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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.

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Cooktown, Queensland
According to an article in the Cairns Post in December 2014, Cook Shire Council has announced that it has already started planning the 250th anniversary celebrations.  There will be a six-week-long party in 2020, with lots of celebrations and events to mark the day that James Cook landed at Endeavour River in 1770.  The Council plans to coordinate the events, which are hoped to include a royal visit, and the opening of a new exhibition centre to showcase Cook’s time there, and his interaction with indigenous people.  

Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott said: “The 2020 events are so significant for Cooktown, where Cook spent more time than anywhere else in Australia, and where he had the best relations with indigenous people.”  The Cairns Post article also states that “The Australian National Maritime Museum intends to re-enact Cook’s voyage, with the HMB Endeavour Replica sailing from Whitby in England, including a visit to Cooktown.”  However, it is the only online article to report this voyage.


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

Events will be centred on October 2019, which marks the 250th anniversary of Cook’s meeting local Maori.  In addition to a visit by the Endeavour replica, Gisborne will be visited by Polynesian voyaging canoes, waka, ships from the navies of several countries, as well as some Tall Ships.  Plans are also being made to host a conference devoted to International Ocean Sustainability.  It is rumoured that members of the British Royal Family will be attending the anniversary, together with the Governor-General of NZ, and dignitaries from around the world.


Mercury Bay
The following month, the spotlight will focus on Mercury Bay to coincide with the anniversary of Cook’s visit there.  The Endeavour replica will be in the Bay for a week or so.  Events are being arranged by the Mercury Bay 250th Anniversary Trust, which has a comprehensive website.2  


Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound (Totaranui)
Marlborough District Council has approved an annual grant of $100,000 for three years to fund the Totaranui 250 Trust’s aims, one of which is to commemorate the first meeting of the Maori and European people in Queen Charlotte Sound.  Events are still at the planning stage, but the Endeavour replica is expected to visit Ship Cove around Christmas 2019 and the New Year.


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


27 April to 28 August, 2018, London
The British Library will stage 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.  There are expected to be over 100 documents.
Booking and pricing details 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
Nicholas Thomas
Thu.  5 July 19:00 - 20:30 Sea Life in Cook’s Time Andrew Lambert



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


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, he will consider the roles of James Cook (captain of Endeavour) and Robert Molyneux (master of Endeavour).
See http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/


June 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


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


16 August, 2018. Stamp issue
The Royal Mail will issue some stamps on the theme of “Captain Cook’s Voyages”.  


September 2018, onwards, Greenwich, London.
The National Maritime Museum is scheduled to open its new “Exploration” galleries in September (previously August) to commemorate the start of Cook’s First Voyage of exploration.  Developed at a cost of £12.6 million, one gallery is devoted to the Pacific, and another to Polar regions.  The formal opening date of these galleries is awaited


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/


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


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