Plymouth History Festival 2020 – Mayflower Weekend Highlights

After three weeks of historical exploration, we finished off this year’s festival with an extravaganza of Mayflower content. In collaboration with the team at #Mayflower400, as part of the international commemoration that is taking place, we examined the ship’s journey itself as well as the social and cultural impacts that it and the journeys thatContinue reading “Plymouth History Festival 2020 – Mayflower Weekend Highlights”

Plymouth History Festival 2020 – Week Three Summary

The third and final week of the Festival began with VisitEngland‘s virtual English Tourism Week, giving us a great chance to show off Plymouth’s historical holiday destinations. We then moved on to war and conflict – geographically, economically and socially shaping Plymouth throughout its history. From photos taken during the blitz to a personal accountContinue reading “Plymouth History Festival 2020 – Week Three Summary”

Plymouth History Festival 2020 – Week Two Summary

In the second week of the Festival we examined the many methods people have used to travel from Plymouth to neighbouring Cornwall, and then kept a water-based focus to look at the city’s lighthouses. From Smeaton’s tower what better area to examine than Plymouth Hoe and all its wonderful assets, including a sneaky virtual tourContinue reading “Plymouth History Festival 2020 – Week Two Summary”

Plymouth History Festival 2020 – Week One Summary

Thank you so much to everyone who was involved in this year’s unique Plymouth History Festival. The team were delighted to receive your comments, queries and contributions throughout the month of May, and we’ll be leaving this site up as a go-to resource for local history for months to come. If you have any feedbackContinue reading “Plymouth History Festival 2020 – Week One Summary”

Squanto’s Story

Katy Cawkwell The story of Tisquantum, generally known as Squanto, is one of the most fascinating elements of the Mayflower narrative. Taken as a slave by an earlier European expedition to America, Squanto managed to return to his homeland and played a pivotal role in helping the Mayflower’s passengers communicate with the Wampanoag Native AmericanContinue reading “Squanto’s Story”

Native Americans in Plymouth

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter Plymouth is often seen as a place of departure, yet it’s also a port of arrival. Native Americans have been coming to the city for over four hundred years. Some have arrived through captivity, others by choice,Continue reading “Native Americans in Plymouth”

Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter Three years ago, The Box began a creative collaboration with the Wampanoag Nation. They are the People of the First Light, who have lived in the American eastern woodlands for 12,000 years. Their history and culture isContinue reading “Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America”

Wampanoag Pottery Commission

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter As well as the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, 2020 also sees Plymouth’s first artistic collaboration with the Wampanoag people thanks to a new commission from The Box.  ‘This is significant and symbolic forContinue reading “Wampanoag Pottery Commission”

Mayflower 400 Podcasts

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter If you enjoyed yesterday’s Live Q&A with Dr Kathryn Gray and Jo Loosemore, you might be interested to know they’ve recorded a series of podcasts as part of the development of The Box‘s ‘Mayflower 400: Legend andContinue reading “Mayflower 400 Podcasts”

My Mayflower and Mayflower II

Welcome to the last day of this year’s History Festival, and our second day exploring the Mayflower story and its links with Plymouth. We have lots of interesting things to share with you throughout the day, including podcasts recorded by Dr Kathryn Gray and Jo Loosemore – the stars of yesterday’s live Q&A – andContinue reading “My Mayflower and Mayflower II”