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.

Latest episode: 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.

Using a creative research-based approach, the South London community-based organisation have peeled back layers of the voyage and shared their findings through sold-out performances in parks, churches, streets and on film.

Their final performance of Charting the Mayflower is called The Enquiry and will be broadcast online on 27 and 28 March. It is a summary piece dramatising the questions they have encountered on their journey.

The latest short film in our Mayflower 400 My Mayflower series explores how 'Charting the Mayflower' came to be in the midst of a pandemic and how it has had a lasting effect on the community - and how they examined closely the role of London in the story.

My Mayflower: Charting the Mayflower will be shown on our website and on the Mayflower 400 UK Facebook page here from 5pm on Saturday, 20 March.

Watch London Bubble Theatre's Charting the Mayflower: The Enquiry via their Eventbrite page here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/london-bubble-theatre-12407417183

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

  • 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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  • 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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