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Voyage of discovery

Plymouth has been the starting point for many voyages of discovery. But few of these are better known or have provided such a lasting international legacy as the sailing of the Mayflower, 400 years ago.

Remember, examine, debate

For the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, the many legacies of this well-documented and well-known voyage, some of which are difficult and challenging, will be remembered, examined and debated.

Mayflower 400: Atlantic crossings

The University of Plymouth’s Mayflower 400 commemorations are animated by the conviction that the Mayflower voyage and its legacies play an important part in the evolution of political and cultural narratives of the United States. We are committed to placing this voyage within an Atlantic context, one which offers opportunities to understand, interrogate and develop the political, religious, scientific and economic forces which shaped the Atlantic world in this historical moment and beyond. We are committed to uncovering and enabling voices and identities which forged, or were forged by, Atlantic crossings of many kinds.

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<p>Some Call It Home&nbsp;</p>
(Performance) “This combination of spectacular music, extraordinary video, and compelling performances is unique.” Some Call It Home
<p>Film: Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock (2018)<br></p>
(Film) The Water Protectors at Standing Rock captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock
<p>Image of the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth.</p>
(Conference) More than 50 towns and cities worldwide have adopted the name ‘Plymouth’ since 1620.
<p>By Johann Theodore de Bry after Georg Keller Engraving from book page, 1619 Plate 9 from America, Part 10<br></p>
(Talk) A place of ‘Wild and Savage Hue’:

Echoing the Mayflower to venture into a new age of ocean odyssey

In 1969, IBM’s pioneering technology helped put man on the moon. Today, the tech giant is working with us to innovate an autonomous ship that will conduct ground-breaking research as it emulates the Mayflower’s oceanic path in September 2020.


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