The Measuring of the Mayflower


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Measuring the Mayflower

An interactive, outdoor event exploring how 133 people, plus provisions and livestock, fitted onto the Mayflower ship - which sailed from Rotherhithe almost 400 years ago.


Starts: Sunday 15:00

Event Details

Address:Kings Stairs Gardens
281 Jamaica Road

Post code:SE16 4RS


Telephone:020 7237 4434


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. 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. The Measuring of the Mayflower will be an interactive event to explore how 133 people, plus provisions and livestock, fitted into the available space. The event will also consider more recent migrations and the sailing of this symbolic vessel. From 3pm we will measure and mark out a footprint of the Mayflower - using what we know about the dimensions of the boat. We will then be loading the passengers and livestock, 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! This event is part of Thames 2018 festival.


By Bus:47, 188, 381, C10, P12

By Tube:Bermondsey (Jubilee line)

By Train:Rotherhithe (over ground)


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