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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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.
15 August - 18 Oct: 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)
10 October: SAS Study Day - Southampton and Hampshire in the Time of the Mayflower
23 October 2020 – 30 January 2021: Southampton City Art Gallery - Shadows and Light
November: Southampton Film Week
21 – 22 November: Turner Sims - New music commission
26 - 28 November: Audacious CIC, Guildhall Square - KRYT, Weston Shore - Towers of Light
Solent Showcase Gallery - Community Workshop programme.
City Eye - Oral Histories programme.
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