Pilgrim Trails: ‘Our bid has been submitted!’

Welcome to our second newsletter for the Pilgrim Roots Heritage Project – to download a copy of the newsletter click here or on the image below:

HLF Project Newsletter 2 Pilgrim Trails extract

Our Bid has been submitted!

On Friday 25th May the project team at Bassetlaw District Council hit the send button and electronically transferred the equivalent of four years hard work to the East Midlands Office of Heritage Lottery.

The Activity Plan alone is almost 200 pages of plans, statistics, projections and activities that will take place over the next three years.

We won’t know if we are successful until the end of September 2018 but we feel confident that, irrespective of the outcome, we have done everything we possibly could to show why HLF should invest in this ‘once in a century opportunity’ as the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower reaching Plymouth Massachusetts approaches.

So are we planning to sit and relax over the summer?

Absolutely not! We have to be confident that our bid will be approved by Heritage Lottery and so we will be preparing tenders for contractors, getting job descriptions approved for two new members of staff, preparing media packs and all the other details that will enable us to hit the ground running as soon as we hear.

We will also be planning our very popular Illuminate events and more details of these will be revealed soon. Members of the project team will be out and about at events over the summer as part of Bassetlaw District Council’s Big Conversation Engagement Events.

Find us at Ranskill Scarecrow Festival, Kings Park 80th Birthday Celebrations in Retford and of course Scrooby Show. We will continue to publish this newsletter on a regular basis as we wait with baited breath!

Mayflower 400 Compact Meeting comes to North Nottinghamshire

The Mayflower 400 Compact Partnership is the national body that has been working towards the year-long programme of events to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims journey to the New World. Led by Plymouth, the partnership comprises 11 destinations in UK that have connections to the Mayflower story plus partners in Leiden, Holland and Plymouth, USA.

In the Roots region, Bassetlaw, Doncaster, West Lindsey, Boston and Immingham are partners . We meet regularly to discuss plans and share ideas such as putting joint bids together to Arts Council England for example, for touring exhibitions and large scale events for 2020. Bassetlaw District Council is delighted to host the June meeting of Mayflower 400 and the venue we have chosen is the delightful Hodsock Priory.

This is particularly appropriate as its owner George Buchanan is also Chair of North Nottinghamshire’s Business Improvement District who have identified Mayflower 400 as one of their key opportunities over the next 5 years – and this support is an important factor in our own HLF bid’s evidence of sustainability. We look forward to welcoming our partners from as far afield as Dartmouth, Worcester and Southwark to North Nottinghamshire.

What did we learn?

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in our consultation exercise. We engaged with over 2500 people in total at public events, parish council meetings, visiting schools and asking people to participate in on-line surveys. We really enjoyed talking to you and were overwhelmed by the positive support for the project.

We specifically asked if you liked our themes of MIGRATION, TOLERANCE and FREEDOM and this was a resounding yes. We asked what aspects of the story were you most interested in, to help us decide on interpretation at the museum, on trail boards and the website. You told us you wanted more emphasis on our own local stories and the events that led the Separatists to flee, firstly to Holland and then on to America.

And we also asked if you liked the design examples that will be the ‘brand’ for our Pilgrim Roots activities. They received very positive comments from our consultees. We plan to repeat these events once we know we have succeeded with our application as we look forward to showing you how proposals have changed into very definite plans.

Nottinghamshire County Council confirm £55k funding boost for Nottinghamshire PILGRIM heritage COMMEMORATIONS

Nottinghamshire County Council has pledged a further £55,000 for events to mark the county’s Pilgrim roots, as local and national plans are put in place to roll out the red carpet for an expected surge in visitors from the United States in 2020.

Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of the Council said: “The 400th anniversary countdown of the Mayflower ship sailing from England and arriving in America provides an exciting opportunity for Nottinghamshire to commemorate its Pilgrim ancestors and to share their inspirational story with the world.

“Many places around the UK and further afield have links to the Pilgrims, but Nottinghamshire was the place where it all began. It gives me great pride that the amazing chain of events, which has had such a huge impact on American history, started right here in Nottinghamshire.

“Nottinghamshire is a place of legend, famous for its history and unique heritage. It is a place of ambition, where people are industrious, pioneering and creative. It is a place where business thrives, creating opportunities and prosperity.

“We have a fourfold vision for our county – to make it a great place to raise a family, to fulfil ambitions, to enjoy later life, and to start and grow a business. Against this backdrop, Nottinghamshire County Council is committed to ensuring our area’s contribution to the impact of the Mayflower’s journey is recognised and fully maximised for generations to come.”

The County Council is contributing £25,000 towards a Heritage Lottery Fund in support of activities led bid by the Pilgrim Roots Partnership, which includes the County and District Councils, tourism bodies and voluntary groups.

