What is Pilgrim Roots?

Pilgrim Roots is a regional partnership covering Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire in England, UK, developed to support, build upon and realise ambitions in this region to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower in 2020.

Some of the passengers on this ship came from these counties before first escaping to Holland then later deciding to sail to America to establish one of the earliest colonies there.

It was in this region of England that these people formed their ideas and plans for new lives – deciding to separate from the Church to form their own church at a time when this was illegal.

The Pilgrim Roots Partnership is complementary to and works with Mayflower 400, an international partnership leading national and international plans for 2020, led by Plymouth City Council and partners in Plymouth.

Pilgrim Roots links together Pilgrims’ heritage sites and history by working across administrative boundaries to create a strong, interdependent and mutually beneficial partnership capable of delivering cultural change and economic development within the region.

Aims & Objectives

The Pilgrim Roots partnership aims to develop relationships across the Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire region to understand and promote Pilgrims’ heritage.

Our strategic objectives are to:

  • Collaborate regionally to strengthen our Pilgrims’ heritage offer
  • Create and support high quality events and activities to commemorate Pilgrims’ heritage
  • Co-ordinate regionally to help inform destination partners’ roles within the national Mayflower 400 Compact Partnership
  • Monitor and evaluate our regional activities to inform strategic funding applications and create legacy
  • Create a defined regional partnership based on a shared heritage about the roots of the Mayflower Pilgrims’ story and its resonance today.

The Pilgrim Roots Partnership

The partnership includes representatives from local authorities, tourism and corporate agencies from across the region, as well as community interest groups and other stakeholders. The partnership is open to all with a shared interest in promoting and upholding the aims and objectives of the Roots Partnership.

Our partners include:

  • Bassetlaw District Council*
  • Boston Borough Council*
  • Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council*
  • Lincolnshire County Council
  • North East Lincolnshire Council*
  • Nottinghamshire County Council
  • Transported
  • University of Lincoln
  • Visit Lincoln
  • Visit Nottinghamshire
  • West Lindsey District Council*

(*denotes Mayflower 400 Compact Partner).