One of the places we visited as part of our Mayflower 400 research was The Clink Prison Museum in London. The prison was one of the main jails in London where Separatists were held and punished for their views.
2020 will commemorate the 400th anniversary
of the Mayflower's voyage to America
Focus has continued its research into the Mayflower 400 story with the start of the journey being back in the Spring of 2017 when we produced a digital map which identified where in England the passengers came from. The map enabled local communities across England to see what connection they had to the Mayflower story.
Since then our research into the Mayflower and its passengers and crew has taken us all over the country and we have met many interesting people.
The following audio and video programs are a result of our travels:-
Research for upcoming DVD into the background of John Howland, passenger aboard the Mayflower in 1620 who sailed to a new life in America.
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.
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.
The New World Tapestry was for a time the largest stitched embroidery in the world. It has 24 panels each measuring 11 feet x 4 feet. It depicts the English colonisation attempts in Newfoundland, North America, the Guyanas and Bermuda between 1583 and 1642.
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.
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.
Southampton has some of England’s best preserved medieval town walls in the UK. Almost half of the 2km walls still exists today. We recently joined SeeSouthampton to experience a guided tour with them as we wanted a better understanding and insight into what the City would have looked like in early August 1620 when the Pilgrims left for America in their ships Mayflower and Speedwell from West Gate in Southampton.
In late 2016 members of the Mayflower 400 Digital Team had held monthly telephone conference calls to discuss projects and activities that could be done as part of the Mayflower 400 celebrations being planned leading up to and during 2020. This is a summary of the group which met in June 2017 to discuss ideas and concepts in a face-to-face hosted by Solent University in Southampton. Unfortunately the group later disbanded but Focus have continued research into the Mayflower story.
Whilst researching for the Mayflower 400 project we found out that one of the passengers was from a village only a few miles away from where I live in Cambridgeshire. John Howland was born in Fenstanton in the mid to late 1590s. He was initially an indentured servant or assistant to John Carver who was a leader in the Separatists Church in Leiden, Holland.
As part of the Mayflower 400 Project in Southampton we visited and interviewed Tom Mor, the New World Tapestry’s designer, about the story behind this magnificent tapestry. Tom started his career as a graphic artist and designed and ended up owning and running an advertising agency in Plymouth before retiring.
In 2017 we produced an interactive map of the Mayflower passengers who voyaged from Britain to America in 1620 which includes the Pilgrim separatists, non-separatists, servants, and crew. It shows where each of the passengers originally came from and where they lived. The map is now featured on the Mayflower 400 UK website.