30 April 2019 Mayflower 400 Legend & Legacy

Lecture by Jo Loosemoore

Doors open at 10.45 am and the lecture will start at 11.30 am or earlier if we are full. Coffee is served from 10.45 am. Soup with Crusty Bread or Ploughman’s Lunch is served after the lecture. These talks are popular, so please arrive in good time.

Radio maker, history finder, theatre lover, Jo Loosemoore is a broadcaster, curator and actor. For the BBC she has created radio dramas, documentaries and live programmes. These have included World War One at Home (in partnership with the Imperial War Museums) for network and local radio, regional television and online.

From Brazil to the Battlefield, the story of Exeter’s fighting footballers was broadcast on BBC 5 Live and a series of features appeared on BBC Radio 4 and 4Extra. Jo has also produced the Listening Project’s national tour for BBC Radio 4, BBC Scotland, BBC Wales and BBC local radio in partnership with the British Library, contributing the 1,000th conversation to the national collection. Having created the city’s oral history archive and co-curated Plymouth’s largest social history exhibition (Tales from the City) she is now curator of Mayflower 400 : Legend and Legacy – the national commemorative exhibition for 2020 in The Box, Plymouth’s new History Centre.

The lecture covers an epic journey of survival, imagination and 400 years of America. With objects, images and ideas coming from museums, libraries and archives across the UK, USA and The Netherlands, find out how The Box, Plymouth will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. Curator Jo Loosemore will reveal the partnership’s changing perceptions of the ship, its passengers and an Atlantic journey made 400 years ago.