Commemorations

 

Many plans are being drawn up around the world to commemorate Cook’s voyages of Pacific exploration, and his encounters with the indigenous peoples he encountered.

Click on the name of the country for further information about what is being planned in Australia and New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

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Australia

Mallacoota, Victoria
The Restoring Cook’s Legacy Project 2020 invites you to join us for the weekend of 25/26 August 2018 at Mallacoota, East Gippsland, to commemorate Cook’s departure from Plymouth, and to see and learn more about Australia’s Ram Head, a remarkably overlooked point.  
On Saturday afternoon, courtesy of U3A Mallacoota, there will be an illustrated talk ‘Lt James Cook on the coast of Victoria – a comedy of errors’ which will explain why today’s Point Hicks is not what Cook named, and why today’s Rame Head is not Cook’s Ram Head, as is popularly supposed.
On Sunday you will get to see remote Little Rame Head (Cook’s Ram Head) at a distance, and there will also be a walk to stand on the ‘round hillick’.  This is a really beautiful coastal walk of 12kms for the round trip, and one well worth the effort.  Fabulous views on the way and at Ram Head, plus prolific wildflowers and the chance of seeing the rare Ground Parrot.  You will join an elite group of people who have stood on this remote ‘hillick’ and been aware of its importance in Australia’s maritime history.  Subject to sufficient interest there is also the possibility of a boat trip to see Cook’s Ram Head from the sea as Cook saw it.
Trevor Lipscombe, an amateur maritime historian who has had several articles published about Cook on this coast, will present the talk and lead the walk (no charge).  Trevor is one of very few people to have stood on the ‘hillick’ at both Ram Head, UK, and Ram Head, Victoria.  He is Project Manager of Restoring Cook’s Legacy 2020, a project of Australia on the Map, the history and heritage Division of the Australasian Hydrographic Society, and a member of the Captain Cook Society.
Please register your interest now with Trevor at restoringcookslegacy2020@gmail.com to receive more information as it becomes available.

 

Kamay, Botany Bay
A redevelopment of the Kamay Botany Bay National Park has been proposed..

 

Sydney
The Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) and Sydney Heritage Fleet are working with the NSW State Government to create a new Maritime Heritage Precinct along the ANMM’s Darling Harbour waterfront.  The aim is to bring together the vessels of both museums and thereby create one of the largest presentations in the world of operational historic vessels.  This major project involves construction of new wharves and associa­ted infrastructure.  The aim is to have the new Precinct operational for the 2020 celebrations.

Australis 2020 is the name for a major International Garden Expo to be staged in Sydney at the Olympic Park.  The event is being staged to commemorate the finding by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander of Australian flora in 1770 in Endeavour.  For more information visit http://australis2020.com

 

Cooktown, Queensland
In 2020 the usual annual festival will be running from 17 June to 4 August, a total of 48 days, reflecting the time that Cook spent ashore there in 1770.  The Endeavour replica will be visiting from 17 to 21 June.  For more details of this extensive festival visit www.cooktown2020.com

 

Childers, Queensland
On 22 August, 1970, the Captain Cook Cairn was erected by the citizens of the Isis District to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Cook’s arrival.  The Cairn, which is situated in Millennium Park, Childers, houses a time capsule that is scheduled to be opened in 2020.

New Zealand

Four trusts have been established to fund and promote commemorative events in those areas visited by Endeavour.  The trusts have their own websites (see below), which are worth exploring, as their details of those events commemorating Captain Cook are not always immediately apparent.
The Endeavour replica currently in Sydney will be visiting New Zealand, and will call at the main sites of Cook’s visit to coincide with local events.  In addition she will make courtesy visits to Auckland and Wellington.  

 

Gisborne
The country’s main commemorative events take place at Gisborne, where Cook first came ashore in October 1769.  Events are being coordinated by the Te Hā 1769 Sestercentennial Trust which has a website with lots of details of events at www.teha2019.co.nz

 

Mercury Bay
Endeavour replica will be anchored in Mercury Bay, 21-28 October.  Events are being coordinated by the Mercury Bay 250 Trust. Check their website online at www.thecoromandel.com/activities/our-heritage/cooks-journey/

Local activities include:

§ A welcome powhiri with hangi and re-enactment is planned by local Ngati Hei Maori at their main marae at Wharekaho during the week.  CCS member Brian Pilkington will be playing the role of Captain Cook.

