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Mayflower 400, Southampton launches

The Barker-Mill Foundation (BMF) has donated £99,000 towards what will be an event of global significance, as Southampton prepares to commemorate the 400th anniversary sailing of the Mayflower in 2020.

The funds are to be put towards running a far-reaching programme of events and activities, which will raise the profile of Southampton as a cultural hub, while simultaneously commemorating its legacy in the 1620 historic event. The occasion is expected to attract visitors from all over the world.

Planning for the year long programme of community, creative, educational and capital investment activity kicked off last year, and aims to celebrate the themes of freedom, futures, humanity ,and identity highlighting the Mayflower’s impact on Southampton and world history.

2020 is set to be a milestone year for the city of Southampton. The story of the sailing of the Mayflower is one of adversity and danger, adventure and refuge, written across borders and continents. The commemoration of the Mayflower’s journey, and the Speedwell, offers the opportunity to learn from our shared past and to inform our joint futures. This is a story about the future and present, as well as the past, and we are very grateful to the Barker-Mill Foundation for its wonderful donation which will help to develop an exciting programme of activity for the people of Southampton and beyond.

The Mayflower 400 programme has been created to align 11 core destinations in England with wider local, national and international partners in Holland and the USA and the over 20 million US citizens who descended from the Mayflower. It will deliver a world-class series of events, public art and wider content that will commemorate this exceptional voyage and provide a major ongoing impact across the partnership, knitting together communities, inspiring creativity and culture, driving economic growth, and promoting understanding and education.

To find out further information about Mayflower 400, visit: www.mayflower400uk.com