Mayflower 400 in Harleston

Mayflower

2020 marks the 400 year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to America. Celebrations are taking place throughout major towns and cities across England to commemorate the occasion.  Harleston had a role in this significant chapter in world history.

There were a mere 102 passengers on board the Mayflower ship, and four of them came from Harleston. There were only 41 signatories to the the legal document, created to establish their rules of governance. This was called the ‘Compact’ and became the foundation for the American Constitution. Two of the signatories were from Harleston, Samuel and Edward Fuller. You may see references to them in street names.

Harleston have joined the international celebrations and will promote Harleston as a wonderful place to visit and live. There will be a programme of events and activities . The international celebrations begin in September 2020, and run until Thanksgiving 2021.

We will provide regular updates on these activities and articles about Mayflower, the Pilgrims and their journey.

Look out for the logo to find official 'Mayflower 400 in Harleston' events and activities.  These have been approved by Harleston's Future and are part of our Harleston programme.

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American singer, songwriter and artist, Jeffery Lewis, presents the Mayflower history with this wonderful song and comic book illustrations.

From the Pilgrims' reasons for leaving Europe to the treacherous journey across the Atlantic, this short video provides a quick and entertaining summary of the Mayflower.

Recent Mayflower News Stories

Next Mayflower Events

20

Mayflower Lecture Online: Transatlantic Print

‘These Poor Fruits of My Pen’ will be presented by Dr Sarah Hall, a historian of the early modern transatlantic world, with a particular focus on puritanism in England and New England. Sarah’s research interests lie in community, corresp...

‘These Poor Fruits of My Pen’ will be presented by Dr Sarah Hall, a historian of the early modern transatlantic world, with a particular focus on puritanism in England and New England. Sarah’s research interests lie in community, correspondence and social networks in the seventeenth century. She is particularly fascinated by the histories of ‘ordinary’ people and their lived experiences. Sarah is further interested in pursuing digital humanities methods, and exploring what new light can be shed on historical questions by combining qualitative and quantitative research methods. She is currently based at the University of York, working on the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship project.


This is a FREE event but donations would be appreciated.  You must register:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/150227814437


This presentation is part of our Mayflower 400 in Harleston Lecture series where are running monthly lectures on the third Thursday of each month.  Look out for future presentations.

20 May 2021

May

2021

18:00

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10

Mayflower Play and Walk: Living History Re-enactments

Ever wondered what it would have been like to live in Harleston 400 years ago? Who were the Fullers and why is there a road named after them? What would it have been like to visit The Swan Hotel when it was a coaching in on the road to L...

Ever wondered what it would have been like to live in Harleston 400 years ago? Who were the Fullers and why is there a road named after them? What would it have been like to visit The Swan Hotel when it was a coaching in on the road to London? 

Stroll through Harleston and discover what life was like here in 17th Century. 

Actors from Harleston Players will bring to life local residents from the era in outdoor locations around the town centre. The detail of their life stories have been unearthed by the 1600s Historical Research Group from wills and inventories at the Norfolk Record Office as well as books and research documents. 

No need to book -  just come across the characters and listen to their stories and conversations. Stay as long or as short a time as you like. Look out for fliers with details.

Appropriate steps will be taken to ensure social distancing to keep everyone safe as we enjoy these outdoor performances and local colour. 

The community play about the sailing of the Mayflower and life in the new colony in Virginia due to take place this July will now be staged in July 2021. Casting took place just before lockdown, but if anyone would like to get involved please contact us.

10 July 2021

Jul

2021

10:00

SCHEDULED

15

Mayflower Play: A New World Odyssey

The first Thanksgiving, New England, 1621. Fifty men, women and children from the Mayflower voyage gather for a grand feast. But what are they celebrating? Survival after a gruelling ocean crossing and a merciless winter? The freedom to ...

The first Thanksgiving, New England, 1621. Fifty men, women and children from the Mayflower voyage gather for a grand feast. But what are they celebrating? Survival after a gruelling ocean crossing and a merciless winter? The freedom to worship as they please after years of meeting in secret? Liberty to govern themselves, far from King and State? And what about the local people who join them at this iconic meal, the original Americans who had watched the Mayflower sail into Cape Cod Bay the previous year? 

Join us as we follow the motley assortment of passengers boarding the Mayflower four hundred years ago, among them two brothers - Edward and Samuel Fuller - from a certain market town in Norfolk, called Harleston. 

A community heritage project led by Harleston Players with financial support from Norfolk County Council, Harleston’s Future, and others.

