Mayflower 400 International Programme Announcement hosted at House of Commons

Date published: 17 December 2018

The official launch of the Mayflower 400 international programme took place in the House of Commons this month, and was attended by West Lindsey’s Mayflower 400 Officer, Dr Anna Scott. 

The Mayflower 400 commemoration, marking the sailing of the Mayflower ship in 1620 from England to the America, will explore all aspects of the Mayflower history and legacy reflecting the core themes of imagination, humanity, freedom and future.

The programme encompasses a national visitor trail of 11 destinations in England, 12 months of cultural and events activity in addition to heritage, community, sporting and volunteering aspects.

Dr Anna Scott, Mayflower 400 Officer, was delighted to be in attendance at the event, she said: “It was a brilliant event, with delegates in attendance from across the world. The countdown is now well underway for the Mayflower 2020 commemoration, and I’m excited about the part that West Lindsey has to play.”

The launch event, which took place in the House of Commons saw global representatives unite from all four nations involved in the programme, aiming to send a clear message regarding the strength and significance of the relationship between the UK, the Netherlands, the Native American Wampanoag and the United States of America.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said, “We’re proud to be working closely with the Mayflower 400 team and to be strengthening cultural connections – these connections will help to boost the flow of talent that is so crucial to the arts and creative industries, one of the fasted growing economic sectors in England.

“In addition, The Art of the Possible cultural programme will benefit from £700,000 of Arts Council National Lottery funding, creating unprecedented opportunities for people in cities across the UK, to consider afresh the meaning of the ship that set sail from the Mayflower steps some 400 years ago."

Michael Ellis, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism said, “The Mayflower 400 commemorations will increase the profile of the UK among an international audience and encourage people to travel beyond London when they visit the UK. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to improve relations with international partners and to prove that the UK is open for business.”

Adrian Vinken, Chair of Mayflower 400, comments: “The Mayflower voyage was one of the most influential journeys in global history and a defining moment in the shared history of Britain, the US and the Netherlands. This programme not only stands to strengthen our transatlantic links yet further but will enable is to drive education and awareness through arts and culture.”

The Mayflower 400 commemoration programme in 2020 will comprise over 400 events that will span four Nations – Britain, USA, the Netherlands and the Wampanoag – and is anticipated to yield a significant £440m impact on the business turnover across the UK Mayflower Compact destinations. Business leaders are gathering to explore how business might further work with the anniversary on transatlantic opportunities.

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