Exploring the Mayflower anniversary from multiple angles

Mayflower 400 UK is an honest, broad and inclusive commemoration of the ship’s sailing from England to America and its often challenging legacy.

It will mark the 400th anniversary year from now through 2021 like never before in history.

For the first time, audiences across the globe will be taken far beyond the story of the ‘Pilgrim Fathers’ and the one-dimensional version of the Mayflower voyage. It will examine the history of four nations from multiple angles, explore the experiences of those impacted and tell of the ruthless consequences of colonisation.

This anniversary year will face up to these difficult truths.

It will tell stories of persecution, loss and oppression as well as exploring the themes of migration, humanity and freedom that underpin its place in history.

The ambitious cultural programme will highlight the experiences of different ethnic groups both in history and today, working in tandem with the Wampanoag Nation, the very people who once stood alongside the Mayflower’s passengers but eventually saw their lands and homes brutally taken from them.

Explore these events, exhibitions, productions and projects and the people behind them throughout this website.

You can also read articles and watch videos on the history of the Mayflower, find educational toolkits and get information on visiting the places linked to the anniversary.

Read more about the Mayflower 400 commemoration here

Beyond Face

Commemoration Programme

The Mayflower 400 anniversary is an opportunity to explore all aspects of the story and the impact of the ship's sailing through a diverse range of cultural events and commemorative projects.


Settlement is a digital based programme featuring art, performance, discussion and social interaction from 29 key artists Indigenous to North America and the Pacific.

29 Sep-18 Sep 21

Mayflower 400: Legend And Legacy

Plymouth, England

Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America

The creation of a new Wampum Belt by the Native American Wampanoag Nation is one of the cornerstones of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's sailing.

The Mashpee Wampanoag

Members of the Mashpee community describe the impact the arrival of the Pilgrims has had on their way of life and share their history and culture

Thanksgiving and the National Day of Mourning

This section features news, events, videos and articles which seek to explore both sides of the story of the first Thanksgiving.

Mayflower Events and Festivals

Mayflower 400 for Schools

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