About Mayflower 400

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 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 and 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 cultural programme will work 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 and ultimately the slaughter of their proud people.

The commemoration is a shared history of four nations – the Wampanoag, UK, USA and Netherlands – each committed to unpacking the untold stories and highlighting the experiences of different ethnic groups both in history and today as well as studying both the religious and commercial reasons for the Pilgrims’ journey.

Groundbreaking productions such as This Land will see the Wampanoag people work side by side with UK residents in a remarkably ambitious piece of transatlantic community theatre. The exhibition of a new Wampum Belt by the Wampanoag on English shores is a global event of huge historic significance.

Informed by the past, the anniversary hopes to inspire the future.

Explore these highly innovative projects, the people behind them and the places linked to the anniversary and how to visit them on this website.

You can also read articles and watch videos on the history of the Mayflower, find educational toolkits and read the latest news about the commemoration and the events programme.

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