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New education resources to teach Mayflower story from multiple perspectives

New education resources to teach Mayflower story from multiple perspectives

Mayflower 400 Southampton are pleased to announce phase one of their school education resources are now available to all local schools. These educational resources have been produced to connect school pupils with our local history as a Gateway city and a city of sanctuary. The heritage-based school programme was co-created by Oasis Academy Mayfield and Paula Peters of the Wampanoag tribespeople.

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the resource enables learning in primary, secondary and SEN environments, with dual-focus; telling the Mayflower story from both the perspective of the European settlers and the Native Americans. This is the first time Wampanoag people have co-curated education materials for UK students.

The learning resource works to address the single-perspective history that has previously been taught in UK schools by embedding the Wampanoag voice into the Mayflower story. The scheme of work aims to not only teach the Wampanoag story but also explore the reasons why they may have been excluded from history teaching previously. It also discusses issues that are still as pertinent now as they were then; such as tolerance, disease, grief, sanctuary, democracy and respect.

Claire Taylor, Principal at Oasis Academy Mayfield, said: “We are delighted to produce new educational resources for Mayflower 400. The series of lessons will help children to connect with Southampton’s maritime history, the city’s place in history, as well as the global and local legacy of the sailing of the Mayflower. These resources will enrich our programme of equality and inclusion and we’re proud to share these resources with other schools in the city.”

Mayflower 400 aims to engage Southampton residents in conversations about migration and remind them of the place of sanctuary it has provided to many people over the centuries. This resource has been designed specifically to assist schools in achieving or maintaining ‘School of Sanctuary’ status. Many schools in Southampton are already schools of sanctuary and Mayflower 400 encourage others to take steps towards being part of this great initiative. The resources are free to access and can be downloaded here.

Caterina Loriggio, Mayflower 400 Anniversary Director, added: “We are so pleased to be able to launch our learning resources for Mayflower 400. We hope that Mayflower 400 can leave Southampton a more tolerant, understanding city who does more to recognise itself as a place of Sanctuary.”

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Sue Blatchford made the following pledge: “We have learnt much from working with representatives of the Wampanoag tribe and are enriched by the experience. We commit to ensuring all our school children learn their story. From now on, the story of the Mayflower will be told in this city not just from the perspective of those waving the ship off, but also from those witnessing its arrival from (what is now) the Massachusetts shore.”

For those wishing to learn more about the Wampanoag and their traditions; Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America opened recently in Southampton and is on at SeaCity museum until the 8th November. The exhibition explores the history, art and culture of the Native Americans who met the passengers of the Mayflower on their arrival. Wampanoag artists share their story and set out their creative aspirations for the future through images, ideas and wampum. You can book tickets here.

For more information about Mayflower 400 in Southampton visit: www.mayflower400southampton.co.uk 

Daniel Marsh