Charting Mayflower History

The educational reach of the Mayflower programme is across all ages, abilities and activities, ensuring Mayflower is an inclusive opportunity, allowing all to understand the people and the voyage.

By creating specially designed resources, our young people will be able to participate and learn about this international event, both in the classroom, across the destinations, and with our partner compacts. 

Mayflower 400 is a commemoration, remembering the lives of the Mayflower Pilgrims, the Native American people they encountered and their legacy. It is an opportunity to delve into this significant historical event, from the beginnings of the Separatist movement in England to the first Thanksgiving in America, to appreciate the difficulties that were faced and understand its impact and relevance to society today. 

The education pages on this website are here to help you explore the narrative, the people behind the journey and the wider context of the Mayflower voyage. 


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The Mayflower Story

The story of the Pilgrims, their journey, and the colonisation of New England, is a complex one, spanning hundreds of years. This brief summary will provide an introduction to the Mayflower narrative.

Mayflower Steps

Teachers' Toolkit

The toolkit provides a bank of resources, for a range of ages and abilities; it includes simple worksheets through to whole schemes of work. There is also additional reading material and useful links to support the teaching and understanding of the Mayflower narrative.

Educational Events

In the lead up to, throughout 2020, and beyond, there will be a host of Mayflower 400 events - find out which ones allow for school involvement.

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The People

The Mayflower was boarded by 102 passengers and about 30 crew members; each had their own story, reasons for joining the voyage and hopes for the New World. Become acquainted with those on board.

Native America and the Mayflower

When the Mayflower arrived, Native America already had a documented history of contact with Europeans, spanning over 100 years, and had witnessed English colonies forming since Roanoke, in 1585. 1621 saw the forming of relationships that would alter the course of Native America, its population and its culture - this brief summary will introduce Native America and its people.

Education Themes

The Mayflower narrative is one that can cover a number of ideas, issues and values. Here, Mayflower has been broken down into five themes as a way to support understanding, research and questioning of its history.

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