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Mayflower 400

On August 15th 1620 the Mayflower and the Speedwell sailed away from Southampton bound for the New World, with 102 Pilgrims on board. That journey was a key event in the founding of America, and what has happened since has changed the world.

Mayflower 400 will be a city-wide cultural programme of high-visibility public events and art experiences to inspire people in our communities, across the country and further afield around the seminal Mayflower voyage and themes of migration, tolerance and freedom that are so relevant today.

As part of national Mayflower 400 commemorations, 2020 will see the most ambitious programme of cultural and heritage events in Southampton to date.

The Mayflower 400 programme gives us a unique opportunity to highlight Southampton’s cultural, maritime and heritage assets to members of our community as well as visitors from across the UK, the Netherlands and the USA.


  • Reconnecting Southampton with the water, and its maritime history.
  • Public health and public engagement – using commemoration for social change.
  • Engaging young people by creating life changing moments.
  • Raising the national and international reputation of the city as a cultural, heritage and tourism destination.

Aligning with our strategic priorities around public engagement, participation, and cultural democracy, we will place particular strategic focus around engagement with communities of thin cultural infrastructure and low-engagement. Through our community-commissioning model, artists and local communities will co-create art works inspired by Mayflower 400 that will set the city alight throughout 2020.

To find out further information about Mayflower 400, visit:

To express an interest in hosting your own Mayflower 400 community event, click here:

To start a conversation about sponsoring Mayflower 400 contact our Project Manager:

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