Pilgrim exhibition opening at Boston Guildhall

A new exhibition will reveal exciting information that will change how the Pilgrim story is viewed in Boston and how the historic town’s connections had a profound influence on the foundations of America.

The exhibition will open on Saturday, September 28, at the Boston Guildhall - where the Mayflower Pilgrims were once held and tried.

The Lincolnshire town has long been associated with the Pilgrims' pioneering voyage to America in 1620.

Until now though it has been thought of as the port and market town where in 1607 a group of religious separatists with no connections to the town dramatically attempted to escape England, only to be betrayed and arrested.  

New research reveals a very different story, uncovering a complex and compelling tale of intrigue and influence which enhances Boston’s importance from the wider beginnings of the Pilgrims through to founding and administration of Boston, Massachusetts, in 1630. 

Boston Guildhall, where the Pilgrims were famously tried and held after their betrayal in 1607, is developing a new Pilgrim and American themed exhibition which uncovers these new connections.

Original documents will be on display telling the story in the very building where the Pilgrims were tried. You can see the cells where they were held and experience the council chamber where the leaders of the town met and decided on the fates of many - including themselves. 

The museum will open its groundbreaking exhibition on Saturday, September 28, where visitors can enjoy the exhibition, activities, events and talks throughout the day.

Boston Guildhall cells

Inside Boston Guildhall's cells, where the Pilgrims were once held

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