On 10th May 1608, a group of separatists began their escape from Gainsborough’s riverside up the River Trent to Immingham and then on to Amsterdam. The Pilgrims lived in Holland for twelve years before some of them then made their journey to America.

To mark this historic date, West Lindsey District Council have launched PilgrimAGE – a digital campaign that will allow you to explore the history of the Pilgrims and their roots. The campaign will run throughout the summer, leading up to the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower in September and will include historical blogs, snapshots of exhibitions as well as videos, podcasts and specially commissioned digital activities.

To follow the PilgrimAGE campaign like Discover Gainsborough and Pilgrim Roots on Facebook or follow @DiscoverGains and @PilgrimRoots on Twitter. Be part of the conversation and post your images, comments and thoughts about the story using #PilgrimAGE.

10 May     Welcome to PilgrimAGE

16 May     The Story of the Mayflower II

17 May     Separatists

20 May     An Act of Kindness Goes a Long Way

22 May     New ‘Radical Routes’ online edition reflects on Pilgrim anniversary

24 May     Persecution

27 May     Separatists in the Pilgrim Roots Region – William Brewster

27 May     The Story of the Mayflower II – Part 2