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In 1620, a ship called the Mayflower sailed across the Atlantic. Amongst the passengers were a group of religious separatists, known as the ‘Pilgrims’, many of whom came from Nottinghamshire.
Beyond the Mayflower explores how we can understand these individuals by tracing the history of religious dissent, power and faith in Nottinghamshire from the seventeenth century. It looks at previous commemorations of the Mayflower story and the ways in which it has been interpreted over time. It also explores wider issues of immigration, emigration and colonialism using the archives held at the University of Nottingham.
This exhibition has been jointly curated by Manuscripts and Special Collections and Professor Ross Wilson, Director of Liberal Arts at the University of Nottingham, with contributions by Dr Caleb Bailey and Rachel Carter.
‘Exiled Nonconformists landing in America’, from Cassell's illustrated history of England Vol III. (c.1864). Ref: East Midlands Special Collection, Not 1.W8 HOW/W
Image displayed: ‘The Sailing of the Mayflower, Plymouth, Mass.’, Detroit Publishing Company postcards, 1898-1931, Postcard series number DPC# 8745. Wallach Division Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-a232-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99