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: 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 our next short film.
Nearly four centuries ago, the breakdown of the alliance between the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims was almost inevitable. Once the Europeans’ new need was to expand their land for their cattle and their farms, it required them to further encroach on the land of the Wampanoag. This in turn led to a number of conflicts and, ultimately, King Philip’s War in 1676.
Following a bloody battle that claimed the lives of thousands, Wampanoag leader Metacom was killed and his prized wampum belt seized.
The belt was turned over to the Governor of Plymouth Colony, Josiah Winslow, who had written a war report and was planning to deliver spoils of war back to the King of England. Winslow handed them to his brother-in-law, Waldegrave Pelham, who then took the belt across to England where it’s unclear what happened after that.
All that is known, is that it was never delivered to the King…
Now, to mark 400 years of shared history between nations, Wampanoag artists and scholars have created a new wampum belt in partnership with The Box Plymouth, that will tour the UK in a project of huge cultural significance.
Titled ‘Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America’, the exciting new exhibition will tell the story of the Wampanoag and the making of this new belt.
Our next short film tells the story of this remarkable project with echos of centuries of Native American history. You’ll hear from 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, as well as Paula Peters from SmokeSygnals.
It will play here on the Mayflower 400 UK website and Facebook page here at 5pm UK time and midday EST on Saturday, 8 August.
Find out more about the 'Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America’ exhibition here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.