Virtual Voyages and My Mayflower

Mayflower 400 UK is presenting two new series of digital programmes in the build-up to the 400-year anniversary of ship's historic voyage on 16 September 2020.

Called My Mayflower and Virtual Voyages the two series will explore the people and places connected to Mayflower story

The My Mayflower series will tell stories through the eyes of those forever linked to the ship's legacy and impassioned by the anniversary of its pioneering sailing to America in 1620.

Virtual Voyages will showcase the places woven into the Mayflower story including their hidden secrets and fascinating back stories that make up the richness of the Mayflower story.

Next episode: My Mayflower - 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.

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

This online documentary 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.

Our short film will play here on the Mayflower 400 UK website and Facebook page here at 6pm UK time and midday EST on Wednesday, 16 September.

View our previous episodes below.

  • Virtual Voyages: The Homes of Brewster and Bradford

    Discover the homes, places and roots of two of the leading figures in the Mayflower story, William Brewster and William Bradford, as we explore the historic villages clustered together in north Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.

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  • Virtual Voyages: Boston

    Discover how the Mayflower Pilgrims made a daring escape despite being betrayed, locked up and hauled before the courts in our Virtual Voyage of Boston, UK.

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  • Virtual Voyages: Dorking

    Join us on our Virtual Voyage as we explore 17th century Dorking, the picturesque Surrey town once home to the shoemaker William Mullins and his family.

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  • Virtual Voyages: Leiden

    A city walk through the historic city centre of Leiden with our friends at Mayflower 400 NL, while explaining the fascinating story of Leiden in the Golden Age and the role of the Pilgrims during this period.

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  • 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.

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  • Virtual Voyages: Southampton

    Take a tour of the beautiful walled city of Southampton - a key location in the Mayflower story. The Mayflower arrived in Southampton in late July 1620 and several days later was joined by the Speedwell, carrying the Pilgrims from Leiden.

    Their intention was to prepare both vessels and sail in company directly to America. Weeks later, on 15 August, the two ships weighed anchor and set sail - but only one of them would complete the transatlantic journey...

    Presented by Blue Badge guide Julia Brewer and historian Dr Cheryl Butler, it will also look at some of the fascinating stories of the people who came from the city and played a crucial role in the Mayflower voyage and beyond.

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  • Virtual Voyages: The City of London

    Discover the stories behind how the Mayflower’s journey across the Atlantic was funded, the commercial reasons for why the ship sailed and the people involved in financing its crossing in the heart of what we now know as the Square Mile.

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  • Re-informed: Toby Gorniak

    Toby Gorniak is the founder of Street Factory, an award-winning hip hop community interest company that helps young people, artists and practitioners grow and seize their potential.

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  • Re-informed: Paula Peters

    In the second of our Re-informed series, we talk to Paula Peters, founder of Native American creative agency SmokeSygnals and a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Nation.

    Speaking from her home in Mashpee, Massachusetts, Paula explores the Mayflower story from a Native American point of view, and discusses the impact it had - and continues to have - on the Wampanoag Nation.

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  • Re-informed: Still/Moving

    We speak to the team behind Speedwell, the stunning light installation on Plymouth's Mount Batten Breakwater.speak to the team behind Speedwell, the stunning light installation on Plymouth's Mount Batten Breakwater.

    Artists Laura Hopes, Martin Hampton and Léonie Hampton explain how Speedwell asks visitors to imagine new worlds of living, caring and dying well together and invites visitors to add their own voices in response to the sculpture.

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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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  • The Making of the Wampum Belt

    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, and it is told in a powerful new short film.

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  • Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America

    Wampum belts are the closest thing to written history for Wampanoag people - and the creation of a new belt is the focus of this fascinating short film.

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  • We Are Still Here

    We Are Still Here explores 400 years of Wampanoag history and how the arrival of European colonists would forever change their way of life - which stretches back 12,000 years.

    This video explores the Wampanoag story and how in 2020, the Nation’s people are very much still here as an integral part of the 400th anniversary commemorations of the Mayflower’s sailing on both sides of the Atlantic.

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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 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.

    More info
    Watch

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