Mayflower 400: What's on so far?

Mayflower 400: Whats on so far?

The 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from the UK to the New World is upon us and The Mayflower 400 Team are producing
a whole programme of events across the city. More announcements will be made in January as we kick off the anniversary year but in the meantime a taste of some of Southampton’s partner programmes…

John Hansard Gallery

John Hansard Gallery have numerous exhibitions throughout 2020 exploring the themes of Mayflower. Some of these include: Haroon Mirza: Waves and Forms 19 October 2019 – 11 January 2020, Larry Achiampong: Relic Traveller 25 January – 21 March 2020, Adam Barker-Mill: Horizon 2 May – 11 July 2020.

Other Exhibitions (Mariner: A Painted Ship Upon a Painted Ocean, 2 May – 11 July 2020 and Seaside: Photographed, 31 October 2020 – 16 January 2021) will feature Artists including: Vija Celmins, Nadav Kander, Tacita Dean, Lucy and Jorge Orta, and new commissions by Serena Korda, Mary Evans, Grace Schwindt, Jane Bown, Henri Cartier Bresson, Vanley Burke, Anna Fox, Susan Hiller, Paul Nash, Martin Parr, Ingrid Pollard.

John Hansard’s popular ‘Community Takeover’ events will also be themed for 2020. 28 March – 18 April 2020 the gallery will be transformed by a vibrant series of activities, displays and workshops by local groups, artists and partners exploring Southampton’s status as a City of Sanctuary. 

26 September –17 October 2020 the takeover will be exploring the theme of Environment and Sustainability in relation to Derek Jarman’s and ‘Seaside: Photographed’ exhibitions

Throughout 2020 John Hansard Gallery will also host a talks and engagement programme reflecting on Mayflower 400 and the theme of ‘Toxic Utopia’ in partnership with University of Southampton’s Centre for Imperial and Postcolonial Studies.

Turner Sims

Turner Sims are joining the Mayflower 400 programme in various ways throughout 2020, including a Journey’s theme across their whole season.

God’s House Tower

Visit God’s House Tower and see Southampton as it was in 1620. The Ken Hellyar model map – a focal point of the heritage exhibition Stories Behind the Stones – shows Southampton in 1620, and has been fully animated with a state-of-the-art audio visual show telling the story of the walled town.

Take the spiral staircase to the roof for stunning views across Southampton Water, and watch ships as they make their way out of the city, on the same route the Mayflower would have taken 400 years ago.

God’s House Tower have a full series of events programmed in 2020 as part of the Mayflower anniversary year. More information here

Pear Tree 400

Pear Tree Church is the oldest Anglican Church anywhere in the world - being the first church built (1618) and consecrated (1620) after the Reformation. Pear Tree Church still seeks to serve the people of Southampton and is celebrating its own 400th Anniversary in 2020. Plenty of events have been planned and they are currently looking for the couple, married in Pear Tree, who have been married the longest, and others celebrating significant anniversaries in 2020 to join them in a celebration of marriage. More Information here

St Michaels 950

St Michael the Archangel was founded in 1070 which makes it Southampton's oldest functioning building. The 950th Anniversary celebrations begin on Advent Sunday 2019 and will include notable Services throughout the year together with a series of International and National concerts starting February 2020

The 2020 concert series (Sundays 6.30pm) will feature artists including: The Hartley Vocal Ensemble, The Zemlinsky Trio, Chloe Stratta & Anna Mclachlan, The Wessex Vocal Consort. Papagena, Cantores Michaelis, Andrew Hamilton, Celestial Sirens, Schola Nova Silvana and International Jazz & Blues Singer Joe Stilgoe. 

More information, including dates and ticket prices can be found here

Want to run your own event inspired by the Mayflower themes?

  • Journeys, Migration and the Sea
  • Welcome and Sanctuary
  • Faith, Hope and Courage
  • Tolerance, Empathy and Understanding
  • Innovation and Enterprise

Email: and get advice on running an event here

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