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 story, 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 commemorated nationally and internationally, and London Bubble is carrying out a community inquiry into the story and how it resonates today.

Would you like to help?

Together with historians, artists, volunteers, actors and participants, we are gathering a broad scope of research, stories, objects, facts and testimonies both past and present. Through a series of public workshops and events, our project will culminate in a large scale performance in 2020.

Have a look at our pamphlet LEAVINGS to find out what we learnt in the first phase of the project, and our pamphlet JOURNEYS for the second phase. We are now in our third phase, ARRIVALS, but anyone can join the project at any time. Use our handy pamphlets to bring you up to speed…

Click below to find out how to get involved, or get in touch with Peth by email or on 020 7237 4434. Events and workshops are FREE and there is no audition process. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

For more information about the programme of events, attractions and activities as part of the Mayflower 400 programme in London click here.


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1 month ago
Our latest blog is by Jan, who has been involved with the project for almost a year now! She describes how the group have started to explore 'Arrivals', and what happened when the Mayflower passengers arrived in Cape Cod
#mayflower400 @lb_southwark
1 month ago
Thank you @client_culture for sending us your zines exploring the #mayflower400 anniversary, I know our group will enjoy seeing how Plymouth artists are approaching the theme in such a rich and varied way. We will put some of our pamphlets in the post to you too 🙂 #southwark
3 months ago
How do we disseminate and evaluate the rich learnings on Charting the Mayflower? Thank you to @GoldTap for a fab morning exploring the Journey through #CreativeEvaluation with materials, discussion, and coffee! #publicengagement #mayflower400
3 months ago
Feast your eyes on the visual minutes by @evansalexevans of our first #debatingthemayflower event at @LBubble. We welcomed speakers Georgie Wemyss and Darren Chetty to critically consider the Mayflower legacy. @rapclassroom's parting comment-"the story of the story is the story"
3 months ago
We took a Mayflower workshop to @SDFyouthclubs and thought about how stories are told and passed down through history. How might King James I, the Pilgrims, Native Americans and migrants today feel about the Mayflower voyage? Whose story is most powerful? #whatispower #history
3 months ago
In the last couple of #ChartingtheMayflower workshops we've taken a closer look at #NativeAmericanCulture. Tonight we’ll be mapping the area around Cape Cod, looking at it both from indigenous perspective & through the Mayflower maps. Don't miss it!

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