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 - 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: Hands of Love – Family Leaves Competition
23 October 2020 – 30 January 2021: Southampton City Art Gallery - Shadows and Light
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
10-12 December: Audacious CIC at Weston - Towers of Light
February: Turner Sims – Voyages to a New World
23 March (TBC) The Grid dance experience with Zoie Logic at Weston Shore. There will also be further dates in Spring 2021 at the Holyrood estate.
24 April: SAS Study Day - Southampton and Hampshire in the Time of the Mayflower
Solent Showcase Gallery - Community Workshop programme.
City Eye - Oral Histories programme
Letters to the Mayflower
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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
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 email@example.com.
Launched on November 26th, Thanksgiving day 2020, Giving Thanks is a new campaign to create digital memories that bring the people of Southampton together in a shared celebration of our city and our communities.
It is delivered as part of the on-going city-wide Mayflower 400 programme and aims to not just mark the anniversary, but to bring people together as best we can in these days of social isolation, through generating an understanding of difference and encouraging an attitude of gratitude.
The public are asked to share, through social media and using #MyGivingThanks, photos, images, videos, stories, poems of the things for which they are grateful; maybe that’s their pets, their parents, or their local park. There are online activity packs available to help communities, families and businesses get involved. The scheme will be open until Valentine’s Day 2021 and is supported by the Barker-Mill Foundation.