§ The Mercury Bay Museum is planning a significant “voyaging” and Cook exhibition.  In conjunction with the Museum, specialist CCS members are planning a small series of historical talks at lunchtimes and evenings over the summer months.  The Museum is also hoping to participate with New Zealand’s National Museum Te Papa in a “pop up” museum on exploration and voyaging topics.

§ The Mercury Bay School will close for the Endeavour week with pupils, parents and staff involved in various different activities from heritage tours to water sports, nature and conservation tours and special ecological projects.

§ New Zealand’s Department of Education is developing specific curriculum subjects on the dual heritage and navigation themes and history for the New Zealand main NCEA qualifications.

§ The Royal NZ Astronomical Society is planning a Transit of Mercury event at Cook’s Beach.

§ Mercury Bay Trust is organising various activities including street art, lighting festivals, music and art events.  A marine art exhibition is also likely over the summer period including works by CCS members and artists Paul Deacon and Alan Sanders.

§ Opening of a Cook Heritage Trail at Cook’s Beach, including an Endeavour Buoy, a Transit of Mercury cairn upgrade, and paths to the flag site, water barrel stream, and the recently discovered giant Cook pohutukawa tree, all with new and appropriate heritage signage. 

 

Bay of Ilslands
In November the focus for the commemorative events is the Bay of Islands, and the Endeavour replica will sail up the coast to this location.  Events here are being coordinated by the Te Au Mārie 1769 Sestercentennial Charitable Trust, which has a website at http://teaumarie1769.org.nz

Marlborough, Queen Charlotte Sound
Plans are still being formulated for the Marlborough area, with the public submitting suggestions for commemorative events to be held in January 2020, when the Endeavour replica visits.  The Totaranui 250 Trust is coordinating events in this area.  Its website is www.totaranui250.co.nz .

 

United Kingdom

13 February, 2018, Portsmouth
“The strange after-lives of Captain Cook” is the title of a lecture arranged by the Portsmouth Branch of the Historical Association.  This presentation is by CCS member Dr John McAleer, of the University of Southampton.  It will take place at 7pm at The Park Building, University of Ports-mouth.  The entrance fee is £1 to non-members of the Historical Association.
There is more information at www.history.org.uk/events/calendar/5075/the-strange-afterlives-of-captain-cook

 

April to October, 2018, Whitby
The Captain Cook Memorial Museum is famous for its thematic summer exhibitions.  
This year’s display will be entitled “Cook 250: Whitby in the Time of Cook”.  The exhibition will feature aspects of Whitby as it was in the 18th century when the young James Cook was apprenticed to Captain John Walker.  The town rapidly grew in prosperity as it became one of the major shipbuilding centres in Britain.  What was Cook taught as an apprentice and what did he learn during his years at Whitby?  There will also be a look at early European ideas about Australia, through events and activities relating to George Stubbs’s painting of a dingo.  A replica of this famous painting (which is too fragile to travel) is being loaned by the National Maritime Museum. 
Look at http://www.cookmuseumwhitby.co.uk/whats-on/2018-exhibition

 

27 April to 28 August, 2018, London
The British Library has an exhibition called “James Cook: The Voyages”.  
The display in the main area will have documents from the library’s own collection covering all three of Cook’s voyages.  On display will be original journals, maps and drawings.
One of the paintings is this one by Alexander Buchan, when Endeavour was at Tierra del Fuego.

Booking and pricing details for visiting the exhibition at https://www.bl.uk/events/james-cook-the-voyages

 

3 May to 5 July, 2018, London
The British Library will host several lectures, talks and panel discussions to complement it exhibition called “James Cook: The Voyages”.   

