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Make a May Flower

West Lindsey District Council launch community art project to inspire residents to learn about the Mayflower Pilgrims 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth UK to Plymouth Massachusetts. Gainsborough has a special connection to the Mayflower anniversary as separatist movements originated in this region that led them on their […]

Pilgrim Roots Illuminate Events

Marking the beginning of the Mayflower 400 anniversary year Illuminate 2019 was kicked off in our region with the very first Illuminate lantern parade of the year taking place in Gainsborough on the 16th of November. Here, the parade combined with market stalls on the streets and the Christmas lights switch on at Marshal’s Yard […]

Special Visitors to the Pilgrims Gallery

In recent weeks the Pilgrims Gallery has welcomed some very special visitors! We hosted our first school group – a group of school councillors – and a group of Cub Scouts working towards their Local History badge. The children loved hearing a sample of William Brewster’s stories in the study, with images from his life […]

The Pilgrims Gallery is Open

Our wonderful new Pilgrims Gallery at Bassetlaw Museum opened at the end of September and has welcomed hundreds of visitors from near and far already. Dignitaries and other project champions visited for the opening, and since then the reputation of the Gallery has been growing. Dr Jeremy Bangs, an expert on the subject and Director […]

Artist Rachel Carter’s Spirit of Mayflower Project begins

Nottinghamshire artist Rachel Carter begins her ‘Language of Sculpture: A Spirit of Mayflower 400 Project’ this week – and has posted her plans: “This new project will aim to digitally capture and bring knotting it into the modern age whilst still retaining the touch of the hand. I’ll explore storytelling, visual art and history through […]

Pilgrim Heartlands Trail highlights stories about local Mayflower Pilgrims

A new Pilgrim Heartlands Trail has been produced jointly by Bassetlaw District Council and Doncaster Council. The leaflet, available from local Tourist Information Centres, libraries and churches along the trail, and downloadable from Bassetlaw and Doncaster Council’s websites, covers the local villages in North Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire that are steeped in the history of […]

Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum forms partnership with Bassetlaw District Council

Bassetlaw District Council has formed a partnership with the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) based in Massachusetts, USA, where the Mayflower first moored when it arrived in America in 1620. The partnership’s goal is to strengthen ties, both cultural and educational, between the two regions in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s […]

Over 400 Years in the Making: Heritage Lottery Fund helps tell the Pilgrim Roots Story

More than 400 years after the Pilgrim Leaders, William Bradford and William Brewster, escaped religious persecution in Bassetlaw and began their arduous journey to the New World, the origins of their story will be retold, thanks to a National Lottery grant, awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). HLF East Midlands have approved the Pilgrim […]

Pilgrim Trails: ‘Our bid has been submitted!’

Welcome to our second newsletter for the Pilgrim Roots Heritage Project – to download a copy of the newsletter click here Our Bid has been submitted! On Friday 25th May the project team at Bassetlaw District Council hit the send button and electronically transferred the equivalent of four years hard work to the East Midlands […]

The Imagination Museum: new dance project for Mayflower 400 in Notts & Lincs

Multi award-winning choreographer Katie Green, originally from Lincolnshire, will bring her newest project The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 to Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Hampshire and Plymouth in the lead up to the 2020 anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. The project will see 5,500 people get involved in innovative dance and heritage events within their local […]
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