Picture of 3 dancers performing The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 in Southampton

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 travels to Nottinghamshire!

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The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 tells the story of the passengers aboard the Mayflower when it made its historic journey from England to America in 1620, many of whom were originally from Lincolnshire, North Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. In the piece, three tour guide characters will lead you on a journey through history, using movement, text and music to explore what it was really like for those passengers, their determination, and the extraordinary things it made them do.

We’re really pleased to be returning to the Pilgrim Roots area from August onwards after successful performances in Gainsborough earlier in the year.

I thought it was fabulous, really moving. Unique, engaging, thought-provoking

Audience member, 2019

Dancers performing The Imagination Museum at Gainsborough United Reformed Church
The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400; photographer Steve Hatton; performers Sarah Blanc, Megan Griffiths, Lucy Starkey
Dancers performing at St Swithun's Church, Retford

What people have enjoyed about the work so far is the way it provides an introduction to the story of the Mayflower, and particularly to the stories of the individuals on board that ship and what it must have been like for them to leave everything they knew behind.

The people who have seen the work have described feeling very moved by this personal perspective on the story, and have shared with us their own stories about what they have taken when travelling on significant journeys in their lives.

You can catch The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 again on:

Saturday 31st August
Bassetlaw Museum, 40 Grove Street, Retford, DN22 6LD

11.30, 1 and 3pm

Free to attend, but donations welcome; no tickets needed – just turn up on the day

Saturday 19th October
National Civil War Centre, 14 Appleton Gate, Newark, NG24 1JY

11, 1 and 3pm

Free to attend but donations welcome; free tickets must be reserved in advance via the museum box office (we will share a direct link nearer the time of the performance)

Plus, join the company after the performances for a free tea and coffee and craft activities for children and families led by Ruth from Curiosity Creators.

We will also be bringing a very special performance of The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 to All Saints’ Church in Babworth on the 7th November, the place where Richard Clyfton first preached to a Separatist congregation seeking a safe place to worship in the way they wanted to, at a time when to defy the Church of England in this way was seen to be an act of treason.

Thursday 7th November
All Saints’ Church, Babworth, Babworth Rd, Retford DN22 8EP

Performance at 7pm
Free to attend, but donations welcome; no tickets needed – just turn up on the day

All performances will last about 40 minutes and are suitable for all ages.

enjoyable, different, innovative

Audience member, 2019

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project is produced by Made By Katie Green , supported financially using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as part of the Strategic Touring programme, Hampshire Cultural Trust, The Box, West Lindsey, Plymouth, Nottinghamshire and Bassetlaw District Councils (including a contribution of Divisional Funding from Cllr Mike Quigley MBE and Cllr Susan Shaw) and the Surf the Wave programme, and also delivered in partnership with the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, Transported, The Point, Plymouth Dance and Plymouth Culture.

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A series of playful, imaginative and moving dance performances and workshops, from multi award-winning choreographer Katie Green, come to Gainsborough in May. The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 is about determination and the extraordinary things that it makes ordinary people do, and is part of a three-year project leading up to the 2020 anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.