Thursday 16 July – Saturday 18 July, 7.30pm, and Sunday 19 July at 3:00pm

Tickets: £9 adults, £8 over-65s and claimants, £4, 10 to 18 yrs (under 10s free) available in advance from Robinson’s Traditional Stationers, 5 The Thoroughfare, Harleston. Limited number on the door.

Subsidised transport from outlying villages and Harleston available for Sunday afternoon performance. Call 01379 855235 for details.


15 July 2021

Jul

2021

18:30

SCHEDULED

16

Mayflower Play: A New World Odyssey

The first Thanksgiving, New England, 1621. Fifty men, women and children from the Mayflower voyage gather for a grand feast. But what are they celebrating? Survival after a gruelling ocean crossing and a merciless winter? The freedom to ...

The first Thanksgiving, New England, 1621. Fifty men, women and children from the Mayflower voyage gather for a grand feast. But what are they celebrating? Survival after a gruelling ocean crossing and a merciless winter? The freedom to worship as they please after years of meeting in secret? Liberty to govern themselves, far from King and State? And what about the local people who join them at this iconic meal, the original Americans who had watched the Mayflower sail into Cape Cod Bay the previous year? 

Join us as we follow the motley assortment of passengers boarding the Mayflower four hundred years ago, among them two brothers - Edward and Samuel Fuller - from a certain market town in Norfolk, called Harleston. 

A community heritage project led by Harleston Players with financial support from Norfolk County Council, Harleston’s Future, and others.

Thursday 16 July – Saturday 18 July, 7.30pm, and Sunday 19 July at 3:00pm

Tickets: £9 adults, £8 over-65s and claimants, £4, 10 to 18 yrs (under 10s free) available in advance from Robinson’s Traditional Stationers, 5 The Thoroughfare, Harleston. Limited number on the door.

Subsidised transport from outlying villages and Harleston available for Sunday afternoon performance. Call 01379 855235 for details.


16 July 2021

Jul

2021

18:30

SCHEDULED

17

Mayflower Play: A New World Odyssey

The first Thanksgiving, New England, 1621. Fifty men, women and children from the Mayflower voyage gather for a grand feast. But what are they celebrating? Survival after a gruelling ocean crossing and a merciless winter? The freedom to ...

The first Thanksgiving, New England, 1621. Fifty men, women and children from the Mayflower voyage gather for a grand feast. But what are they celebrating? Survival after a gruelling ocean crossing and a merciless winter? The freedom to worship as they please after years of meeting in secret? Liberty to govern themselves, far from King and State? And what about the local people who join them at this iconic meal, the original Americans who had watched the Mayflower sail into Cape Cod Bay the previous year? 

Join us as we follow the motley assortment of passengers boarding the Mayflower four hundred years ago, among them two brothers - Edward and Samuel Fuller - from a certain market town in Norfolk, called Harleston. 

A community heritage project led by Harleston Players with financial support from Norfolk County Council, Harleston’s Future, and others.

Thursday 16 July – Saturday 18 July, 7.30pm, and Sunday 19 July at 3:00pm

Tickets: £9 adults, £8 over-65s and claimants, £4, 10 to 18 yrs (under 10s free) available in advance from Robinson’s Traditional Stationers, 5 The Thoroughfare, Harleston. Limited number on the door.

Subsidised transport from outlying villages and Harleston available for Sunday afternoon performance. Call 01379 855235 for details.


17 July 2021

Jul

2021

18:30

SCHEDULED

Mayflower History Articles

Mayflower 400 Historical Research

Historical research was carried out as part of the work to create the Mayflower play.  The project ran from January to April 2020 supported a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The Project breif was to carry out research into Harleston during the period between the accession of James I in 1603 through to the eve of the English Civil War in 1640. The researchers were tasked with finding as much information as possible about six pairs of individuals who lived or worked in the Parish of Redenhall cum Harleston during that period.

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​​The research material, along with more general background facts about the social, political and political circumstances in which these individuals would have operated, were collected into Information Packs on each pair of historical figures and given to local residents of Harleston and district organising and performing in ‘living history’ re-enactments in six yards and alleyways around the town scheduled for July 2021. 

 

On a monthly basis from May 2020 a selection of the Project’s research will be published on our website which relates to Harleston, Redenhall and the surrounding parishes during the first few decades of the 17th Century. Included are transcripts of original documents, Wills and Inventories along with a wealth background information about everyday life, community infrastructure and hierarchies, religious beliefs, and local politics in this period.

To find out more about Mayflower 400 in Harleston' please send an email to info@harlestonsfuture.org.uk