The partnership is hoping to secure £450,000 in Lottery funding for its ‘The Pilgrim Roots: The Separatists Story, Mayflower 400 and beyond’ project, which includes plans for:

  • a regional trail linking key Pilgrim heritage sites from Retford to Gainsborough;
  • a dedicated Pilgrim Roots gallery at Bassetlaw Museum in Retford;
  • a range of digital resources dedicated to the story, including a website, and;
  • nine interpretation panels located at key sites, with supporting Wi-Fi access.

A further £30,000 has also been committed for activities to mark Nottinghamshire’s wider association with the separatist’s story and religious heritage to add to the tourism offer around the 2020 anniversary. These include bespoke interpretation and exhibitions development at key sites, educational engagement in schools through a Thanksgiving themed school meal, and a Nottinghamshire-focused marketing campaign.

Councillor Cutts added: “The County Council has been working alongside local partners and in other parts of the country with Pilgrim links on exciting plans for the run-up to 2020 and “The 400th anniversary offers the potential for massive economic, tourism, educational and cultural benefits for Nottinghamshire, which the County Council is determined to maximise.”

Did you know?

Passenger William Mullins from Dorking was a shoemaker by profession. His baggage consisted of over 250 shoes and 13 pairs of boots.

In 1979 US Ambassador Kingman Brewster, a descendant of William Brewster, laid the foundation stone for Scrooby Village Hall. In 2015, Wrestling Brewster, 11th generation descendent of William, unveiled a plaque in the same Village Hall, marking his visit following in the footsteps of his ancestor.

Poor William Butten, who some think came from Austerfield, although this is unproven, was called “a youth” by Gov. William Bradford in his passenger list of the Mayflower. He left as a servant with the family of Dr. Samuel Fuller. He was the only Mayflower passenger to die during the voyage itself – just three days before land was sighted.


Can you help us? Mayflower memories & the Roots Heritage Lottery Fund project…

Can you help us

The Mayflower arrives… in Retford! It’s 1985, and the ship has just sailed into the Market Place. Were you there? Do you remember seeing this (inland) historic voyage?! We’d love to hear from you as part of the Pilgrim Roots Heritage Project – funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This month, we’re holding consultation events to find out what people in Bassetlaw and West Lindsey think about the plans to tell the Pilgrim story around a heritage trail and what’s important about that story.

On Tuesday 20th March, the Project Team will be at:

  • Bassetlaw Museum in Retford between 10.30am and 12.30pm, and
  • Gainsborough Old Hall between 1.30pm and 3.30pm – and if you bring a National Lottery ticket with you, you can claim a free hot drink that same day in Chambers Coffee Shop at the Old Hall.

Come along to:

  • see some of our plans and designs for the trail and new gallery at Bassetlaw Museum
  • share your memories of Mayflower commemorations in the past
  • find out about planned activities and events
  • register your interest as a volunteer.

You can also tell us your thoughts about the plan via this short online questionnaire.

The Imagination Museum: new dance project for Mayflower 400 in Notts & Lincs

New dance and heritage project commemorating the Mayflower 400 anniversary awarded funding from Arts Council England

Multi award-winning choreographer Katie Green, originally from Lincolnshire, will bring her newest project The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 to Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Hampshire and Plymouth in the lead up to the 2020 anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. The project will see 5,500 people get involved in innovative dance and heritage events within their local community.

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project will bring to life museum collections and heritage sites through fun and engaging dance performances and workshops. It will draw on the historic story of the Mayflower’s voyage from England to America, and will begin in North Nottinghamshire and culminate in Plymouth. The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth in September 1620, and the 400th anniversary will be commemorated nationwide.

The Imagination Museum (photo Pari Naderi)
The Imagination Museum (photo Pari Naderi)

From 2019 – 2020, the project will tour to 19 venues across the Midlands and South West of England, including museums, heritage sites, schools, community centres and churches. Each performance will be different, drawing on workshops with the local community at each venue to develop the core dance piece, and providing opportunities for community groups to perform alongside professional dancers. Choreographer Katie Green says: “We are thrilled to have been supported through the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring programme to develop our work with dance and museums. This funding, along with the support of our other partners, enables us to work closely with communities in three key regions. We’re particularly excited to work with people who may be new to dance or museums.”

To find out more about how you can get involved in The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project, contact katie@madebykatiegreen.co.uk.

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project is produced by Made By Katie Green, supported financially using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as part of the Strategic Touring programme, Hampshire Cultural Trust, The Box, Plymouth City Council and Bassetlaw District Council, and also delivered in partnership with the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, Transported, The Point and Plymouth Dance.

Made By Katie Green is a contemporary dance company developing new ways of responding to historical artefacts and heritage sites through dance. Working collaboratively with a range of artists, we create stories that bring our shared past to life in new ways, and engage a broad audience, including those who are new to dance.

