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 marks the 400th anniversary year from 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 examines the history of four nations from multiple angles, explores the experiences of those impacted and tells of the ruthless consequences of colonisation.

This anniversary year faces up to these difficult truths.

It tells 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 highlights 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.

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.

14-15 Aug 21

The Hatchling

Plymouth, England

Mayflower Autonomous Ship

The Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) is a highly innovative project to design, build and sail the world's first full-sized, fully autonomous unmanned ship across the Atlantic Ocean.

The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room by Beyond Face is one of the signature digital events in the Mayflower 400 Plymouth programme.

16 Jun-04 Jul 21

Le Navet Bete present 400: A Comedy

Plymouth, England

Speedwell

Exploring the large-scale art installation that has transformed the Mount Batten Breakwater in Plymouth into a public forum for discussion and debate about the impact and legacy of the Mayflower's journey, colonialism and the ecological state of our planet during the Mayflower 400 commemorations.

Re-Informed

Re-Informed

Our Re-informed series allows artists and producers to give an insight to their work. Watch our episodes to explore the Mayflower story - without shying away from its challenging history.

Mayflower Events and Festivals

Mayflower 400 for Schools

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