Horniman joins forces with local organisations to help improve the lives of Lewisham residents

The Horniman has joined forces with 11 key organisations in Lewisham to help the borough’s recovery from Covid-19 and improve the lives of local residents.  

The 12 anchor institutions have signed a new agreement to work together to boost employment, education, health and the environment across the borough.

The Civic University Agreement (CUA) was proposed by Goldsmiths, University of London as part of the New Cross university’s ambition to make a difference to its home borough and make it easier for local people to access the university’s services and expertise, and developed in collaboration with the 11 partner organisations. It is the first of its kind in London and among the first in the UK.

The 12 partners in the CUA are: Goldsmiths, The Albany, the Horniman, Lewisham College, Lewisham Council, Lewisham Local, Lewisham Homes, Phoenix Community Housing, 999 Club, The Migration Museum, Trinity Laban and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

The CUA was launched at an event held at the Horniman on 12 October, attended by the partners.

We are delighted to be working with so many fantastic organisations for the benefit of all those that love Lewisham. Announcing the agreement in the Horniman’s Conservatory was just the start for us all delivering on our shared ambitions of creativity, diversity, and sustainability.
Nick Merriman, Chief Executive of the Horniman

The agreement aims to unlock the partners’ shared potential by co-creating and delivering initiatives for the good of the local area and third of a million people living in Lewisham.

Local people were asked about their priorities and needs in improving the lives of people living, working and studying in Lewisham.

Four key themes were identified and will inform the work of the agreement:

  • Educational opportunities and supporting learning aspiration
  • Economic prosperity, jobs and growth
  • Culture, Health and Wellbeing
  • Environmental Sustainability