – as a mini vitrine showcasing found ‘treasures’.” Decorate an empty jam jar to take away and fill with your own treasured items.

All materials provided, suitable for all ages.

Heritage Open Days 2018 Photography Competition

Your chance to share the pictures you take with the HODs community – and win some great prizes whilst you’re at it!

For more info visit:

Refreshments available aboard.

International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend 2018

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Saturday 18 August | 12-4pm | FREE Open Day

Come aboard for this annual event to explore the vessel and find out more about the fascinating history of lighthouses and lightships around the world.

Soldering and radio workshop | 11am-2pm

Book a soldering and radio workshop with our radio room resident and morse code expert Colin Turner (G3VTT) – £5 contribution payable on the day. This workshop is aimed specifically for creative practitioners who would like to learn the basic use of soldering tools, techniques and components identification. Each participant will make and take home a completed project which will be a Personal Amplifier and Loudspeaker for a smartphone, iPhone, iPod, iPad etc.

Please bring a packed lunch, refreshments provided | For 16+ only | Limited places

Email to reserve your place (limited availability).

Peril at Sea | 12-4pm

Meet Nicola Pollard from Up The Road Theatre to share your maritime tales and find out more about her latest theatre production Peril at Sea which will be performed onboard LV21 on 7 March 2019.

For further info about the project:

‘jamjart’ | 12-4pm

In the entrance lobby you can explore a small art installation of ‘preserved’ objects. Meet the artist ‘jamjart’ to find out more about the artwork and her inspiration to repurpose an ordinary squat jam jar – usually thoughtlessly discarded – as a mini vitrine. “For the lighthouse keeper, a jar of homemade bramble jelly or marmalade adorned with a handwritten label could provide a deeper connection with domestic values and enrich his sense of duty despite the isolation from society…”

For more information please contact the artist:

Flashes & Occultations | 12-4pm

Explore the generator room and take time to listen to Jack Hayter’s ‘Flashes & Occultations’, a 77 minute long sonic improvisation on lighthouse life released by WIAIWYA in 2017. Here’s a short excerpt:


Evening Performance

Live music with Jack Hayter | 7-11pm | FREE

Jack Hayter, former Hefner and Dollboy alumnus and regular collaborator with Ralegh Long and Papernut Cambridge amongst others, plays live onboard LV21.

Folk Radio reviews Jack’s latest Abbey Wood release as “an unmitigated triumph. Clever and heartfelt, it inverts folk tropes by presenting historical narratives in extremely personal ways, or by creating finely-observed urban backgrounds where the more personal songs can play out. Hayter’s haunted, haunting voice holds it all together and makes it fabulously unique.”

Come and watch Jack perform this one off, free event within the unique ambience of LV21. Numbers are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.

Donations are welcome and a licensed cash/card pay bar will be serving refreshments.

For more info about Jack visit: or visit his facebook page.

For more info about ILLW 2018 visit:


Update September 2013:

After over 18 months of working on the CPP Swale and Medway project LV21 stepped down from our role as a consortium member. We continue to deliver the Lookout project as an independent delivery partner only. We are now able to concentrate our attention on the further development of LV21 and our exciting programme of new activities.

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Arts Council England officially announced today that  LV21 & project partners have been successful in applying for a commissioned grant from its Creative People and Places programme. This substantial £1.5 million investment over the next three years will make a real difference to the communities of Swale and Medway. The long-term aim of our ‘Creative People and Places: Swale & Medway’ vision is to enable local people to shape the cultural provision of where they live; through a spirit of creative collaboration and the art of doing. We are the only successful applicant from the South East region. Read more

Designer and entrepreneur Wayne Hemingway adds his support to the LV21 project.

“The Lightship Project seems to hit all the right spots. It sustainably brings back to life an iconic piece of local heritage and in doing so provides a home and venue for the local creative industries, a sector of the British economy that is second only to the service sector. The creative sector is creating employment and nationally is proving a catalyst to regeneration. Carefully thought out this project should bring serendipity, opportunity and inward investment to the Medway.”

Wayne set up Hemingway Design in 1999 a company that specializes in affordable and social design. He is also Chairman of Building for Life.