My Mayflower

Mayflower 400 UK has been presenting a series of digital programmes in the build-up to the 400-year anniversary of the ship's historic voyage.

My Mayflower tells stories of those forever linked to the ship's legacy and impassioned by the anniversary of its pioneering sailing to America in 1620.

Watch our episodes below to discover hidden secrets and fascinating insights, told by the people who live and breath the stories of the Mayflower.

Meanwhile, our Re-Informed series allows artists and producers to give an insight to their work and how it explores the Mayflower story - without shying away from its challenging history.

Next episode: Virtual Voyages - The House of Christopher Jones

The seaside town of Harwich in Essex plays a hugely important part in the Mayflower story.

For it was here that the ship's captain, Christopher Jones, was born and lived until leading the historic voyage in 1620.

This Saturday, the latest short film in our 'Virtual Voyages' series offers the opportunity to discover more about Jones and step inside his former home.

The property in King’s Head Street has now been converted into a museum as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations.

Featuring fascinating historical accounts and insights from Andy Schooler, secretary of The Harwich Society, our video steps back in time to explore this wonderful building, thought to have been built around 1550.

The property has since been painstakingly restored by its current owner and even features a plaque outside in tribute to Christopher Jones.

Without Jones, the colonists would likely have never made it to America.

Against all the odds, he sailed the Mayflower through fierce transatlantic storms and guided the passengers and crew across one of the most challenging stretches of water on earth.

Jones was still at the helm when he and his crew once again navigated the treacherous Atlantic and sailed into Rotherhithe on 6 May 1621.

However, his health had been badly affected by the treacherous voyages and he died in March the following year, before being buried at St Mary’s Church.

A statue in the grounds of the church commemorates Jones's role in the Mayflower story. It is represented in the guise of St Christopher, patron saint of travellers, holding a child.

Watch 'Virtual Voyages: The House of Christopher Jones' on our website and on our Facebook page here from 5pm (UK time) on Saturday 24 July.

View videos from our My Mayflower, Virtual Voyages and Re-informed series below.

  • My Mayflower: Plymouth Brick Project

    This short film goes behind the scenes of Plymouth Brick Project, an engaging community public art activity which aims to create a lasting monument in the city for Mayflower 400 and beyond.

    In this exclusive video, local artist Dan Petley talks in-depth about the project, in which he and a number of dedicated volunteers are transforming the steps on Glen Park Avenue.

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  • My Mayflower: 400 - A Comedy

    The award-winning Le Navet Bete rounded off their 'Season of Silliness' at Theatre Royal Plymouth this summer with '400: A Comedy' - a fast-paced comedy for all the family which formed part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations.

    Watch our short film and discover more about this unique performance - including exclusive interviews with the extremely talented cast and crew.

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  • My Mayflower: Mayflower Reflections

    This short film in our My Mayflower digital series explores the story of Mayflower Reflections, a virtual reality experience that immerses audiences in the story of the momentous journey and explores the contemporary parallels with the early voyagers.

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  • My Mayflower: The Mayflower II

    The first in the My Mayflower series brings to life the people connected to the remarkable story of Mayflower II.

    The Mayflower II is a ship that represents far more than an extraordinary crossing of the Atlantic. It symbolises the special relationship between the UK and the United States.

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  • My Mayflower: The Man Who Built The Mayflower II

    The latest film in our My Mayflower series tells the story of Warwick Charlton, the man behind the remarkable Mayflower II project in 1957 - a monumentous feat of construction, planning and engineering.

    My Mayflower: The Man Who Built The Mayflower II tells the real story behind the ship's sailing with fascinating archive footage and an in-depth interview with Warwick's son, Randal - author of The Wicked Pilgrim, a new book that chronicles Warwick's endeavours.

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  • My Mayflower: The Making of the Pilgrim Woman

    The second in the My Mayflower series follows the story of Rachel Carter and the creation of the Pilgrim Woman.

    Rachel's story brings together different cultures on both sides of the Atlantic in a true commemoration of their shared history, while shining a light on the often untold role of women in the Mayflower story through the making of her Pilgrim Woman sculpture.

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  • My Mayflower: The Pilgrim Woman, Part 2

    A talented textile artist from the Pilgrim Roots region, Rachel Carter can trace her ancestors back to the very places in England from where many of the Pilgrims came before they planned their voyage on the Mayflower some four centuries ago.

    She ‘recreated’ that very journey aboard a modern cargo vessel to work with local people in Provincetown, meeting a member of the Wampanoag tribe as she learned of their ancient weaving techniques, finding vital inspiration to create - and eventually become - the ’Pilgrim Woman’.

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  • My Mayflower: The Journey of the Mayflower by Stile Antico

    This My Mayflower video goes behind the scenes and previews a ground-breaking classical music interpretation of the Mayflower story.

    The Journey of the Mayflower is a retelling of the stories connected to the Mayflower's voyage by Stile Antico - one of the finest vocal ensembles, renowned for their vibrant and expressive interpretations of music from the Renaissance – and this preview features an extract from their music-drama film 'The Journey of the Mayflower'.

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  • My Mayflower: Turnchapel Through the Ages

    A fascinating new film has been revealed to celebrate 400 years of history in one of Devon most picturesque locations.

    ‘Turnchapel Through the Ages’ has been funded by the Mayflower 400 Community Sparks Fund and focuses on this wonderful waterside village in Plymouth.

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  • My Mayflower: Charting the Mayflower

    Why did the Mayflower sail? Why did the passengers leave? What was the impact of their settlement? Why weren't we taught this at school?

    Charting the Mayflower is a performance by the London Bubble Theatre, who over the past three years have been uncovering, considering and performing the Mayflower story through their eyes.

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

    Well-known TV historian Dan Snow presented an online documentary 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 reflected 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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  • Live Q&A: Jo Loosemore and Dr Kathryn Gray

    Dr Kathryn Gray, Associate Professor (Reader) in Early American Literature at the University of Plymouth, and Jo Loosemoore, curator of Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy for The Box Plymouth, take part in a special Mayflower 400 Q&A

    We will delve into many different aspects of the Mayflower story - examining objects and images, maps and books, and ideas and dangers.

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  • The Birth of Two Nations

    The Birth of Two Nations explores the historical backstory of the Mayflower and Speedwell sailing in 1620, and the reasons for the ‘Great Migration’ to America.

    These two episodes are an exclusive taster of the Mayflower 400 DVD produced by Focus - a triple DVD with hours of footage exploring the roots of the Mayflower story in England.

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  • Virtual Voyages

    Virtual Voyages showcases the places woven into the Mayflower story.

    Watch our episodes to discover hidden secrets and fascinating insights, told through the eyes of the people who live and breath the stories of the colonists.

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  • Re-Informed

    Re-informed 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.

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  • Mayflower 400 - The Story So Far

    Mayflower 400 revisits our anniversary year so far with a look back at the commemoration in 2020.

    'Mayflower 400 - The Story So Far' will look at the events, projects and stories that have taken place and developed despite the challenges of the global pandemic.

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