Date Time Title Speakers Link
Thu.  3 May 19:00 - 20:30 The Voyages of James Cook Nicholas Thomas
Fri. 18 May 19:15 - 20:30 The Death of Captain Cook Panel discussion with
Vanessa Collingridge,
Ruth Scobie and
Steven Hooper
Mon. 11 June 13:00 - 14:00 Curators' Talk about the exhibition Laura Walker and
William Frame
Mon. 11 June 14.45 – 16.15 East Coast Encounters A documentary film
Tue. 12 June 19:00 - 20:30 Travelling Worlds Anne Salmond
Fri. 15 June 19:15 - 20:30 Legacies and Controversies Panel discussion with
Anne Salmond,
Ahilapalapa Rands and
Selina Tusitala Marsh
Thu.  5 July 19:00 - 20:30 Sea Life in Cook’s Time Andrew Lambert
Mon. 16 July 19:15 - 20:30 Sex, Botany and Empire Patricia Fara
Tue. 17 July 19:00 - 20:45 Tupaia's Endeavour A documentary film

 

 

12 May, 2018, Plymouth
A walk in Plymouth, starting at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, to discover more about Captain Cook’s voyages, including how they formed the foundations of the massively successful Star Trek television series and movies, and a few Government secrets!
The walk lasts two hours.
Booking is advised via dramaticresultsgroup@gmail.com
For costs and timings see https://historyfestival2018.wordpress.com/tours-and-guided-walks/

 

26 May, 2018, Great Ayton
A 6.5 miles walk in Cook's boyhood footsteps from Great Ayton to Roseberry Topping via Little Ayton and Easby Moor.
For costs and timings see http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting/enjoy-outdoors/walking/walking-festival

 

2 June, 2018, Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Marton
A talk by Phil Philo called "Fitted for a Foreign Voyage".
From 11:00 am until 12:30 pm.
£3 per person, including light refreshments.
The story of the 28 weeks leading up to the start of Cook's Endeavour voyage, from the Royal Society's proposal and application to the King for support, through to the purchase of a ship, its fitting out and supply, and the appointment of its crew.
For more information visit http://www.lovemiddlesbrough.com/whats-on/event/7703/fitted-for-a-foreign-voyage-with-phil-philo

 

7 June, 2018, London
Laura Walker, one of the curators of the British Library's exhibition "James Cook: The Voyages" will give a talk about the on the process of creating the exhibition as well as on key exhibits and loans.
The talk will begin at 5:30 pm at the London Metropolitan Archives, Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB.
Booking is essential
For costs and more informaiton see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/james-cook-the-voyages-tickets-45799267843

 

13 June, 2018, Okehampton, Devon
A talk by Peter Warwick entitled To the far side of the world: Captain James Cook RN and the age of enlightenment
is being hosted by the Dartmoor Arts Society.
The meeting will be held at 10.00am for 10.30am, at The Charter Hall, Market Street, Okehampton, Devon EX20 1HN.
For more information visit http://www.dartmoor-dfas.org.uk/programme2018.php

 

23 June, 2018, Liverpool
Steve Ragnall will be talking at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool.
At 2pm, in the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building, he will consider the roles of James Cook (captain of Endeavour) and Robert Molyneux (master of Endeavour).
See http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/events/displayevent.aspx?eventid=36828

 

6-8 July, 2018, Whitby
A weekend festival to celebrate Captain Cook and his voyages includes
Tall Ships
Cooking Demonstrations - possibly, the 18th century way
Captain Cook Trail around the town
Heritage Plays
Sea Shanty Music
For more information go to https://www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com/whitby/cook250.aspx

 

1 August, 2018, Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Marton
A talk by Steve Ragnall called "Remembering the Great Departure".
From 11:00 am until 12:00 pm.
£3 per person, including light refreshments.
An insight as to what it would have been like on board Endeavour this time 250 years ago.
For more information visit http://www.lovemiddlesbrough.com/whats-on/event/7705/remembering-the-great-departure-with-steve-ragnall-from-the-captain-cook-society

 

16 August, 2018. Stamp issue
The Royal Mail will issue six stamps and a miniature sheet (containing four more stamps) to commemorate the Endeavour Voyage. 

