04/08/2017 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Launch of the Mayflower 400 anniversary commemorations


Eleven towns and cities around the UK will help to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage to America, one of the most important journeys in history.

Mayflower 400 is a dedicated programme which, on the run up to 2020, will organise events to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower ship to America - an estimated 200 million US citizens are descended from the inhabitants of this one ship.

Join the Family Tree community  
Follow us on facebook
Follow us on twitter
Sign up for our free e-newsletter
Discover Family Tree magazine

PR team Hills Balfour will highlight the key elements of the Mayflower story in the lead up to the ship departing the city of Plymouth’s shores for the New World on 16 September 1620. The team will work closely with a network of local, national and international partners, as well as VisitBritain and UKInbound, to launch the Mayflower 400 campaign in the US, Holland and the UK with a particular focus on travel trade media, to thereby educate the industry and capitalise on the tourism opportunities the 400th anniversary generates. 

The 11 UK member destinations within the Mayflower 400 programme are:
  • Austerfield, Doncaster
  • Boston, Lincolnshire
  • Dartmouth, Devon
  • Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
  • Harwich, Essex
  • Immingham, Lincolnshire
  • Plymouth, Devon
  • Scrooby & Babworth, Nottinghamshire
  • Southwark, London
  • Southampton, Hampshire
  • Worcestershire

Emma Tatlow, National Visitor Project Manager for Mayflower 400, said, ‘We are thrilled to be working with Hills Balfour and feel their experience and expertise in both international and UK destination PR will help us put the Mayflower story on the map on both a national and international scale.

'The Mayflower 400 commemorations will highlight the special relationship between our nations, transform communities, provide cultural, educational, business and visitor links and celebrate the people and places of this epic pioneering tale. We therefore look forward to working with Hills Balfour to communicate Mayflower 400’s core brand messages in order to raise the profile of the campaign and increase the value and volume of the visitor economy across the destinations.'

To follow the progress of the project, visit the Mayflower 400 website.

Back to News

04/08/2017 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Births and deaths registered in England and Wales 2017: new statistics released

New information from the Office for National Statistics provides facts about the number of births and deaths ...

Historic churches threatened by funding cuts and climate change National Churches Trust warns

A big increase in the number of historic churches and chapels seeking funding for urgent repairs has been ...

MyHeritage opens new European DNA kit distribution centre in the Netherlands

MyHeritage DNA has announced the opening of a new distribution centre in Tilburg, the Netherlands, in order ...

Do you have a missing piece of history from Imperial War Museums' 8 million World War I life stories?

Imperial War Museums is calling on the public to find the last ‘missing pieces’ and help complete 8 million ...

Other News

Test your knowledge of Britain's health over 70 years of the NHS - interactive charts

The Office for National Statistics and NHS in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland are inviting the ...

Shell shock stories project focuses on experiences of family historians with World War I ancestors

The psychological trauma experienced by soldiers during the First World War – and relatives who have been ...

Free family history website FreeBMD celebrates 20 years of helping genealogy researchers

The much-loved FreeBMD website is turning 20 years old and its umbrella website Free UK Genealogy is inviting ...

Ancestors' treasures in the attic: project to create digital archive of WW1 artefacts

The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation has been awarded Heritage Lottery Funding towards an ambitious project ...