Departures podcast episode 2 – Maidens’ Voyage
Episode 2: Maidens’ Voyage
Women are largely hidden from the history of early English emigration. But if you look hard enough you can sometimes catch glimpses of their stories in the archives. For example, in the early 17th century shiploads of young women were despatched to America by the Virginia Company of London. It was hoped they would marry the English planters in Jamestown and help grow the new colony.
But who were these young women prepared to travel thousands of miles across the ocean in search of a husband? And how did they fare? Mukti Jain Campion talks to Jennifer Potter, author of The Jamestown Brides: The Bartered Wives of the New World.
A Culture Wise Production for the Migration Museum
Producer: Mukti Jain Campion
Readings: Adrian Preater & Joanna Purslow
Music: Shakira Malkani
Ballad singer: Mary Keith
About our Departures podcast:
Departures is a new podcast from the Migration Museum exploring 400 years of emigration from Britain.
What would it take for you to leave your home? To leave everything and everyone you know to move to another country and start again. Over the past 400 years, that’s exactly what millions of British people have been doing. Today, the news headlines are full of stories of migrants trying to come to Britain. But for most of this country’s history, it’s actually been the other way round. And Britain’s emigration rate remains one of the highest in the world. Why has such a small island nation produced so many migrants and how have they shaped the world we live in today? In a new podcast series, Mukti Jain Campion speaks to people who are shedding new light on this often hidden history.
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This podcast accompanies the Migration Museum’s exhibition Departures: 400 Years of Emigration from Britain.
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Image: The Shipload of Wives by William Ludwell Sheppard (From The New York Public Library)