Sotheby’s upcoming sale, Royal & Noble on 17 January , features two remarkable relics from the voyages of Captain Cook. Two Tahitian adze blades at first glance, seem quite ordinary, but reveal a remarkable history intertwined with the historical voyages made by Cook. Through the two documents accompanying the stones, we know that the present blades were used in the construction of a canoe for Cook while he was on the Island of Tahiti in 1769.
250 years ago, James Cook left England on the first of three expeditions to the Pacific Ocean. A skillful navigator, he visited many places new to Europeans and his voyage accounts were widely read and celebrated. Today, his legacy is sometimes debated. In the Pacific, Islanders continue to remember the encounters that occurred, re-imagining them in artworks which reflect on their impact. This exhibition at the British Museum runs 29 November 2018 to 4 August 2019.
If you regularly follow our blog or attend our events you’ll know that this week, 26 August to be precise, marks 250 years since Captain James Cook set sail from Plymouth on board the Endeavour on a voyage of exploration (1768-1771). His mission was two-fold: to record the 1769 Transit of Venus from Tahiti, which would help calculate the distance of the earth from the sun, and to search for a mysterious southern landmass that everyone was so curious about.
To mark the 250th anniversary since the greatest voyage of all time, Royal Mail has released a series of intricate stamps – and they’re a collectors’ dream. A new collection of limited edition stamps have been released to mark the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook setting sail on one of the greatest voyages of discovery of all time. Launched by the Royal Mail, the 10 designs each feature drawings, paintings and landscapes captured with nearly 100 men including astronomers, artists and scientists on board HM Bark Endeavour.
To mark the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s most famous voyage, we are delighted to announce a new Captain Cook adventure! To mark the moment HM Bark Endeavour set sail in 1768, we have issued the first of three official UK £2 coins to be released over three years, charting the progress and unlocking the secrets of Cook’s epic voyage of discovery along the way.
Marking the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s first expedition to the South Seas, the Yorkshire towns of Whitby and Staithes will be hosting a weekend of merriments from July 6 to 8, and everyone’s on the crew! Learn how Whitby shaped James Cooks love of the sea sending him off with success in his sights with him and his crew making a true voyage of discovery.