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Mayflower 400 Christopher Jones Lectures

Commemorating the voyage of 1620 and the life of her Rotherhithe-based master
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Five illustrated talks commemorating the historic sailing to the New World of 1620, and the life of the Mayflower's Rotherhithe-based master.

The evenings can be enjoyed individually or as part of the series and take place at Canada Water Theatre in Rotherhithe, the home port and final resting place of the ship and her master.

Christopher Jones moved to Rotherhithe in 1611 and lived there for the rest of his days. Several of his children were born in the parish, and he was buried at St Mary’s Church on 5th March 1622.

Organised by the Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Local History Society but open to everyone at only £3.75 each, including a glass of wine at the interval.

An unmissable opportunity to discover the Mayflower’s secrets, background, voyage and legacy, and to compare the themes and issues of 400 years ago with those of the world today.



Booking Essential 

Only £3.75 (members attend free) including a glass of wine at the interval. 
All lectures at Canada Water Theatre, 21 Surrey Quays Rd, Rotherhithe, London SE16 7AR.
Canada Water tube (Jubilee, London Overground) is next door.
Buses 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, C10, P12 stop outside.
Running time 90 minutes (approx.) including interval.

Any ticket related enquiries please contact
Canada Water Theatre Box Office.
Telephone: 020 8692 4446

Any membership or lecture enquiries please contact the Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Local History Society.

Canada Water Theatre

Our lectures will be taking
place here between
Wed 2nd March - Wed 29th June 

Booking Essential

Canada Water Theatre, 21 Surrey Quays Rd, Rotherhithe, London SE16 7AR. 

Canada Water tube (Jubilee, London Overground) is next door.

Buses 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, C10, P12 stop outside.

The Mayflower,
London & Donald Trump,
with Graham Taylor

Wed 30th March 2022
Time: 7:30pm (doors 7pm)

Graham Taylor, author of The Mayflower in Britain: How an icon was made in London, examines London’s role in the Mayflower expedition of 1620, and adds a 2020 perspective.

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The Women of Jamestown and Plymouth: Radically Different Beginnings, with Jennifer Potter and Rebecca Fraser 

Wed 25th May 2022
Time: 7:30pm (doors 7pm)

Jennifer Potter, author of The Jamestown Brides, and Rebecca Fraser offer a new perspective on the importance of women in early colonial history.

Introduction to the Mayflower and 'One Small Candle', with Rebecca Fraser

Wed 2 March 2022 
Time: 7:30pm (doors 7pm)

Rebecca Fraser, author of The Mayflower Generation: The Winslow Family and the Fight for the New World, introduces the Mayflower story and identifies the people who made the voyage.

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The Journey to the Mayflower, with Stephen Tomkins

Wed 27th April 2022
Time: 7:30pm (doors 7pm)

Stephen Tomkins, author of The Journey to the Mayflower, reveals the illegal underground church in the time of Elizabeth I and James I, and their ground-breaking idea of religious freedom

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The Making of the Mayflower Myth and Christopher Jones, with Rita Cruise O'Brien

Wed 29th June 2022
Time: 7:30pm (doors 7pm)

Rita Cruise O'Brien, author of The Mayflower: Myths, Truths and Legacies, considers the myths and legacies of the Mayflower story, and her master, Christopher Jones.





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  £12.00 - one year membership 

Becoming a member of the Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Local History Society costs only £12 a year! This includes free access to all of the remaining lectures - and the interval drink too!! And if you join now then you’ll have nothing more to pay until April 2023. Further benefits include our local history journal, The Redriffe Chronicle, and access to all our other events too.
If you’d like to take up this amazing offer then simply click on the booking link above, reserve Member tickets, and then join the Society immediately afterwards via our
membership page on this website.


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