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.
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 …