Mayflower 400 Southampton

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Mayflower 400 Southampton

The 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from the UK to the New World takes place this year 2020. The Mayflower and her sister ship, The Speedwell, set sail from West Quay on 15 August 1620, carrying 102 passengers. Around 40 of these were the Puritan Separatists who have become known as America’s Founding Fathers. Documents that they created on board the ship went on to provide the foundations of the American constitution.

The Mayflower was an important world changing event which has had both positive and negative impact. The anniversary provides a moment to reflect upon this history and creates a platform to help us explore and shape a present and future informed by lessons of the past.

Mayflower 400 is an opportunity to celebrate Southampton, a city and a community, built on journeys and migration. An opportunity to tell our city’s story in all its richness. We will celebrate all the people of the world who have made Southampton their home and those have found sanctuary here. Southampton will be the first city to approach a Mayflower anniversary through the lens of migration.

Partners across Southampton will deliver an innovative and inclusive programme that uses the anniversary as a means to creatively explore the City’s wider and longer history as a marine city and gateway to the world. It will invite us to look at who we were, who we are, how our city has grown and to re-think our cultural and maritime future.

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- What is Mayflower 400?

Highlights of the Mayflower Anniversary Programme 

Important note: Dates are subject to change and projects may be cancelled due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please do not attempt to attend any event without checking with the host venue first. Information will be updated as soon new plans can be confirmed.

August 2020 
15 August - 8 Nov: Part of Southampton Stories at SeaCity Museum - Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America  
Opens 15 August: Southampton City Art Gallery - In Search of a New World, Open Exhibition (online exhibition)

October 2020
October: Hands of Love – Family Leaves Competition 
23 October 2020 – 30 January 2021: Southampton City Art Gallery - Shadows and Light

November 2020
6 - 15 November: Southampton Film Week
14 - 15 November  Free poetry workshop weekend (Partnering with ArtfulScribe on the 14 & 15 Nov they are hosting a weekend of free poetry workshops via zoom)
21 – 22 November: Turner Sims - New music commission
Late November: Art Asia - Belonging

December 20
10-12 December: Audacious CIC at Weston - Towers of Light

January 2021
30 January The Grid dance experience with Zoie Logic at Weston Shore. There will also be further dates in Spring 2021 at the Holyrood estate.

February 2021
February: Turner Sims – Voyages to a New World

April 2021
24 April: SAS Study Day - Southampton and Hampshire in the Time of the Mayflower

Ongoing Programmes
Solent Showcase Gallery - Community Workshop programme.
City Eye - Oral Histories programme.
Letters to the Mayflower

Community Programme

Wampanoag Content

Educational Resources

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See Southampton, Mayflower Heritage Guides and Southampton Tourist Guides Association all offer guided walking tours of the city, offering insight into the locations important to the Mayflower story.

For more up to date information visit the Mayflower400 Southampton website

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Mayflower Exhibition at Westgate Tower
The Mayflower Exhibition at Westgate Tower, bought to you by SEE Southampton and Southampton's City Council Archaeology Unit, is now open every Sunday from 10am - 3pm.

Discover some of the events that took place in Southampton that were linked to the sailing of the Mayflower and Speedwell ships in 1620. Entry is free, but you will need to book due to limited capacity, please email

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