History brought to life in entertaining new film highlighting the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims

Date published: 03 September 2020

As the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower draws closer, West Lindsey District Council are keen to share the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims. Not just when they set sail from Plymouth, but when their journey began many years before in this region of England.

Many of the Pilgrims (also known as the Separatists) came from Lincolnshire, North Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. It was here that the Separatists formed their ideas and decided to break away – or separate – from the established Church at a time when it was illegal.

Some of the Separatists were also thought to have worshipped in secret at Gainsborough Old Hall – now a much loved visitor attraction and one of the best-preserved Medieval Manor Houses in England. A group of these Separatists also escaped from the riverside in Gainsborough where they travelled to Holland in 1608.

The story has been creatively adapted by local theatre company, Talegate Theatre Productions, who have produced an entertaining yet informative video that is ideal for primary-aged children.

James Worthington, Artistic Director at Talegate Theatre said:

"There is an abundance of local history and exciting plot twists connected to the Mayflower Pilgrims’ story and we have touched upon every heart-stopping moment in this film. We thoroughly enjoyed working in this new genre of online film to continue telling this tale, despite not being able to present it as live theatre to children across the UK. In watching the film we hope to light the candle of interest in children and families to learn more about their local history and visit these exciting places such as Gainsborough Old Hall."

The film takes you on board the Mayflower where you meet Ratty, the ship’s rat, who tells the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims and how they decided to leave their lives in England in search for religious tolerance in the Netherlands before they returned to England to leave for America. 

“Talegate Theatre are great at engaging younger audiences with their fun and irreverent approach to storytelling. By producing this online film, more people will be able to share that fun and find out a bit about Gainsborough’s role in the Pilgrims’ story”, said Anna Scott, Mayflower 400 Officer at West Lindsey District Council.

The Chronicles of the Mayflower Pilgrims is now available to watch online! Just search for Discover Gainsborough on Facebook or visit www.discovergainsborough.com/pilgrimage. You can also find it on Discover Gainsborough’s YouTube channel.

Run-time: approx. 15 minutes.

The Chronicles of the Mayflower Pilgrims is part of Discover Gainsborough’s PilgrimAGE series, which runs until Wednesday 16 September 2020 – the anniversary date of the Mayflower’s voyage. For more information visit www.discovergainsborough.com/pilgrimage or follow Discover Gainsborough on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


For the latest news on West Lindsey District Council visit: www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/councilnews

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