For more information about the company’s work visit: www.madebykatiegreen.co.uk

For more information about the national Mayflower 400 commemoration, please visit: http://www.mayflower400uk.org/about/

Illuminate 2017

What’s on? Coming up, ‘Illuminate‘ across the Pilgrim Roots region:

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Join residents in Austerfield and Bawtry in South Yorkshire as they commemorate their historic links to the Pilgrims’ story – starting in William Bradford’s home village – and finishing with a lantern parade in nearby Bawtry on Sunday 19 November 2017.

Find out more at Eventbrite.


Join us for our first Illuminate Lantern Parade commemorating Bassetlaw’s role in the Pilgrims’ story, by making lanterns with professional artists then joining Retford’s Illuminate Parade on Tuesday 21 November 2017 – an Arts Council England funded project led by Bassetlaw District Council.

Free Lantern Workshops at:

Aurora Wellbeing Centre, Worksop (S80 2BP) Tuesday 24 October 10am-4pm – with Jess Kemp

Bassetlaw Museum, Retford (DN22 6LD) Friday 27 October 10am-4pm – with Jess Kemp

Grove Street Methodist Church, Retford (DN22 6LB) Saturday 11 November 10am-4pm & Sunday 12 November 12pm-5pm – with Jess Kemp & Vincent Canning

Register on Tuesday 21 November from 4.30pm on Carolgate (near Wilko’s) for a parade start of 5pm to the Market Square

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Join us for our first Illuminate Lantern Parade commemorating West Lindsey’s role in the Pilgrims’ story, by making lanterns with professional artists then joining Gainsborough’s Illuminate Parade on Wednesday 22 November 2017 – an Arts Council England funded project with West Lindsey District Council.

Flame lantern Credit: Zoomorphia

Free Lantern Workshops at:

Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough (DN21 2AL) Monday 23 October 10am-4pm – with Julie Willoughby of zoomorphia

X-Church, Gainsborough (DN21 1BY) Thursday 26 October 10am-4pm – with Kirsty Champ

United Reformed Church, Gainsborough (DN21 2JR) Saturday 18 November 10am-4pm & Sunday 19 November 10am-4pm – with Julie Willoughby & Vincent Canning

Register on Wednesday 22 November from 4.30pm on Silver Street (near Argos) for a parade start of 5pm to Gainsborough Old Hall.

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Illuminate in Boston is a annual festival which has taken place on the last Thursday in November since 2015. Each Illuminate festival has built on the last, exploring Boston’s connection to the Pilgrims’ story and what brought the Pilgrims to Scotia Creek one dark night in the autumn of 1607. Illuminate features a procession with spectacular lit-lanterns created in workshops with local schools and community groups in the run up to each year’s event. Previous Illuminates have had a replica of the Mayflower ship, Pilgrims, birds and stars lanterns. The festival also features light projections and music.

Illuminate will lead up to a huge international celebration in 2020 to commemorate the sailing of the Mayflower, and the arrival of the Pilgrims in America. For more information about Boston’s connection to the Mayflower story, visit http://www.mayflower400uk.com/boston/.

Illuminate is a partnership with Transported (an Arts Council England project) and Boston Borough Council.

Illuminate: Mayflower Performance & Craft Workshop

See Rhubarb Theatre perform Mayflower in Boston Market Place on Thursday 26 October, 10am-3pm, a 15 minute performance based on the Pilgrims’ story – getting us ready and in the mood for Illuminate on Thursday 23 November! Performances throughout the day in Boston Market Place.

Join in with Illuminate themed crafts with artist Nadya Monfrinoli. Find out more here.

Illuminate: Lantern Making Workshops

Working with artists Ruth Piggott (from Curiosity Creators), Jess Thompson, Nadya Monfrinoli and Kathleen Smith.

Book your place to make a stunning lantern, and come and join us for our third annual Illuminate festival! At:

Geoff Moulder Activity Room, Rowley Rd, Boston PE21 6JE
Sunday 15 October 10am to 3pm, Saturday 21 October 10am to 3pm & Sunday 22 October 10am to 3pm

Boston Guildhall, South Street, Boston PE21 6HT
Saturday 28 October 11am to 3pm & Saturday 18 November 11am to 3pm

Spaces are limited, so book your place by emailing Lauren on Transported@litc.org.uk or calling 01406 701006. Suitable for those aged 7 and up, but all under 16s must be accompanied by an adult please. Find out more here.

Please note: you must be available between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on 23/11/2017

Illuminate 2017 Boston

Thursday 23 November, 5.30pm-8pm: The third fantastic Illuminate Festival will build on the serene light parades and stunning projects of Illuminate 2015 and 2016 to tell the story of the Boston Pilgrims and the town’s connection to the Mayflower, building up to international celebrations of the 400th anniversary in 2020. Find out more here.


Details coming soon