The Box is the flagship capital project for Plymouth's Mayflower 400 commemorations and we'll be involved in a number of activities and initiatives throughout 2019 and 2020.
Take a look at our Mayflower 400 document which highlights our commitment to the forthcoming commemorations in 2020 here.
Use this page to stay up to date with developments and take a look at the links below for all our Mayflower 400-related news releases and blog posts.
You can find out more about progress with the restoration of the Elizabethan House, another part of our Mayflower 400 commemorations, here.
Find out more about Mayflower 400 here.
News, Blog Posts and Podcasts
PODCAST – 3 September 2019: The Plymouth colony and publications about it inspired other English settlers. William Wood published his ‘New England’s Prospect’ in 1634. It describes the economics, ecology and ethnography of early colonial America.
PODCAST – 13 August 2019: The passengers of the Mayflower armed themselves and their ship and hired a military captain. Arms and armour were important to the settlers of the Plymouth colony. Their weapons would also have consequences for the Native Americans they met.
VIDEO: Listen as Paula Peters from the Wampanoag Advisory Committee highlights the importance of tradition.
VIDEO: Hear Linda Coombs from the Wampanoag Advisory Committee talk about her experience of viewing wampum belts from the British Museum’s collections.
VIDEO: Find out more about the research visit members of the Wampanoag Advisory Committee made to the British Museum in spring 2019 as part of the R&D for our ‘Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America’ project.
BLOG POST - 24 July 2019: Find out about a research visit to the British Museum that took place this spring to help inform our 'Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America' project.
BLOG POST - 22 July 2019: Get an update about the unique wampum belt partnership project that The Box is leading on with the Wampanoag and a number of UK organisations.
PODCAST – 19 July 2019: Discover more about the Dutch city of Leiden and a map dating from 1600 that will be on display in our ‘Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy’ exhibition.
PODCAST – 17 June 2019: John Alden joined the Mayflower in Southampton. Although he also owned a King James Bible, this is his Geneva Bible. It’s slightly mysterious and may not have the history its cover suggests.
PODCAST – 13 May 2019: The John Eliot Algonquian Bible was the first Bible to be printed in America. Published in 1661, it recorded – and repressed – in the language spoken by the Native Americans of the east coast. Four centuries on, it has also enabled an indigenous language to be reclaimed.
PODCAST – 8 April 2019: Signed in 1621, the Second Peirce Patent is the oldest existing state document of New England. In 2020 this 400-year old parchment document with four brown wax seals will return to ‘Old’ England as part of the city’s Mayflower commemorations.
PRESS RELEASE - 28 March 2019: The Friends of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery (FPCMAG) have donated £2500 to The Box for its first-ever work by a Native American artist.
PRESS RELEASE - 19 March 2019: Sixteen projects have been awarded bursaries in the second round of 'Mayflower 400 Community Sparks' ranging from storytelling to street parties, and historical talks to giant tapestries.
PODCAST – 4 February 2019: Listen as our Curator Jo Loosemore and the University of Plymouth’s Dr Kathryn Gray talk about ‘Of Plimoth Plantation’ – the famous text about the Mayflower’s departure from England and the building of their colony in America.
PRESS RELEASE - 26 February 2019: Thanks to a partnership with Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, one of the most significant pieces of Anglo-American history has been conserved so it can travel to Plymouth, Devon for the first time.
PODCAST – 4 February 2019: Listen to Curator Jo Loosemore and the University of Plymouth’s Dr Kathryn Gray discussing this important text from 1622 – one of the very first published accounts from the Mayflower passengers.
PRESS RELEASE - 4 December 2018: The first commission for The Box’s major ‘Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy’ exhibition is its first-ever work by a Wampanoag artist. Ramona Peters, who specialises in traditional ceramics, will create a new cooking pot based on historic Wampanoag designs.
BLOG POST - 27 November 2018: Meet the Imagination Museum Team - the performers and dance engagement practitioners who will support the project in Plymouth.
MAYFLOWER 400 COMMUNITY SPARKS - 26 November 2018: Twelve projects were awarded bursaries in round 1 of the Mayflower 400 Community Sparks bursary scheme following a competitive application process.
BLOG POST - 23 November 2018: Get an update about our major commemorative 'Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy' exhibition and some of the vital relationships that have been developed during the research process.
PRESS RELEASE - 22 March 2018: A new fund that will give community groups across Plymouth a chance to get on board with Mayflower 400 has just been launched.
New dance and heritage project commemorating the Mayflower 400 anniversary is set to come to Plymouth
PRESS RELEASE - 2 February 2018: Multi award-winning choreographer Katie Green will bring her newest project ‘Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400’ to Plymouth in the lead up to the 2020 anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. The project will also travel to Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Hampshire.
BLOG POST - 10 January 2018: Find out more about the research we're undertaking for our major 'Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy' exhibition.