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The Pilgrim Story – Neil Wright Talk
September 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm£5
As we open our new Pilgrim exhibitions and hold a day of activities at Boston Guildhall Museum, Neil will be joining us to share the history and the story of this group of separatists who looked to escape England. Their first attempt being in 1607 from Scotia Creek, just outside of Boston, where they were brought back in to the town and held here in the cells for 30 days, before being released. 2020 marks the 400th Anniversary of their escape to America.
Neil will also talk about the events of the Puritans who in 1630 escaped Boston and England and headed over to America, again for religious freedom.
“399 years ago the Pilgrims founded the first permanent British settlement in North America. Their first attempt to leave England had been made from Boston, and was unsuccessful, but in 1630 a group of Puritans, dominated by men from our town, founded a new Boston in Massachusetts. For the first 60 years, until the Crown started appointing Royal Governors, the colonists of Massachusetts Bay chose their own Governor and most years it was someone from the original Boston. This talk will describe what each Boston was like at that time, the different ambitions of those two groups, and why Boston rather than Plymouth became the capital of Massachusetts.”
Tickets are £5 per person, payable on admission and include a complimentary cup of tea or coffee. Seats should be taken from 12:30pm in readiness for the talk at 1pm.