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Mayflower 400

London Lectures

The Mayflower 400 London Lectures commemorate the sailing of the ship in 1620 and offer an unmissable opportunity to discover her secrets, background, voyage and legacy, and to compare the themes and issues of 400 years ago with those of the world today.

They bring together a group of well-known and highly-regarded authors who have written about The Mayflower, the Leiden Congregation and the settlement of the people who became known as “The Pilgrims” in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Each of the six illustrated Wednesday evening talks is designed to be enjoyed either individually or as part of the series and takes place at Canada Water Theatre in Rotherhithe, the home port and final resting place of The Mayflower and her master.

For any enquiries please email mayflower400@rbhistory.org.uk

Booking Essential.

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. 

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

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

Apr 28, 2020


The Mayflower Compacted

Rita Cruise O'Brien, author of The Mayflower: Myths, Truths and Legacies, introduces the Mayflower story and the importance of Rotherhithe in its early days. EVENT POSTPONED

May 26, 2020


The Long Search for Freedom

Adrian Gray, author of From Here We Changed the World, discusses the origins of the people who became known as The Pilgrim Fathers.



Jun 23, 2020


Seafarers, Puritans and Beaver Hats

Nick Bunker, author of Making Haste from Babylon, investigates the role of money and The City behind the Mayflower's voyage. 



Jul 28, 2020

7:00pm and 7:30pm departures

History, Art & The Mayflower

A Local Walk in Rotherhithe led by Blue Badge Guides.

FREE. Booking Opens Jun 24, 2020.

Departure point to be advised to successful applicants.



Sep 01, 2020


“One of my horses could preach as well as the curate!”

James Evans, author of Emigrants: Why the English Sailed to the New World, considers the state of the clergy in England at the time and the establishment of new faith communities. 

Booking Opens Jul 29, 2020.

Sep 29, 2020


One Small Candle

Rebecca Fraser, author of The Mayflower Generation: The Winslow Family and the Fights for the New World, identifies the people who made the voyage and their fate in America.

Booking Opens Sep 2, 2020.


Nov 25, 2020


The Making of the Mayflower Myth

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

Booking Opens Sep 30, 2020.

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