 

6-29 September, 2018, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge
An exhibition about the work of the natural historians Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander who sailed in Endeavour, collecting, describing and classifing over
1400 species previously unknown to European natural history.
Free.
For more information visit http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/plan-your-visit/whats/age-discoveries-250-years-endeavour-voyage-pacific

 

8 September, 2018, Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Marton
A talk by Phil Philo called "Crossing the Line: the first stage of the Endeavour voyage (1768-69)".
From 11:00 am until 12:30 pm.
£3 per person, including light refreshments.
The story of the first part of Cook's Endeavour voyage
In early September 1768 Endeavour made its first stop at Madeira. She then called at Rio de Janiero (Brazil) and at Tierra del Fuego (at the southern part of South America) before reaching the island of Taihiti (in the Pacific Ocean), in readiness for the important observation of the Transit of Venus.
For more information visit http://www.lovemiddlesbrough.com/whats-on/event/7706/crossing-the-line-the-first-stage-of-the-endeavour-voyage-1768-69-with-phil-philo

 

20 September 2018, onwards, Greenwich, London.
The National Maritime Museum opens four new “Exploration and Encounters” galleries.  
Developed at a cost of £12.6 million, one gallery is devoted to Pacific Encounters, and another to Polar regions. 
Entrance is free.
For further information visit https://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/four-new-galleries

 

22nd – 29th September, 2018, Liverpool
The Merseyside Embroiderers' Guild will hold a major embroidery and textile exhibition in Liverpool Cathedral, St James Mount, Liverpool L1 7AZ.
The theme is Endeavour.
There is lots of information about their activities at http://www.megonline.co.uk/endeavour-exhibition-2018-2/

 

27 September, 2018, London
The Royal Academy of Arts, London, is hosting a one-day Oceania Symposium to explore the power and diversity of Oceanic art, and the politics of its circulation, interpretation and curation today.
The cost of attending the symposium also includes exclusive access to the exhibition before it opens!
For speakers, costs and other information visit
https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/oceania-symposium

 

29 September to 10 December, 2018, London
An exhibition entitled “Oceania” will be staged at the Royal Academy in London.  It will feature ethnographic items from the South Pacific Region, including some brought back by Cook and others from his three voyages.  Amongst the objects on display will be canoes, clothing, and carvings in wood and stone, all kindly provided by museums in the UK and across Europe.  The exhibition will also include some items by contemporary artists working in the Pacific region, such as Lisa Reihana’s panoramic video work, previously shown at the Venice Biennale.  As well as marking the 250th anniversary of the start of Cook’s First Voyage, the exhibition also commemorates the founding of the Royal Academy in 1768. 
Booking and pricing details at www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/oceania

 

19 October, 2018, London
Geoff Quilly is giving a talk about "Captain Cook's Artists" at The Royal Academy of Arts, London.
He will examine the impact of Cook’s voyages on British art, and how the artists invited on the voyages shaped the West’s visualisation of the Pacific.
Time:  11am — 12pm
Location: The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts
Cost: £10, £6 concessions
For more information, and to book, visit
https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/captain-cook-artists

 

24 October, 2018, Royal Geographical Society, London
Alasdair MacLeod re-traces Cook’s Second Voyage (to the Pacific and Antarctic) and looks at other Pacific explorers through the portal of the Society’s Collections.
Starts at 7:30 pm.
£25 per person, including light buffet and wine reception.
For more information visit https://www.rgs.org/events/hunting-for-the-southern-continent/

 

26 October, 2018, Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Marton
A talk by Jean Shaftoe called "Joseph Banks and his role on the Endeavour".
From 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm.
£3 per person, including light refreshments.
Joseph Banks was only 25 years old when he joined Endeavour as the botanist. He quickly became an invaluable member of the crew because of his ability to develop friendly relations with the islanders. He developed a mutual trust through his openness, natural curiosity and fascination with their customs and way of life. Find out more about Banks and his experiences.
For more information visit http://www.lovemiddlesbrough.com/whats-on/event/7707/joseph-banks-and-his-role-on-the-endeavour-with-jean-shaftoe-of-the-joseph-banks-society

 

29 November, 2018, Warburg Institute, London
A talk by Dr Vanessa Collingridge called "It’s All Fake News! James Cook and the Death of the Great Southern Continent (1760–1777)".
Starting at 5:00 pm.
Free to everyone.
For more information visit https://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html

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