01 Jul 2020



[Online Exhibition] Mayflower 400

Due to our museum closures during this time, we have decided to bring our exhibitions online so you can stay connected with your local art & heritage. Visit the our Exhibitions section of the website here to take a digital wander through our galleries – including highlights from Skyscape, Mayflower 400 & Georgians exhibitions.

About the exhibition

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Pilgrim Fathers on board the Mayflower, from Plymouth in the UK to Plymouth, Massachusetts USA. Today, an incredible twenty million Americans can trace their ancestry back to those founding Pilgrim Fathers. Worcestershire is proud to be one of eleven Mayflower partner locations in England working with local, national and international partners to commemorate the anniversary and as a result Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum is delighted to host an exhibition, Mayflower400.

Worcestershire was the home of one of those founding fathers, Edward Winslow. Born in Droitwich and educated school at Kings School, Worcester, Winslow would go on to serve as Governor at Plymouth Colony. Museums Worcestershire is grateful to Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service for loaning the baptismal records of Winslow.

The exhibition draws on seventeenth-century archaeology and costume. A fascinating collection of indigenous American and Canadian objects from the World Cultures Collection, a significant and unique collection in Worcestershire, will also be displayed to explore the voyage and its legacy. The exhibition will also shine a spotlight on difficult stories of colonialism and the European occupation of the Alaskan shores and seas beyond the Mayflower years.

This exhibition was due to run Saturday 11 January – Saturday 21 November 2020 and will be in situ when we reopen.


Part of Mayflower400.

Thank You to members of the Art Gallery & Museum whose membership fees and kind donations have contributed to the conservation of the Seal Gut Parka and enabled it to be displayed in Mayflower 400.

Thank you also to The Leche Trust for their contribution to the conservation of the Seal Gut Parka.

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