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Make a May Flower

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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 journey to America.

A group of Separatists were thought to have worshipped in secret at Gainsborough Old Hall – now regarded as one of the best-preserved medieval manor houses in Britain. The United Reformed Church in Gainsborough also stands as a memorial to John Robinson, pastor of the Mayflower Pilgrims. He was also one of the leaders in the planning of the voyage to America.

To commemorate this significant anniversary, West Lindsey District Council are inviting the public to take part in a community art project which involves making ‘May Flowers’, more commonly known as Hawthorn, using a range of different materials.

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Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America

Wampum Belt

Ambitious new touring exhibition as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations unites contemporary indigenous artists in the USA with historic museum collections in the UK  

  • Mayflower 400 is the international commemoration programme of events and exhibitions in 2020 to mark the voyage, and impact, of the Mayflower and its passengers
  • Exhibition will tour to The Collection, Lincoln (4 April-17 May), the Guildhall Art Gallery, London (23 May-5 July), SeaCity Museum, Southampton (11 July-31 August) and The Box, Plymouth (5 September-24 October)
  • The first artistic commission from the UK to acknowledge the UK’s cultural connection to the Wampanoag Native American nation – a newly crafted wampum belt – will be central to exhibition
  • Touring exhibition may help to uncover a lost Native American treasure

Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America puts the Native American Wampanoag nation’s story front and centre. The Wampanoag nation have inhabited present day Massachusetts and Eastern Rhode Island, where the Mayflower passengers famously arrived in 1620, for more than 12,000 years. Yet for almost 400 years, the impact of the Mayflower’s arrival on the Wampanoag Nation has been widely marginalised in the telling of Mayflower history.

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Separatists in the Pilgrim Roots region

Glentworth Church

Sir Christopher Wray of Glentworth was a cautious and conservative Lord Chief Justice under Elizabeth I, but his three children used their wealth and prestige to support radical Christianity in its struggle against authoritarian church leaders. These siblings played a key role in the development of the Mayflower Pilgrims, hosted the founders of the Baptist denomination, and trained a generation of radical preachers.

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Mayflower 400 Daffodils Planted in Gainsborough to Commemorate Anniversary

Planting Mayflower Daffodil bulbs

Planting has begun this month with a unique daffodil bulb, developed to commemorate the anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower next year.

The Springfields Horticultural Society based in Spalding, Lincolnshire, has produced the bulbs, who are dedicated to the promotion, study and practice of horticulture, in particular the cultivation and development of flowers grown from bulbs and corms.

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Mayflower 400 Programme Sets Sail

Mayflower 400., Illuminate, Plymouth

A year-long four nation commemoration programme, involving the UK, USA, Netherlands and Wampanoag nations, will commemorate and explore the 400 year anniversary of the journey and impact of one of history’s most famous ships, The Mayflower

  • A world class public art and cultural programme funded by, amongst others, £1.7million from Arts Council England and £500k from the Treasury/DCMS
  • Projects developed in collaboration with Wampanoag and wider Native American tribes include a Theatre Royal Plymouth production This Land; a major commission, Wampum Belt and contemporary art installation, Settlement
  • Commemorations will take place in 13 compact partner destinations across the UK (Austerfield, Scrooby & Babworth, Gainsborough, Boston, Immingham, Worcestershire; Chorley, Harwich, Southwark, City of London, Southampton, Dartmouth and Plymouth) and internationally in the USA and the Netherlands

To coincide with Thanksgiving, the Mayflower compact partnership today, Thursday 28 November, announces details of the Mayflower 400 programme. A commemorative year of events and exhibitions  around the destinations central to the Mayflower story will mark the 400th anniversary of the 1620 journey undertaken by 102 passengers and crew to the ‘new world’ of America. To mark the day the ship set sail, a major four nations public ceremony will take place on 16 September 2020 in Plymouth.

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Gainsborough gears up for a festive Farmers’ and Craft Market in December

Farmers Market

The sound of sleigh bells may definitely be heard at December’s Gainsborough’s Farmers’ and Craft Market on Saturday, December 14.

Open between between 9am-3pm, as usual the market promises to be filled with stalls offering fresh seasonal produce, hot or cold food and drink, handmade crafts and gifts – plus a couple of festive additions to this month’s line up.

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Leading Separatists in the Pilgrim Roots region

United Reformed Church, Gainsborough

The United Reformed Church in Gainsborough stands as a memorial to John Robinson, famously known as the pastor to the Pilgrims and one of the founders of the Separatist movements.

He led the Pilgrims to the Dutch town of Leiden, helping them plan their pioneering voyage of the Mayflower. However he would never make the journey. He was instrumental in planning a second Pilgrim voyage but would tragically die before being able to live his dream.

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Local talent on show this month in Retford and Gainsborough

Imagination Museum

A series of celebratory dance performances, featuring local schoolchildren, singers and artists, directed by multi award-winning choreographer Katie Green.

Following a year of performances and workshops, two celebratory performances mark the culmination of The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project working with PiIgrim Roots communities across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

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