Mayflower: Faith and Freedom Conference - POSTPONED

Worcester Cathedral was marking the 400th anniversary of the voyage of The Mayflower sailing to America and also the life of Pilgrim Father Edward Winslow, with the UK’s Mayflower Faith and Freedom two day conference.

Sadly they have had to cancel the conference due to the coronavirus.  They hope to reschedule another conference at a later date.

The Mayflower: Faith and Freedom Conference will be held at Worcester Cathedral and The King’s School theatre on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 April 2020.

This one-off conference includes a fantastic line up of expert speakers including Darren Oldridge, Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Worcester and Prof. Ann Hughes, Keele University, specialising in the English Civil War. Rebecca Fraser and Nick Bunker will be sharing insights and gems they uncovered while researching the Pilgrims and the Winslows for their books. We are also excited to announce Paula Peters as a speaker who is a member of the Wampanoag Nation and Independent Wampanoag history scholar, who sits on the advisory committee helping shape the British commemoration.

Presentation topics

The themes covered across the two days will include:

  • The Mayflower Pilgrims’ story
  • The Mayflower generation: The Winslow family and the fight for the ‘New World’
  • Who were the Pilgrims?
  • Politics and social life in early Stuart England
  • The lost world of the Pilgrims
  • The experience of women in England and America in the 1600s
  • A critical backstory to colonization: The cultural impact of the emigrants on the indigenous Wampanoag community.

Three guided tours

Attendees of the Mayflower: Faith and Freedom Conference, will have the opportunity to have a tour of the library. Worcester Cathedral Library was once a location of the school room, where Pilgrim Father Edward Winslow attended 1601-1611, and now houses one of the countries most important collections of medieval books, manuscripts and music. There will be the chance to see rare documents such as the 17th Century register listing Edward Winslow’s admission to King’s School, a French map of America and French royal atlas from the same period, Purchas’ Pilgrims stories of the early settlers in America, including accounts by Edward Winslow and a variety of other interesting documents and books related to Edward Winslow and his connections. Also included is a Tudor and Stuart tour and highlights of the historic Cathedral.

What is included?

In addition to the presentations and tours, the conference package also includes:

  • A drinks reception on the evening of 17 April, held in the dramatic setting of the Cathedral’s Nave Crossing
  • Tea and coffee during the break sessions
  • Light lunch on both days of the conference in the early 12th century round Chapter House, off the Cathedral Cloister

Cost of the Conference

Tickets for the two-day conference cost £186.00 per person, including VAT.
The conference finale is a dinner on the evening of 18 April. Click here to see the conference dinner menu. The dinner is an extra charge of £35.00 including VAT.

How do I book?

To book a place at the conference download the booking form here, complete and return with full payment by Friday 3 April 2020, to or post the form to the Operational Manager, Worcester Cathedral, Chapter Office, 8 College Yard, Worcester, WR1 2LA. Include a stamped addressed envelope, or add 50p to the ticket price, to receive your tickets by post.

Payment can be made either by BACS, by cheque (made payable to Worcester Cathedral) or by credit card in the Cathedral shop (in person only). Full details are on the booking form, including options to attend for just one of the days.

Further information

For details of the full programme and further information on the conference please click here.

*Please note that the library has no disabled access and is accessed via a steep spiral staircase.