Research for upcoming DVD into the background of John Howland, passenger aboard the Mayflower in 1620 who sailed to a new life in America.
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Focus has continued its research into the story of the Mayflower, its passengers and crew who sailed to America in 1620. It has taken us all over the country. We have met many interesting people.
At the beginning of our research for the Mayflower Project I had the pleasure of being taken on a guided tour of Southampton’s Medieval City Walls with SeeSouthampton. It was a really great experience as almost half of the walls are still standing. A number of the original towers and defensive features still exists as well as the merchants vaults. These would have been on the original wharf’s that faced onto West Bay. During World War II these vaults were used as air raid shelters. West Bay was reclaimed and filled in during the 1930’s and is now the site […]
As part of the Mayflower historical research we visited Emmanuel Church, Loughborough, Leicestershire with Roger Wilson. Roger is an expert in Church history and in this audio interview we find out churches have changed over the last 400+ years.
Early in our Mayflower research we were introduced to Tom Bartlett by The Pilgrim John Howland Society. Tom is a descendant of John Howland, one of the passengers on the Mayflower. Tom’s home town is Plymouth, Massachusetts but he has lived in the UK for over 30 years and has been investigating John’s life in England before he left for America in 1620.
The fifth church we went to see with Roger Wilson, an expert in Church history, was St Mary the Virgin in Ashley in Northamptonshire. This is a 13th Century medieval church which was restored by the Revd Richard Pulteney in the 1860s to conform to the principles of the Oxford Movement and the Ecclesiological Society.
The fourth church we went to see with Roger Wilson (an expert in Church history) was St John the Baptist in Kings Norton in Leicestershire. This is a Gothic Revival Church built in in the 1760s by John Wing for the Lord of the Manor William Fortrey.
The third church we visited in our quest for information for the Mayflower Project was St Andrew’s Church in Lyddington, Rutland. The oldest parts of the present church date back to the 14th century.
The second church we went to see with Roger Wilson (expert in Church history) was St Peter’s Church in Brooke, Leicestershire. It shows clearly how it was changed to meet the Elizabethan era of worship using the 1559 prayer book.
As part of the Mayflower 400 project we have been completing historical research around the UK. One of our topics has been the Reformation and its impact on local churches. We visited six churches with Roger Wilson to see how they have changed over the last 400+ years. The churches we visited were spread across Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire.
We spoke to Roger in an audio podcast about the first church we went to see which was St Andrews Church in Stoke Dry in Rutland.
As part of our work on the Mayflower 400 project we have been meeting and audio interviewing a number of subject matter experts on various topics. These range from the role of Cambridge University in the development of Puritanical thinking, to Mayflower passenger John Howland of Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire and the origins of the Separatists in Retford and Scooby. At the heart of the Mayflower story is the Reformation and the impact on Church worship and Church buildings and their interiors. These changes have continued ever since. Roger Wilson has been interested in Churches for many years and how they have […]
As part our Mayflower 400 research we found a photograph of large scale model of the Mayflower which was held by Bassetlaw Museum. The picture showed a large scale model on display in Retford Market Square on 30th November 1985 – which would have been the 365th anniversary of her sailing from Southampton and then Plymouth to America.
We recently met up with Tom Bartlett to talk about his research into the life of his ancestor, the Mayflower passenger John Howland. Tom is an American who has been living in the UK for over 25 years. His family home is in Plymouth, Massachusetts and he is a member of the Pilgrim John Howland Society in the USA.
As part of the Mayflower 400 project we have been working with Tom Bartlett, a member of the Pilgrim John Howland Society (PJHS) of America. We recently filmed Tom in Fenstanton Church talking about his plans to create a DVD about John and his early years in England.
Welcome to the Mayflower 400 Digital Strategy resources page. This is where we are hosting information on the work of the Digital & Skills Working Group so everyone involved in the project or interested in its work can be updated. The members of the Working Group and its contributors are listed here. Below is a recording of a brief prepared in July 2017 for the Southampton Steering Group and the National Compact meeting. It was prepared by Peter O’Sullivan, the group lead. The brief outlines both the work done to date and what is possible based on available Augmented, Mixed and […]
I recently spent a great morning with Professor Bob Stone of Birmingham University where he heads up the Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team. Bob has a background in Psychology and Human Factors and been working in the area of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) since the 1980s. I first met Bob as part of our work on the Mayflower 400 project.
In footsteps of the Passengers and Crew of the Mayflower – Summary of a Tour of Southampton to see old places and buildings that passengers would have probably visited or seen prior to their voyage. After the walk we had the chance to interview the guide – Geoffrey Wheeler.
June saw a number of people gather at Southampton Solent University as the chosen location for members of the Mayflower Digital Team to meet ‘face-to-face’ for the first time to discuss work-in-progress and look at co-operative project opportunities. We also took time to interview some of the key players of the Mayflower 400 celebrations who were attending the workshop.