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Plymouth Museum On Tour, 22 August 2018: Cook 250

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.

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Royal Mint Issues First of Three Official UK £2 James Cook Coins

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.

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Cook 250 Whitby & Staithes Festival

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.

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British Library Launches “James Cook: The Voyages”

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.

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Chefs Recreate Captain Cook’s Meals

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 ...

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Whitby Planning Captain Cook 250 Festival

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.

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Liverpool’s Connection to Cook’s 1st Pacific Voyage

For those living in or visiting North West England in June 2018, save Saturday the 23rd for a fascinating presentation on Liverpool's connection to James Cook's 1st Pacific Voyage. Maritime historian and Captain Cook Society member Steve Ragnall will give a free presentation entitled 'The Master of Endeavour - Liverpool and Captain Cook' at 2pm at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

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Royal Academy of Arts ‘Oceania’ Exhibit

Marking 250 years since Cook’s voyage to the South Pacific, the Royal Academy of Arts will celebrate the dazzling and diverse art of the region of Oceania, from the historic to the contemporary. Through more than 250 compelling works ranging from shell, greenstone and ceramic ornaments, to huge canoes and dazzling house facades, ...

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British Library’s Cook: The Voyages Exhibit

The British Library holds one the most extensive and compelling collections of original documents and works of art from James Cook’s voyages. This landmark exhibition, which is timed to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the first Cook voyage to leave England, will be a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to see the collection on display.

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Blast’s Endeavour Project

2018 will mark the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s epic voyage in command of HM bark Endeavour. It will also be the year in which Royal Museums Greenwich complete their programme of new galleries and major improvements, which Blast creative design consultancy produced a promotional campaign for.

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New Voyage for HM Bark Endeavour

The replica of one of the most famous ships in the history of maritime exploration is being prepared for a new voyage along the North York Moors coast to Whitby. In August a partnership led by Whitby businessman Andrew Fiddler purchased HM Bark Endeavour, one of only two full-scale replicas in the world ...

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Royal Museums Launch ‘Endeavour Galleries’

In 2018 the National Maritime Museum will open its new ‘Endeavour Galleries’, allowing the Museum to take a lead role in Cook 250 – the commemoration of Lieutenant James Cook’s 1768 departure down the River Thames in HM Bark 'Endeavour' on the first of his three voyages of exploration to the Pacific.

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