New dates announced for Mayflower 400 cultural programme

    It will run through to 2021 with a major public event set for Plymouth Hoe

    Mayflower 400 events have officially been rescheduled after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    2020 was set to be a big year for Plymouth but unfortunately celebrations were unable to go ahead.

    Now the main national programme, supported by Arts Council England, will kick-start in Southampton from 15 August with Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America, a national touring exhibition curated by The Box, Plymouth.

    It will be followed with an online documentary presented by TV historian Dan Snow on 16 September, marking exactly 400 years to the day since the Mayflower ship set sail.


    The programme will then run through to 2021, culminating with a Four Nations Commemoration Ceremony involving the USA, Netherlands, UK and Wampanoag nations on 11 July.

    The Mayflower 400 programme includes: 

    Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America

    New touring dates: the exhibition, curated by The Box, will tour to: SeaCity Museum, Southampton (15 August to 18 October 2020), Guildhall Art Gallery, London (8 January to 14 February 2021) and The Box, Plymouth (15 May to Sat 19 July 2021). 

    Mayflower 400 year anniversary - 16 September 2020

    The anniversary day will see a 60 minute online programme presented by history expert Dan Snow available on the History Hits channel and also via the Mayflower 400 website ( 

    Mayflower 400: Legend & Legacy - The Box, Plymouth - 29 Sept 2020 to 18 Sept 2021

    Legend and Legacy will be the largest commemorative Mayflower exhibition in history and will include over 300 objects. The exhibition has been co-curated by The Box, Plymouth with the Wampanoag Native American Advisory Committee.

    This Land - Theatre Royal Plymouth - April 2021 

    Theatre Royal Plymouth will stage its first-ever international community production, titled This Land. Created and performed by 120 citizens of Plymouth, UK and 30 members of the Native American Wampanoag Tribe from Massachusetts, USA, This Land is the story of what happened then and what it means to us now. Witness the making of history with this unique and vital piece of theatre, which brings together communities from both sides of the Atlantic.

    Directed by Alan Lane and produced by Theatre Royal Plymouth, it also features text by Nick Stimson and songs written and performed by Seth Lakeman

    'Roots Up!' by Street Factory - Barbican and the Hoe - 22 May 2021 

    A bold and contemporary mass street dance on Plymouth Hoe aiming to get people from all walks of life participating in this representation of the Mayflower 400 values, led by the award-winning Street Factory hip-hop group in Plymouth

    Mayflower International Festival including Mayflower Four Nations Ceremony - 8 to 11 July 2021. 

    The key events that would have formed Mayflower Week, originally due to take place in September 2020, have moved to next July 2021 and comprise:  

    • Rehabilitation Triathlon hosted by the Royal Marines: 8 July 2021 
    • Mayflower Military Muster: 10 July 2021 
    • Mayflower Four Nations Ceremony: 11 July 2021

    The main ceremony on the 11 July will involve an exciting major public event on Plymouth Hoe.

    This will include a 1,000 voice choir, the full orchestra of the Band of HM Royal Marines Plymouth, a depiction of the Mayflower story and representation from the four nations - UK, USA, Netherlands and for the first time, the Wampanoag nation.

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