16 September Anniversary

The Mayflower eventually set sail from Plymouth, UK, on 16 September 1620 to start what would prove to be a treacherous transatlantic voyage to America.

On board were more than 100 men, women and children – passengers and crew from different walks of life across England and the Dutch city of Leiden.

Now, 400 years later, a number of special events are planned to mark the anniversary - including an online documentary presented by well-known TV historian Dan Snow which will air on 16 September here on the Mayflower 400 UK website.

The documentary will reflect will reflect the story of the colonists, the impact their arrival had on the Native American people who helped them, and the wider colonial context of this journey.

It will also include a look at some of the cultural projects involved in the commemorative year.

The programme is the first in a series of key events within the Mayflower 400 event and culture programme that culminates with a Four Nations Commemoration Ceremony involving the USA, Netherlands, UK and Wampanoag nations on July 11 next year.

The anniversary programme will importantly involve representatives from the Wampanoag nation who will tell their side of this story in their own words for the first time having been censored or not included in previous anniversaries.

Below you'll find details of news, events, videos and articles relating to the anniversary from across the destinations linked to the Mayflower story.

  • The Mayflower: 400th Anniversary Special (History Hit Live)

    Well-known TV historian Dan Snow is presenting an online documentary which will air on 16 September, marking exactly 400 years to the day since the Mayflower set sail.

    'The Mayflower: 400th Anniversary Special' History Hit Live digital programme will reflect the story of the colonists, the impact their arrival had on the Native American people who helped them, and the wider colonial context of this journey.

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  • Read: The journey to 16 September

    The Mayflower eventually set sail from Plymouth, UK, on 16 September 1620 to start what would prove to be a treacherous transatlantic voyage to America.

    But Plymouth was just the final departure point in a journey that had begun many years earlier. This is the fascinating story of how the colonists made the trip possible, and the events that led to them gathering on the water’s edge in Devon some 400 years ago.

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  • Read: Plymouth’s Mayflower 400 Young City Laureate pens special poem for anniversary event

    A special poem has been commissioned from the Mayflower 400 Plymouth Young City Laureate as part of the commemoration year.

    Holly Peters has written a wonderful poem titled 'Mother Mayflower' which will be read out at the special Mayflower 400 anniversary event on 16 September.

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  • Read: Composers unite for special Mayflower 400 multimedia piece in London

    As part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations, four composers from nonclassical - the London-based music promoter, record label and events producer - will present a multimedia piece that takes journeys, migration and cultural identities as its themes.

    The works will be premiered here on 16 September at 6pm, marking 400 years to the day that the Mayflower set sail.

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  • Event: An Evening with Adrian Gray

    North Notts Lit Fest is taking place digitally and distanced this year, with lots of exciting online content themed around Journeys.

    At 7pm on 16 September, you can enjoy 'An Evening with Adrian Gray' as he discusses his book, From Here We Changed the World, live on North Notts Lit Fest Facebook.

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  • Event: 66 Days

    As part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations, four composers from nonclassical - the London-based music promoter, record label and events producer - will present a multimedia piece that takes journeys, migration and cultural identities as its themes.

    The works will be premiered on 16 September at 6pm, marking the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower setting sail.

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  • Watch: Virtual Voyages - Plymouth

    Discover a Virtual Voyage of Plymouth with a tour of this famous seafaring city, the Mayflower’s final stop before it crossed the Atlantic in 1620.

    The film explores some of the places in Plymouth connected to the Mayflower story and the 17th century waterfront.

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  • Read: TV historian hosting digital documentary to commemorate Mayflower voyage

    Well-known TV historian Dan Snow is presenting an online documentary which will air on 16 September, marking exactly 400 years to the day since the Mayflower ship set sail.

    Titled 'Mayflower 400 - Steering our future, informed by the past', the 'History Hit' digital programme will reflect the story of the colonists, the impact their arrival had on the Native American people who helped them, and the wider colonial context of this journey.

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  • Read: New Mayflower 400 cultural programme and online anniversary event announced

    New dates have been announced for key events within the Mayflower 400 event and culture programme that will now run through to July 2021.

    This includes an online documentary presented by well-known TV historian Dan Snow on 16 September, marking 400 years to the day since the Mayflower ship set sail.

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  • Read: Download interactive Plymouth Trails app and explore city's fascinating past

    An app featuring self-guided walking trails throughout Plymouth is now available to download, giving visitors and locals alike the chance to explore the city through new eyes and discover more about its complex history.

    The interactive Plymouth Trails app is free to download and includes three new tailored trails: the Mayflower Trail, the City Centre Trail, and the Plymouth Hoe Trail.

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  • Read: New Mayflower pilgrimage from Dartmouth to Plymouth to mark 400th anniversary

    A vicar from Devon is leading a new pilgrimage from Dartmouth to Plymouth this week to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.

    The Reverend Martin Warren and his fellow pilgrims will arrive at the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth by ferry at 1pm on Wednesday, 16 September - 400 years to the day since the Mayflower set sail from the city.

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  • Read: Argyle Community Trust explore Mayflower Trail on 16 September anniversary

    The Argyle Community Trust (ACT) were on the waterfront in Plymouth as the city marked the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower setting sail.

    The ACT has been involved in the Mayflower 400 UK commemorations since late 2017, appointed by Plymouth City Council as the lead body in the stimulation and coordination of a sport and wellbeing programme and portfolio of events to raise participation in the city.

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  • Exhibition: A Mile In My Shoes

    At Southampton's Westquay, from 12-20 September 2020, the Empathy Museum’s 'A Mile In My Shoes' is a shoe shop where visitors are invited to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – literally.

    Wearing a pair of the contributor's shoes, visitors can go for a walk, listening to the shoes' original owner telling them a story.

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  • Event: Pilgrims Gallery Anniversary Event

    The culmination of North Notts. Lit Fest and Heritage Open Days coincides with the first anniversary of the Pilgrims Gallery.

    The event on September 19 will feature the planting of the announcement of the North Notts. Lit Fest competition winners; the Pilgrim 400 apple tree in Bassetlaw Museum Gardens; and the cutting of the Pilgrims Gallery birthday cake.

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  • Event: Speedwell

    'Speedwell' is a large-scale art installation which is currently lighting up Plymouth, UK.

    It has transformed the Mount Batten Breakwater into a public forum for discussion and debate about the impact and legacy of the ship's journey, colonialism and the ecological state of our planet during the Mayflower 400 commemorations.

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