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The PILGRIM ROOTS Project

The Pilgrim Roots Heritage Project is led by Bassetlaw District Council working in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council, West Lindsey District Council, and with significant contributions from Bassetlaw Christian Heritage and the University of Lincoln.

The project received confirmation that Bassetlaw District Council was successful in its bid to Heritage Lottery in September 2018 and will run until September 2020.

It was the culmination of four years of research, analysis, preparation and consultation that led to Pilgrim Roots ambition to deliver a transformational project that is truly a once in a century opportunity to commemorate a historic, shared heritage.
The project connects Retford and Gainsborough with associated villages in a regional Pilgrims Trail featuring Pilgrims’ heritage sites. Bassetlaw Museum in Retford is the central focus for the physical trail, with a new Pilgrims Gallery. Digital resources bring the trail to life, support learning opportunities and provide far-reaching engagement for communities and volunteers, attracting local, national and international visitors.”

The Project will transform knowledge and awareness of the local origins of the Pilgrims’ and Separatists’ story in our area. It places North Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire as a major destination from which inspirational people took the heroic step to flee persecution, travel halfway across the known world to establish a colony in harsh conditions, and went on to establish principles for the foundation of freedom and modern democracy. This Heritage Lottery project is the cornerstone for a wide suite of activities being undertaken to showcase the area and complements the national Mayflower 400 partnership activities to ensure that there is a resilient legacy of our heritage to bequeath to our children. Our themes of Freedom, Tolerance and Migration have as much resonance in the world today, 400 years after the Pilgrims’ journey.
The Pilgrim Roots Heritage Project has five critical elements that we have developed through consultation during Development Phase. Together they will deliver positive outcomes for heritage, people and communities:

1. PILGRIMS GALLERY at Bassetlaw Museum in Retford

1. PILGRIMS GALLERY at Bassetlaw Museum in Retford

2. Establishment of a PILGRIMS TRAIL across the three counties

2. Establishment of a PILGRIMS TRAIL across the three counties

3. Provision of web-based content, information & learning resources

3. Provision of web-based content, information & learning resources

4. A comprehensive activity programme

4. A comprehensive activity programme

5. The Heritage Engagement Officer and Project Support Officer Roles

5. The Heritage Engagement Officer and Project Support Officer Roles