The Mayflower Pageants, Memorials and Cocktails: Commemorating the Mayflower in Southampton


From the early days of fishing in Newfoundland, through early explorations funded by privateering and led by Humphrey Gilbert and Walter Raleigh, to the sailing of the Pilgrim Fathers and The Great Fleet. From witch trails in Salem to debtors shipped out to Georgia, for 250 years Hampshire and the port of Southampton was in the forefront of travel to the New World. Cheryl is an historian and writer, with a special interest in English merchants and exploration in the 16th Century. As trustee of ‘a space’ she has been the historical consultant for God’s House Tower. She has written several books on historic Southampton as well as the novel The Theatre of the World.

Talk delivered by Dr Cheryl Butler, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society