The 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from the UK to the New World takes place in 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. We will work to ensure Southampton continues to be a welcoming city.
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.
An exciting fusion of ideas, people, art, history, science, technology, food, faith and cultures.
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Southampton City Art Gallery 2020 Open Exhibition - Advance notice to artists
All residents of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire and Dorset are invited to submit their artwork for the Southampton City Art Gallery’s biennial ‘open exhibition’.
The exhibition is part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations: responses can touch on any one of the themes of journey, migration and the sea and entrants are encouraged to consider them as creatively and widely as possible. The successful artists will have their work exhibited at Southampton City Art Gallery from 18 July – 3 October 2020. Further details on how to apply >
Mayflower Theatre Opportunity
In 2020 as part of the 400 year commemorations of the Mayflower ship leaving Southampton for the New World, Mayflower Theatre has commissioned two new musicals and a dance production and this is your opportunity to register to take part.
Combining historical fact with fantastical fiction (by way of Jules Verne and Lewis Carroll) Hourglass is a brand new musical extravaganza, filled with mystery and humour, that celebrates the power of courage and hope. The musical will incorporate a company of both professional and community performers.
Compass is an uplifting coming-of-age story filled with trepidation, friendship and hope following the journey of Liya, a young adult with a passion for aviation. This will be Mayflower Theatre’s Summer Youth Production in 2020.
Drift is a new dance production incorporating awe inspiring aerial artists and dynamic contemporary movement in a timeless world, inspired by The Mayflower passenger’s legend with a company of professional and community dancers.
Mayflower 400 - Self Guided App
The Mayflower Self-Guided Tours app is an innovative and informative free app that provides users with easy to follow self-guided tours of the UK towns, cities and villages connected to the Mayflower.
The app makes use of GPS to notify users of nearby places of interest, allowing visitors to follow in the footsteps of the Mayflower Passengers and explore all the stops on the Mayflower trail at their own pace, learning about the history of their journey through England and Holland and their final voyage on the Mayflower.
Grab your phone, download the app and explore Southampton’s Mayflower story for yourself.
21,25 Oct / 1,19,28 Nov / 20, 23 Dec 2019: Mayflower Heritage Guides: Walking Tours starting at The Bargate >
5,12,19,26 June and 3 July (performances on 4 July): Come and Sing with Conchord Singers workshops and performances >
20 June- 31 Dec 2020: Southampton's Mayflower Story at Tudor House & Garden >
11 July - 23 Aug 2020: Wampum: stories from the shells of native America at SeaCity Museum >
5 March - 6 March 2020: A Musical Odyssey at The Mayflower Theatre >
23 Oct 2020 - 30 Jan 2021: Shadow and Light exhibition at Southampton City Art Gallery >