Tag Archives : Mayflower 400


Plymouth outlines Mayflower 400 investment

Exciting plans to get Plymouth shipshape and ready for the global stage as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations are being unveiled. Historic trails will be developed so that visitors can follow in the footsteps of the Pilgrim Fathers. Some projects in the pipeline include the renovation of two Elizabethan houses in the Barbican and […]


ACE funding news for Plymouth’s History Centre

The good news about Plymouth’s History Centre keeps coming. Project partners have just learned that Arts Council England (ACE) has given the green light to a full funding request of £4,175,000. Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council said: “This is yet more brilliant news – news that will really help us to achieve […]


Historic plaques get some TLC

Some of Plymouth’s historic plaques are being given a facelift thanks to a city-wide refurbishment programme. Existing plaques commemorating stamp dealer Stanley Gibbons (1840-1913), T E Shaw – otherwise known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ (1888-1935)­ – and the possible Mayflower Pilgrim associations with Island House have been removed, repainted in a more familiar blue and […]


Hunt on for world class captain for Mayflower400 programme

Plans to commemorate one of the world’s most significant voyages are stepping up a gear with the search starting for a chief executive for Mayflower400. A new post is being created to lead the national and international programme which will commemorate the voyage of the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World in 1620. A programme […]


To be a Pilgrim

As Plymouth businesses start doing their bit to help Make a Difference for Mayflower 400, members of the public are being offered a very special opportunity to get involved with the commemorations in 2020. One Small Candle, Plymouth’s unique community pilgrim project is looking for five volunteer pilgrims. Volunteers will be involved in putting together […]


Plymouth gears up to market cruise in the autumn

Plymouth will be marketed as an international cruise destination from this autumn. ABP, owner of Millbay Docks, is to promote Millbay as a cruise destination to an international audience, with vessels to be berthed alongside on the ferryport side of the dock. Talks have been taking place with ABP, Brittany Ferries and the Council over […]


Into Plymouth’s Lion’s Den – to clean it

Businesses across the city were asked to ‘Make a difference for Mayflower’ by contributing time, materials or sponsorship to get the city ready for the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower in 2020. The project team, comprising Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, Plymouth City Centre Company and the Duke of Cornwall Hotel, […]


Unmanned Mayflower Voyage to be key event in 2020

A pioneering project that marries the city’s past and its ambition to be a global centre for marine technology is to form part of the official Mayflower 400 commemorations. Plymouth City Council and the Plymouth-based Mayflower Autonomous Ship Ltd have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on the ‘Mayflower Autonomous Ship’ – the […]


Plymouth Pledges to Make a Difference for Mayflower 400

Plymouth businesses are being urged to help Make a Difference for Mayflower 400 as the city gears up for the momentous commemorations in 2020. A rallying call is being issued to business of all shapes and sizes to get stuck in and make a difference to their own business, to the look and feel of […]


Mayflower Steps in the spotlight

  Plymouth’s historic Mayflower Steps will be permanently in the spotlight, thanks to new lights which will be switched on for the first time as part of the city’s Thanksgiving celebrations this Thursday ( 26 November) The monument, which commemorates the departure of the Pilgrim Fathers to America where they helped found a nation, will […]


US Ambassador re-opens museum five years before Mayflower 400 anniversary

US Ambassador to the UK Matthew Barzun officially opened the newly refurbished Mayflower Museum on Plymouth’s Barbican during his two day visit to the city. The Ambassador and Council Leader Tudor Evans unveiled a plaque in the waterfront museum, which is immediately opposite the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrims set off 395 years ago. The […]


Plymouth hosts the first Mayflower 400 International Joint Choirs Project

A group of 31 children from schools in the American city of Plymouth Massachusetts have been visiting Plymouth this week. The children represent part of the international choir that has been rehearsing, via the internet, across the waves between Plymouth UK and Plymouth USA. Collectively, there will be over 100 US and UK children singing […]


Plymouth wins funding for revamp at Mayflower Museum

Plymouth City Council and the partnership leading plans for Mayflower 400 are celebrating news that the city has won £35,000 from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to upgrade the Mayflower Museum on the Barbican. The funding, announced today by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid, will allow a […]