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Leiden history revisited with Leiden400 in 2020

Leiden400 in 2020

Leiden culture is highlighted in 2020 with Leiden400, as the year marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, a ship that transported a group of English separatists known as the ‘Pilgrims’.

Before the Pilgrims set sail to America and founded Plymouth Colony in 1620, they spent twelve years living, working and praying in Leiden, free from religious persecution by the English crown. Four centuries after this journey, America, England, the Native Nations and the Netherlands will organise an international, inclusive commemoration. It will highlight not only the story of the Pilgrims but the cultures and places they came into contact with as well.

Leiden400 is an intiative by Museum De Lakenhal, Pieterskerk Leiden, Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken and Leiden MarketingTogether with the city of Leiden and partners abroad, an extensive programme was developed based on cultural, scientific, educational, heritage(tourism) and social perspectives, in order to contribute to mutual understanding and critical reflection and to inspire future generations. LeidenGlobal and its partners activities will be linked to Leiden400 as well.