Department of History

Religion, Politics, and Exile in Early Modern England and Beyond

Lakeside Arts Centre
Thursday 6th January 2022 (13:00-14:00)


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A talk with David Gehring organised by Lakeside Arts as part of their exhibition and event series, Beyond the Mayflower.

Dr David Gehring of the University of Nottingham will provide a setting for understanding religious exile during the early modern period. The decision to leave one’s homeland was never taken lightly, but many sought religious freedom and liberty of conscience by making a home elsewhere. In this respect, the puritans of the Mayflower were continuing a tradition firmly identified with the Reformation but predating it by centuries.

David Gehring is an Assistant Professor in early modern British history. 

£3 entry, free for concessions. Book your ticket.

About the exhibition

Beyond the Mayflower is running 23 September - 16 January in the Weston Gallery at Lakeside Arts.

In 1620, a ship called the Mayflower sailed across the Atlantic. Amongst the passengers were a group of religious separatists, known as the ‘Pilgrims’, many of whom came from Nottinghamshire.

Beyond the Mayflower explores how we can understand these individuals by tracing the history of religious dissent, power and faith in Nottinghamshire from the seventeenth century. It looks at previous commemorations of the Mayflower story and the ways in which it has been interpreted over time. It also explores wider issues of immigration, emigration and colonialism using the archives held at the University of Nottingham.

This exhibition has been jointly curated by Manuscripts and Special Collections and Professor Ross Wilson, Director of Liberal Arts at the University of Nottingham,  with contributions by Dr Caleb Bailey and Rachel Carter. 

Department of History

University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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