Mayflower 400 is the four hundred commemoration of the historic voyage and impact of the ship, passengers and crew to America in 1620.
The Mayflower 400 programme of arts, education and cultural activities includes everything from community events through to major exhibitions, performances and plays reflecting the history around the voyage with the majority being free for people to attend.
With over 30 million people being able to trace their ancestry to the people on the ship, the Mayflower 400 commemorations will involve four nations, Netherlands, UK, USA and the Wampanoag Nation.
Prior to the Mayflower’s departure from Plymouth, England, Mayflower history was written in many towns and cities -each of them detailed in the Mayflower trail. The trail includes Austerfield,Scrooby & Babworth, Gainsborough, Boston, Immingham, Worcestershire,Chorley, Dorking, Leiden, Holland, Harwich, Rotherhithe, City of London, Southampton, Dartmouth, Plymouth and Plymouth, USA. All of these locations play a collective part in the story of the Mayflower and the people involved.
Go to www.mayflower400.org.uk for the latest information on events and stories around this landmark year for England.
In this Saturday’s Virtual Voyage, see an exclusive guided tour of the new Mayflower 400: Legend & Legacy exhibition at The Box in Plymouth.
This ground-breaking exhibition, years in the making, features scores of fascinating objects linked to the story from the USA, England, Netherlands and the Wampanoag Nation.
See inside the replica of the ship and find the 17th Century pottery the passengers would have eaten from, the toys the children would have played with and find out an original 1600s map of Leiden, the Dutch city where they lived for over a decade before their voyage across the Atlantic.
The film will also reveal a glimpse of the exhibition’s remarkable wall of descendants, covered in dozens of faces of those who are descended from the ship’s original passengers.