Exhibition: The voyages of Captain James Cook

This exhibition runs from Fri, 27th Apr 2018 to Tue, 28th Aug 2018. See all dates

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Cost: £14


It is 250 years since the Endeavour set sail from Plymouth.

This 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. Examine the expeditions that shaped Europe’s knowledge of the world and consider their far-reaching legacy.

See Cook’s handwritten journal detailing the first crossing of the Antarctic Circle, when they travelled further south than anyone in the world, stunning artwork including the earliest European depiction of a kangaroo, and intricate maps charting the voyages that spanned more than a decade. Learn about the experiences on board the Endeavour, Resolution and Discovery, and the impact of their arrival.

Drawings by the Polynesian high priest and navigator Tupaia, who accompanied Cook to New Zealand and Australia, will be displayed together for the first time. These will sit alongside works by expedition artists Sydney Parkinson, William Hodges and John Webber.


Contact and Booking Details

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No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


Location

The British Library,

96 Euston Road, London,
NW1 2DB

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