Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy

The Box is closed from Thursday, 5 November until Wednesday, 2 December as a result of the national lockdown. Tickets for the remainder of December can be booked here.

Mayflower 400: Legend And Legacy is the flagship exhibition for The Box - the city's new multi-million-pound cultural and heritage attraction.

Featuring more than 300 objects drawn from museum, library and archive collections across the UK, USA and The Netherlands, Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy is an epic journal of survival, imagination and 400 years of America.

The exhibition has been created in partnership with the Wampanoag Advisory Committee to Plymouth 400 in Massachusetts and uses objects, images and ideas to explore early English attempts to colonise America, and acknowledge conflict with Native America and the impact of colonisation on the indigenous population.

Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy also discusses the context of the sailing of the Mayflower in 1620, details the lives of the passengers, and considers the cultural, demographic and personal legacies of the story.

Many objects are coming to Plymouth for the first time, or are returning to the city for the first time in 400 years. Native American items from the National Museum of the American Indian and the Harvard Peabody collection present 12,000 years of indigenous history, while the Second Peirce Patent from Pilgrim Hall Museum is the oldest existing state document of New England.

A new Wampanoag piece, created specifically for this show by the artist Nosapocket/Ramona Peters, will be on display. Her artwork is Plymouth’s first-ever artistic commission to a Wampanoag artist and we are honoured to welcome it into the permanent collections of The Box.

A partnership with the New England Historical Genealogical Society has enabled us to present the images of 1,000 Mayflower descendants of today.

You can view details of Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy, get a sneak peek inside The Box and discover more about the fascinating history of Plymouth using the links below.

  • Event: Mayflower 400: Legend And Legacy

    Featuring more than 300 objects drawn from museum, library and archive collections across the UK, USA and The Netherlands, Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy is an epic journal of survival, imagination and 400 years of America.

    The exhibition has been created in partnership with the Wampanoag Advisory Committee to Plymouth 400 in Massachusetts and uses objects, images and ideas to explore early English attempts to colonise America, and acknowledge conflict with Native America and the impact of colonisation on the indigenous population.

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  • News: New opening date for The Box Plymouth revealed

    The Box - Plymouth's new multi-million-pound cultural and heritage attraction - has an official grand opening date.

    Its flagship opening exhibition will be Mayflower 400: Legend And Legacy, the national commemorative exhibition for the Mayflower 400 anniversary and the largest loans exhibition ever staged by the city of Plymouth.

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  • The Box: Everything you need to know

    Excitement is growing for the grand opening of The Box, Plymouth's new multi-million-pound cultural and heritage attraction.

    One of the opening exhibitions will be Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy and is one of the highlights of the Mayflower year.

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  • Video: 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 - as part of Plymouth History Festival.

    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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  • Video: 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.

    The film explores some of the places in Plymouth connected to the Mayflower story and the 17th century waterfront.

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  • News: Plymouth goes large in 2021 with impressive event programme

    Plymouth is bouncing back in 2021 with fresh plans for a year of events and activities starting from the exact date the Mayflower ship set sail 400 years ago.

    The Mayflower 400 commemorations will run into next year, with an event for digital viewing on 16 September, 2020, marking the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower ship sailing.

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  • Video: Virtual Voyages: Legend & Legacy

    Enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the new Mayflower 400: Legend & Legacy exhibition at The Box in Plymouth.

    You’ll also get a glimpse the exhibition’s remarkable wall of descendants, covered in dozens of faces of those who are descended from the ship’s original passengers.

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