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Captain Cook 250th Anniversary Celebrations

By Published June 27, 2018

THE Captain Cook Birthplace Museum has dedicated its July events programme to the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s voyages on board the HM Bark Endeavour.

The Marton-born explorer discovered and charted New Zealand and the Great Barrier Reef during his travels around the globe in the 18th century.

The July events at the Cook Museum are commemorating Cook’s Endeavour voyage to the Pacific Ocean and are dedicated to school children, families and adult learners.

The first event is aimed at adults and will welcome taxidermist Adrian Johnston to the museum on Sunday, July 1.

The event will include a live demonstration of the taxidermist’s art followed by a talk about the popular 18thcentury preservation method.

The event is of great significance to Adrian. He said: “It’s great to be part of this commemoration and show off the variety of taxidermy on display at the museum.

“The event will demonstrate Cook’s skills when showing the people at home in Britain the wonders of the natural world.”

The first children’s event taking place is a flax weaving drop-in session with Deb Gillanders on Sunday, July 15, and will give attendees the chance to learn about the amazing plant and how it would have been used by Captain Cook.

Press gang! with the Historical Maritime Society will be using theatre to demonstrate what life aboard the HM Bark Endeavour would have been like with Captain Cook.

There will be cookery demonstrations, crew advice and object handling happening across Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, and 22.

Moving Turtles is an arts and crafts session with the chance to learn more about the creatures and make replicas to take home, on Tuesday, July 24.

The summer holiday fun continues on Thursday, July 26 with a Pirate Training Day.

Children can practise their pirate skills and take part in treasure hunts and arts and crafts.

On Tuesday, July 31, children will have a special opportunity to see a variety of creatures from around the world in the Animal Handling drop-in with Animal Story.

They’ll have a rare chance to learn more about the habitats and adaptations of some of creatures Cook would have encountered and how his journeys changed the way the world regarded animals.

Adrian Johnston added: “It has been 250 years since the start of Captain Cook’s voyages and this marked the start of an organised classification system through the systematic recording and collecting of plants and wildlife from around the world.”

  • For further information about the Cook 250 summer events in July, visit www.lovemiddlesbrough.com or call 01642 311211. 


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