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 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.
It is 250 years since the Endeavour set sail from Plymouth. Our exhibition tells the story of Captain James Cook’s three world-changing voyages through original documents, many of which were produced by the artists, scientists and sailors on board the ships. Maps, artworks and journals from the voyages sit alongside newly-commissioned films offering contemporary perspectives.
A celebration of the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s first voyage will see chefs on Endeavour Wharf recreating some of the dishes that would have been eaten on board the ship from which it took its name. With a cargo of dry, salted beef, hardtack crackers and live goats, sheep and pigs, the vessel was a veritable Noah’s Ark …
James Cook learnt his trade as a seaman in Whitby where his famous vessel HM Bark Endeavour was built. Over the weekend of July 6-8, Whitby will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of the momentous first Pacific voyage of one of the world’s greatest explorers, and in doing so will kick start a series of nation-wide anniversary events.