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 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

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Mayflower Lecture: The City of London - Guilds and Merchants

London Mayflower Guide, Chris Green will provide an insight into London of the 17th century, how the City of London played it’s very important role in raising the money for the journey and how the guilds and merchants involved in the sto...

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Mayflower Lecture: Medicine in 17th Century England

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. This one is not for the feint hearted or squeamish.
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Mayflower: Easter Egg Hunt

April can be a wonderful month if the weather is kind! It is good to feel that Winter is behind us.  As usual we have an Easter Egg Hunt around town.  This one will have a Mayflower theme as you help our Pilgrims search for the some lost...

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Mayflower Lecture: Day Trip to London - Mayflower Sites

Join us for a day trip to London to see the Mayflower sites.  London Blue Badge and Mayflower Guide, Chris Green will guide us around the City of London and Southbank to see some of the buildings and places which played a significant par...

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Mayflower Lecture: Brexiting Pilgrims

There was a dramatic effect of the migration of the Pilgrims on other communities across Europe. Using contemporary 17th century publications Dr Polly Ha (EUA) will show how opinions were divided on the Pilgrims’ exit from England and Eu...

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