The Making of Mayflower 400 DVD – Webinar

This webinar was streamed on the 11th November 2020, and presented by Adrian Moss (Managing Director of Focus and Research Lead / Director & Producer of the Mayflower 400 DVD), and introduced by Peter O’Sullivan (Former member of Mayflower 400 programme team and resident of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire). It was specifically aimed at a local area, Winchcombe, which had particular significance in the events that led up.

Adrian presented information from his three years of research, and how he and the Focus production team assembled and interviewed over forty historians, authors and experts in England, the USA and Holland. He examined what led to Henry VIII’s Reformation and the growth of Puritanism, why these ‘separatists’ fled England for Holland in 1608 and again, in 1620, to America. He also spoke about the role of the Merchants, the growth of the concept of a ‘company’ the ‘Mayflower Compact’ and the impact on the indigenous population. We will also point to links and relevance of the story to The Cotswolds.

Short sample from the webinar

Technical features of the webinar

Focus don’t just produce video and audio, they also work with live streaming and webinars. You can find out more about this on their website.

One of the biggest challenges was that the webinar was 1 hour long, and the subject is huge (over 6 hours on the triple DVD), so Adrian had a lot of work to do to make sure all the content didn’t over run… but luckily Adrian has plenty of experience from running a TV and Video production company!