The Pilgrim Roots region covers Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Four centuries ago, a small group, who can trace their roots to the Bassetlaw area decided to leave England in search of religious freedom. They sailed first to Holland, and later some of them sailed to America on board the Mayflower.

Pilgrim Roots is a regional partnership that is part of the national Mayflower 400 partnership, working collectively to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's voyage and the stories associated with it - including the roots of the Separatists who became Pilgrims, through themes of tolerance, freedom, journeys and migration.

Pilgrims' heritage is shared across four nations - the UK, the Netherlands, the Wampanoag and the USA.

Covid-19 UPDATE

Due to new national lockdown restrictions, the Government has advised that all indoor entertainment and tourism venues must close.

This unfortunately means that Bassetlaw Museum and the Pilgrims Gallery will be closed to the public. These restrictions will remain in place, at least, until 2nd December 2020.

We understand that this is a great disappointment to our regular and new visitors and we hope to be open as soon as the Government restrictions are lifted.

If you would like to stay in touch with what’s happening at the museum and gallery, please visit www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk or follow us on Facebook @pilgrimroots and twitter @PilgrimRoots

You can also view the latest Government Guidance at www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high-nottinghamshire or find the latest updates for Bassetlaw at www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/updates-about-coronavirus/

Please continue to follow the latest Government Guidance and stay safe. 


Where it All Began

THREE SISTERS Planting Competition

A challenge to grow the legendary three sisters - sweetcorn, beans and squash - in the 400th anniversary of the harvest meal which became known as the First Thanksgiving. Plus, a chance to win fabulous prizes!


Pilgrims GALLERY

An exciting and innovative new gallery has opened at Bassetlaw Museum in Retford, celebrating the life of William Brewster, one of the District’s most famous sons.

The Pilgrims Gallery is part of a £750,000 National Lottery-funded project which commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage to America in 1620.


Pilgrims TRAIL

The Pilgrims Trail links heritage sites with special connections to the Mayflower Pilgrims' story in North Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. A 40-mile circular route highlights the key places where some of the leading Pilgrims lived, worked and prayed before they began their new lives in Holland and America.


Pilgrim Roots EVENTS

Pilgrim Roots STORIES


Both Brewster and Bradford are among the most well-known Mayflower Pilgrims - Today, there are millions of people around the world who can trace their ancestry back to these two local men.


Only nineteen women sailed on the Mayflower to America. The White sisters were from Sturton-le-Steeple and The Wray sisters were from a wealthy Lincolnshire family.

How many PEOPLE were on the MAYFLOWER?

According to Edward Winslow in his book, Mourt’s Relations, and William Bradford in his manuscript, Of Plimouth Plantation, there were 102 passengers on the Mayflower voyage in 1620.


A series of quite interesting facts about the the Pilgrims

Sights and Sites along the PILGRIMS TRAIL

If you are interested in the unusual or quirky aspects of history, if your children love a good old story about blood and guts, some of these places on, or just off of the Pilgrims Trail might be of interest to you!


Mayflower cookies recipe

  Mayflower A ship that is famous for carrying the pilgrims to America in 1620. But a ship that arr...

Pilgrim hats recipe

Pilgrim Hats Google ‘pilgrim’ and this is the second image that comes up. Buckles on shoes, belt...

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In autumn 2020, the Pilgrim Roots project ran free art workshops at a couple of sites on the Pilgrims Trail to encourage submissions for their second open art exhibition: Where It Began. The exhibition was not available for the public to view for very long, because of the Museum closing due to Coronavirus restrictions. We have created a short video tour so that people can see the wonderful artworks submitted to the exhibition: