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The Pilgrims and providence The Pilgrims had a strong belief in ‘providence’, which means the intervention of God’s will. They often saw providence in things that happened to them on their journeys, and it’s something William Bradford mentioned in his diary of their journeys and lives, Of Plimoth Plantation. By holding this belief, it seemed […]

Remote Volunteering

Latest advice suggests our sites and museums will be shut for another month or more, but there are plenty of ways that you can stay involved, have fun and support the project too. A relatively new trend of ‘micro-volunteering’ highlights the impact that seemingly small, and often very quick, tasks can have on a project’s […]


Becoming Separatists and risking all “But after these things they could not long continue in any peaceable condition, but were hunted & persecuted on every side, so as their former afflictions were but as flea-bitings in comparison of these which now came upon them. For some were taken & clapped up in prison, others had […]

New ‘Radical Routes’ online edition reflects on Pilgrim anniversary

A new online publication is released today as part of West Lindsey District Council’s PilgrimAGE season to commemorate 2020’s Mayflower anniversary. The ‘Radical Routes’ reader has been produced in collaboration with other leading arts programmes in the region. Originally planned as a newspaper-style publication, due to challenges arising from the current coronavirus crisis, ‘Radical Routes’ has now […]
William Bradford quote

An act of kindness goes a long way

The generosity and kindness that has been displayed across the country recently reminds us of one of the leading separatists, William Bradford and his inspirational words that united people around the world 400 years ago.  “as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindle hath shone unto many” He is referring […]


The Two Congregations Who were the ‘Separatists’? How do they relate to the ‘Pilgrims’? Four centuries ago, the Church of England was the established Christian church of the state, set up by King Henry VIII following his battles with the previously established Church in Rome. Religion played a hugely important role in everyday life for […]

Welcome to PilgrimAGE

An online programme commemorating the Mayflower Pilgrims throughout Summer 2020, 400 years on from their historic transatlantic voyage Over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you short stories about that group of people who many know as the Pilgrims, as part of our summer PilgrimAGE programme to commemorate the Mayflower story in its 400th […]

Covid-19 and 2020 Plans Update

Just about a decade in the making, the Mayflower 400 commemorations have been run aground by the storm of Covid-19. Suddenly, trying to finalise any of our plans for the anniversary year feels like – as Bradford would put it – ‘an adventure almost desperate’. The Museums are empty, the churches are closed, the trail […]

Mayflower 400 programme moves online adapting to lockdown challenges

Gainsborough’s historic Pilgrim date commemorated West Lindsey District Council is working with local partners to develop an online programme of activities that will tell the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims and their connections to Lincolnshire and the Pilgrim Roots region. Starting on Gainsborough’s historic Pilgrim date this Sunday 10th May, a new digital campaign – PilgrimAGE – […]