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Britain and the World 2020 Conference

Image Credit: Mayflower 400 UK.

Image Credit: Mayflower 400 UK.

Britain and the World returns to the UK in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s sailing!

17-19 June 2020

University of Plymouth 

The University of Plymouth can trace its heritage back to the Plymouth School of Navigation, which was founded in 1862. Renowned for high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation, the University is central to Plymouth both in physical location, and in its commitment to the city and wider region – a truly embedded element of the cultural landscape. 

Its home city has been a gateway to the Americas for centuries, ever since the Pilgrim Fathers left on board the Mayflower in 1620. With the 400th anniversary of their epic voyage next year, the University is playing an increasingly prominent role in exploring new opportunities that will ensure the spirit of discovery that carried them lives on.

Among our links to institutions in the United States is being the first UK university invited to join the Babson Collaborative, a global community working to build and grow entrepreneurship education, while we also hosted the 15th annual conference of the Transatlantic Studies Association in 2016.


The University is playing a key role in the wider city’s Mayflower 400 celebrations, which provide  an opportunity to reflect on Plymouth’s exceptional past, present and future. 

A rich culture and heritage programme has been developed by a national partnership, working closely with the US, the Netherlands, and the Wampanoag Advisory Committee, to commemorate the voyage in a meaningful way on both sides of the Atlantic.

These include Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy, a national commemorative exhibition presenting an epic journey of survival and imagination, curated with the help of over 100 museums, libraries and archives across the world. The Mayflower Ceremony will bring the four nations together on the anniversary of the Mayflower’s departure for a poignant civil ceremony and new heritage trails will journey through Plymouth’s past.

The year is bursting with local community activities, including the Mayflower Ocean Festival, the Mayflower Makers volunteer programme, the Community Sparks Fund investing in local organisations, and new cultural attractions including the opening of The Box, a new £45m+ cultural hub and museum in which the University is a key partner. 

Join the annual conference at the University of Plymouth and enjoy all that this city has to offer. The city is well connected with transport links, and has a range of accommodation options in close proximity to the venue to suit all budgets.

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Earlier Event: April 11
Britain and the World 2019 Conference