Mayflower 400 in Harleston


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 November this year at Thanksgiving, and run until Thanksgiving 2020.

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.

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


Mayflower Lecture: Pox, Purges and the Mayflower Pilgrims

Historian Dr Joy Hawkins (UEA) will consider the state of medical knowledge in the 17th century that Samuel Fuller would have been able to draw upon as the Plantation’s medic.  We will consider how patients and practitioners understood i...



Mayflower Lecture: The Art of the Pilgrim Fathers

Local art historian, Tania Harrington, will explore the many paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries documenting the departure of the Mayflower pilgrims and the impacts of their arrival in the New World. We will look at the historical...



Mayflower: Day Trip to London

It was in London that the majority of the passengers boarded the Mayflower, it was home to the master and his crew, and where the money was raise for the journey. The significance of London is often overlooked as the shrines have grown u...



Guided Walk: Mayflower 400 in Harleston

A family from Harleston were on board the Mayflower ship which sailed to America 400 years ago. They became involved in the very foundation of America as we know it today.There are many buildings surviving today which would have been fam...



Mayflower Lecture: Women of the Mayflower

The women involved in the Mayflower story have almost disappeared into the shadows of men.  Until very recently we knew almost nothing about the lives of these gutsy women before that fateful voyage; where they were born, o reven their m...


Mayflower History Articles

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