Mayflower 400 Southampton

Oral Histories

Southampton will be the first city to look at a Mayflower anniversary through the lens of migration, looking at the sailing in the context of Southampton’s long-history as a place of refuge, migration and transmigration, drawing out themes pertinent to modern Southampton. We will be marking the anniversary through a series of educational, cultural and community programmes and will be collecting oral histories throughout 2020. 

Community film resource, City Eye and oral historian Padmini Broomfield will work together to reveal the stories of 12 BAME and migrant community members living in Southampton. The resultant oral histories will inspire a project with 60 young people creating short films which will be presented during the city’s annual film festival, Southampton Film Week, during November 2020. They will also inspire a large-scale music commission, working with Turner Sims, a group of BAME musicians and local choral groups representing different cultures and musical genres will come together for a final performance in February 2021. The stories will also be used to inform our School of Sanctuary linked education programme which will focus on migration to, and transmigration via Southampton. The audio, sound and music recordings will be available for future generations as legacy interpretation, learning and online resources.

For the in-depth oral history programme we are looking for 12 stories from Southampton’s BAME and migrant community. The story must be relevant to Southampton. We are particularly interested in elders who can talk widely about their experiences, including how and when they came to Southampton and how they came to think of the city as their home. The interviews, recorded on digital audio, will be preserved in the City Archives and will inspire all of the work detailed above.

Know someone who fits the bill? Email us: mayflower400@southampton.gov.uk

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