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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

- We will meet on Monday 9th April from 6:30-8:30, at London Bubble, to share and talk about our findings so far
- Public workshops will take place on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 at London Bubble. These are free and open to all.

- There will be research trips in April, and volunteers will be encouraged to carry out independent research with support from the project team.

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.


Send a completed registration form to to express your interest, or get in touch to find out more.