The Mayflower and Mayflower 400

Rotherhithe Thames

The Mayflower sailed from England to America in 1620 carrying a range of passengers, some of whom were English puritans fleeing religious persecution. As well as being a touchstone of American history, this story resonates with contemporary themes of migration, tolerance and religious freedom.

Rotherhithe was central to the optimistic start of the Mayflower’s journey, home of the captain and many member of the ship’s crew, and the site of their poignant return.

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Mayflower 400

The year 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the historic voyage of the Mayflower ship from the UK to America. The national Mayflower 400 programme will be a platform for an international commemoration of the relationship between our nations.

Southwark is a key partner in Mayflower 400 with a programme of events to commemorate the legacy of the passengers and crew who undertook the epic journey. Two round of funding have been awarded to local groups, schools and individuals. Round three will open in December 2019.

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Page last updated: 19 July 2019