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Charting the Mayflower

Are you interested in local history? Do you have a story of migration to share?

We are looking for volunteers to help us explore the history and contemporary resonances of the Mayflower, and share it with the wider community in North Southwark.

In 1620 a group of people left England to start a new life across the Atlantic. Many were persecuted for their radical beliefs and forced to plan a perilous sea journey to a new land. 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the departure of the Mayflower from the river’s edge in Rotherhithe. 

The anniversary will be marked by national and international celebrations and London Bubble is launching a community inquiry into the story and how it resonates today. We want to find out about the life and times of the passengers on board the Mayflower. Why did they leave? How did they travel? And how does this history relate to current stories of migration?

We want to gather a wide a wide range of stories, objects, facts and testimonies, past and present. This will shape public workshops and events, and will culminate in a large scale performance in 2020s.

Times & dates

- There will be an informal meet-up on Monday 19th February, from 6:30-7:30, at London Bubble to talk about what we want to find out, and how we are going to do it.
- On Tuesday 27th February, from 6.30-8.30, we are inviting three historians to Bubble to pick their brains about the subject
- There will then be research workshops and trips in February and March, and volunteers will be encouraged to carry out independent research with support from the project team.
- We will come together again in April to explore what we have found, and look ahead to the free public workshops. These will take place on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 at London Bubble.

Is this right for me? Yes if you…

- Are inquisitive and imaginative, and can put yourself in the shoes of various characters
- Are curious to explore the 1600’s and aspects of life at that time, including the clothing, food, and lifestyle
- Are interested in or have experience of migration
- Would like to develop your research skills. 
- Have, or are willing to apply for, a DBS certificate, if you would like to assist at the public workshops once the initial research phase is over.

HELP US TO BRING THE MAYFLOWER INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. 


Send a completed registration form to georgiac@londonbubble.org.uk to express your interest, or get in touch to find out more.