Mayflower scholar – 2020

To mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower Pilgrims from England to America; Nottinghamshire and 10 other UK and Dutch destinations are working together to create national and regional programmes of events for 2019 and 2020 to commemorate an event of international significance.

As part of the Nottingham Roosevelt Memorial Travelling Scholarship and working with Nottinghamshire County Council, we are offering a unique opportunity in 2020 to conduct a Mayflower research project to the USA alongside your chosen project. It is anticipated that the successful scholar will explore the historic links between Nottinghamshire (an area to which many of the original pilgrims had close links) and the eastern seaboard to the United States, particular around New England.

By immersing themselves in the US communities, the scholar would explore and capture the attitudes of descendants and non-descendants on the impact and importance of the Pilgrims that settled in America, and significances of current and future relationship between the UK and America. This can be explored in terms of commerce, educational, heritage or even constitutional links – the scholar will be free to determine the medium and emphasis of their research – but the outcomes must be pertinent to the county and its Nottinghamshire pilgrims. Sympathetic engagement with the Native American Wampanoag tribe is expected to understand the wider impacts of the physical settlement of the Mayflower Pilgrims.

On returning home the Scholar will disseminate their research and insights through public lectures, showcasing: the different attitudes and interest in the relevance of the Pilgrims, the importance of the Mayflower and 1620 sailing, the links between the impact of the Pilgrims’ decision to go – as well as the impact of the decision to stay – overlaid by modern parallels in terms of current attitudes to religious tolerance, freedom, journeys and migration.

The Mayflower scholar will need to undertake additional research before their trip in order to be able to deliver the final presentations. This will include wider “Pilgrim Roots” links in the UK – which covers areas in South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire etc

In order to bring a fresh perspective to the Mayflower project we are looking for applicants who do not already have extensive knowledge of the Pilgrim Fathers and their legacy. We welcome applications from heritage professionals, journalists, story tellers and creative individuals who may choose this as their main project.

Summary of Mayflower2020 requirements…

Preparing for Scholarship…

  • Absorbing local history / knowledge of the Pilgrims (particularly those with close associations to Nottinghamshire and the wider Pilgrim Roots area).
  • Meeting with local historians to explore past and current attitudes to religious tolerance, freedom, journeys & migration.
  • Demonstrating (and developing) expertise in conducting, recording and capturing interviews and experiences.
  • Planning itinerary and routes – who will you see? When? Why? Outcomes?

During Scholarship…

  • Establish contact with key organisations and descendants of the people in New England / Eastern seaboard.
  • Immerse with and stay with New England / Eastern seaboard communities
  • Understand the impact of the Pilgrims from descendants and non-descendant viewpoint. (including sympathetic engagement with Wampanoag tribe)
  • Post and upload regular blogs, images and videos throughout the project to keep funders and scholarship updated.
  • Explore opportunities to build lasting link/relationship between USA contacts and Nottinghamshire.

After Scholarship…

  • Collate all research, insights and finding into report and presentations for distribution. Initial report expected within 3 weeks of returning.
  • Share initial findings with Roosevelt Trustees and Nottinghamshire County Council representatives.
  • Carry out a number of key presentations during 2020 / 2021 to share their knowledge and experience.

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