Harwich and the Mayflower
Iconic ship the Mayflower was believed to have been built around 1600 in Harwich and was captained and part-owned by Harwich-born Christopher Jones, whose house still stands on King’s Head Street, near the waterfront.
The Mayflower 400™️ project has been created to leverage this opportunity, aligning 11 core destinations in England with wider local, national and international partners and over 20 million US citizens descended from the original Mayflower passengers.
It will deliver a world-class series of events, public art and wider content that will commemorate this exceptional voyage and provide a major ongoing impact across the partnership, knitting together communities, inspiring creativity and culture, driving economic growth, and promoting understanding and education.
Mayflower 400™️ will champion the values of freedom, faith and personal liberty that informed the original journey, and which continue to be articulated in the special relationship between the UK, US and Netherlands. At the same time, the commemoration will recognise the impact of the Mayflower’s journey on Native American communities, addressing themes of colonialism and migration to provide an accurate, inclusive account of the Mayflower’s legacy.
Together, we will draw inspiration from our past to steer our future – from now, through 2020, and for generations to come.