Plymouth 1620: The PLACE, the PEOPLE, the EVIDENCE

Memorial on the Barbican in Plymouth recording the departure of the Mayflower. Image: Padmaja menon, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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Join Plymouth Archaeology Society (PAS) for this free symposium to commemorate the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth in September 1620.

Using the themes of the PEOPLE, the PLACE, the RISKS and DANGERS, SHIPS and SEAFARING, the event will explore what Plymouth and its people were like at the time of the Mayflower visit. What EVIDENCE is there?

Morning session | The PEOPLE and the PLACE

  • Dissent and resistance in Plymouth: 1546-1646 (Professor Mark Stoyle)
  • Somewhere in time: the Virtual Mayflower Project and Barbican (Professor Bob Stone)
  • On the waterfront: Plymouth and its maritime entrepreneurs, 1580-1620 - an archaeological perspective (Professor Keith Ray)
  • The stories of five house we can see...over 400 years... (Chris Robinson)

Afternoon session | The RISKS and DANGERS, SHIPS and SEAFARING

  • Plymouth in 1620 in the community: places, people and evidence? (Dr Harriet Dismore)
  • Staying alive in 1620... (Laura Quigley)
  • Plymouth and its fishermen before 1620 (Dr Todd Gray)
  • Pottery, trade and the household in Plymouth in the early 17th century (John Allan)
  • Gates, guns and galleons: an adventure, with pirates! (Martin Read)
  • Besoms, battledores, bedsteads and bum rolls: the role of women in the 17th century (Dr Janet Few aka Mistress Agnes)


Please register your place via the above link. Timings for the presentations will be advised when joining details are emailed.

Note: There is reduced venue capacity to encourage people to attend with the symposium dependent upon current COVID restrictions. The symposium organisers are not responsible for cancellation due to COVID-19 or any other circumstances beyond their control.

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This symposium is funded from the National Lottery Heritage Fund with the support of Mayflower 400.


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