We recently attended the Religious Tolerance Forum organised by Bassetlaw Christian Heritage and held at The Well. At every event we always meet interesting people. As an audio-video production company we like to interview those people so we can help share their story with an online audience via our Out&About podcast series.
There were a range of really interesting speakers including Dr David Appleby, Lecturer in Early Modern British History at Nottingham University and Phil Lyons, CEO of the National Holocaust Centre and Museum. Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury and now Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge was interviewed before the event and the video was shown.
Whilst attending the Forum we had the opportunity to meet and talk to Dr Anna Scott, who is the Mayflower 400UK Officer at West Lindsey District Council and also a Heritage Consultant at Bassetlaw District Council and also Rick Brand who is Chair of Bassetlaw Christian Heritage.
We spoke to them about the growth of nonconformist ideas in the 16th and early 17th Centuries and what made Retford and this area the epicentre.
Anne explained that the local area has 5 of the 11 places that are part of the Mayflower 400UK project and that plans are well advanced on what will be happening in 2020. A number of local partners have joined together to form Pilgrim Roots, so that the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to America can be commemorated.
Brian spoke about how the concept of tolerance was critical to the passengers on the Mayflower and was embodied in the Compact that was signed by them before landing in America and how that became a core part of the US Constitution.
They have been celebrating Illuminate in Retford each November for a few years now and it will be a major event in 2020. You can see a video of Illuminate 2017 on the Pilgrim Roots website.
Listen to the interview below.