Mayflower Lectures

The Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Local History Society, which organises monthly illustrated talks in London’s most historic borough, has announced the full lineup of speakers and subjects for next year’s Mayflower 400 London Lectures. Society President Michael Daniels also revealed that the events will take place at Canada Water Theatre which is conveniently located in the heart of the Rotherhithe peninsula, the home port and final resting place of The Mayflower and her master. The monthly evenings, which are open to all, will run from April-November 2020 and the ambitious lineup features some of the most prominent historians in the Mayflower world. Booking for the free introductory talk opens on Thursday 28 November 2019, which is Thanksgiving Day and also the start of the official Mayflower 400 year. Booking essential at: www.rbhistory.org.uk or 020 8692 4446. Only £3 (members free) including a glass of wine at the interval, unless indicated as free. All lectures at Canada Water Theatre, 21 Surrey Quays Rd, Rotherhithe, London SE16 7AR. Michael Daniels, President, Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Local History Society, said: “Our lineup features some of the leading experts in The Mayflower world but the talks will still be very accessible, with the first evening bringing us all up-to-speed and introducing the key themes to be investigated further in the lectures which follow. Join us on a journey of exploration as we discover the remarkable story of The Mayflower, from its early beginnings to its legacy and beyond.” Charles Hackett, Chief Executive for Mayflower 400, said: “These talks are part of a national and international series of Mayflower 400 events across multiple locations in Britain, the US and the Netherlands, commemorating the 400th anniversary of this world-shaping voyage and its legacy. Rotherhithe is part of that international partnership and these lectures in Rotherhithe are a great way to explore our shared history” Cllr Rebecca Lury, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Equalities and Communities, Southwark Council, said: “The list of speakers and their local Mayflower themed talks promise to help shine a light on Southwark’s role in the story of the historic voyage. The Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Local History Society has done a great job organising these London Lectures and I’m happy that the council has been able to support them with this. I will certainly be stopping by and would encourage others to snap up tickets as well.”

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