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The Measuring of the Mayflower

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23rd September, 3pm
Kings Stairs Gardens, SE16

In the lead up to the 400th anniversary London Bubble are involving over 200 Creative Volunteers in a series of workshops and events that will share this important local history with groups in our community. 

In 1620 the Mayflower sailed from Rotherhithe. The boat would carry the 'Saints' and the 'Strangers' to the New World – the 'Saints' being the Calvinist families who sought a place to practice their religion freely, the 'Strangers' being others, optimistically setting out to make a new life. The whole project was financed by the 'Adventurers', merchants who bought shares in the enterprise attracted by the riches they believed lay waiting across the Atlantic.

The Measuring of the Mayflower is a family-friendly interactive event to explore how 133 people, plus provisions and livestock, fitted into the available space on board. The event will also consider more recent migrations.

From 3pm we will measure and mark out a footprint of the Mayflower - using what we know about the dimensions of the boat - and then load the passengers and livestock into the space. We need lots of people to help us reach the total number on board in 1620! Sea shanties will be sung and the imaginary boat will be blessed with flame - as was the custom to see off bad spirits.

Come and watch, or come and take part in this family friendly event - the youngest passenger on the Mayflower was born on board!

Open to all, under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. 

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This event is part of Thames 2018 festival.

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