New major exhibition marks 250 years since James Cook’s ship Endeavour set sail from Plymouth
Featuring original maps, artworks and journals alongside contemporary films, the exhibition allows visitors to follow the course of his voyages
Accompanying website and events programme further explore the different perspectives and competing narratives surrounding the voyages
Marking 250 years since James Cook’s ship Endeavour set sail from Plymouth, James Cook: The Voyages (27 April to 28 August 2018) explores Cook’s three world-changing voyages through stunning artworks, original maps and handwritten journals.
From iconic depictions of people and landscapes by expedition artists Sydney Parkinson, John Webber and William Hodges to an evocative collection of drawings by Polynesian high priest and navigator Tupaia, which are going on display together for the first time, James Cook: The Voyages will take visitors on a journey of discovery, from the Pacific Ocean to the Antarctic.
The exhibition will chart Cook’s three voyages, from the Endeavour setting sail from Plymouth in 1768 to the Resolution and Discovery returning to Britain in 1780 after Cook’s death in Hawaii. It will explore different perspectives on the voyages, from those on board the ships to those who saw them arrive on their shores, and will consider their legacy and relevance today.
Tahitian Scene by Tupaia (c) British Library Board
Exhibition highlights include:
Paintings depicting Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia by the Polynesian high priest and navigator Tupaia, which are going on display as a group for the first time
The first chart of New Zealand by James Cook
The first artworks depicting the Antarctic by William Hodges on loan from the State Library of New South Wales, which will be reunited with James Cook’s handwritten journal entry describing the first crossing of the Antarctic Circle, for the first time in 100 years
Specimens from the first voyage, including the mouth parts of a squid, on loan from the Royal College of Surgeons
Expedition artist John Webber’s watercolour landscapes, including the first European illustrations of Hawai’i
Jewellery and musical instruments, including a necklace from Tierra del Fuego, ceremonial rattle from Nootka Sound (Vancouver Island) and bamboo flute from Tahiti, on loan from Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge
Natural history drawings, including the first European depiction of a kangaroo by Sydney Parkinson on loan from the Natural History Museum
The British Library holds pre-eminent collections from the voyages, including many original maps, artwork and journals produced on board ship, which will be displayed alongside films exploring contemporary views on Cook’s legacy in Australia, New Zealand and other places visited by the expeditions. Contemporary perspectives on the voyages, including people from the Pacific communities Cook visited, will also be explored through the Library’s accompanying web space (www.bl.uk/the-voyages-of-captain-james-cook) and public events programme.
William Frame, co-curator of James Cook: The Voyages at the British Library, said:
‘The British Library holds many iconic artworks, charts and handwritten journals from James Cook’s voyages and the exhibition displays the most famous of these together, alongside key loans, for the first time in a generation. Through the exhibition and accompanying public programme visitors will be able to consider different perspectives on the voyages and to reflect on their meaning today.’
Laura Walker, co-curator of James Cook: The Voyages at the British Library, said:
‘In the exhibition, visitors will be able to follow the course of each voyage through eyewitness accounts, hand-drawn charts and stunning artwork created on board ship. Alongside these sources, recently commissioned films allow visitors to consider contemporary perspectives on the voyages and to examine their legacy, much of which remains highly contested today.’
The accompanying web space, which will be added to throughout the exhibition run, hosts a range of newly digitised collection items, audio-visual content and articles by academics, artists, journalists and community historians who present their views and responses to the Library’s exhibition and collections.
The British Library will also be hosting a series of photographs by Crystal Te Moananui-Squares, which present a contemporary encounter with Pacific communities in the United Kingdom as a creative response to the exhibition. The free display, entitled Tūhuratanga – Voyages of Discovery, will be located in the Library’s Second Floor Gallery from 6 July to 23 September 2018.
From the Independent Cinema Let’s go to the seaside! Travel round our gorgeous, varied coast, filmed throughout the 20th century from 1901 to 1978, in our fourth programme from Britain on Film on Tour.
Take a nostalgic promenade to classic British holiday resorts including Weston-super-Mare, Morecambe and Skegness, a visit to Butlin’s in Brighton and 1930s surfing in Newquay, while a 1947 information film cleverly undercuts travel clichés by showing how Dover, a traditional tourist town, is remaking itself after heavy bombings during WWII.
From travelogues enticing holidaymakers to the beach to promotional films celebrating the work of fishermen and shipbuilders, these films capture the traditions, industry and joyfulness of the British coast.
Three days of racing between the Isles of Glénan and the River Odet in Brittany for classic yachts, metrics, classic series, sport keelboats and and dinghy classes orgainsed by the Yacht Club de L’Odet.
The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden,” with artifacts never before seen in the United States, opens May 19 at Mystic Seaport Museum.
Artifacts, some more than 1,300 years old, go on exhibit Saturday, May 19, for the first time in the United States at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
The international debut for “The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden” runs through Sept. 30 in the Thompson Exhibition Building at the re-created 19th-century seaport village.
Mystic Seaport representatives said the show will feature “priceless treasures, including helmets, shields, weapons, glass and other artifacts dating as early as the 7th century” from the Gustavianum, Uppsala University Museum in Sweden, Scandinavia’s oldest university.
“ ‘The Vikings Begin’ is a wonderful opportunity for people to tap into their fascination with all things Viking, and be able to expand the scope of understanding about Viking and pre-Viking cultures and how they influenced the rest of the world,” Mystic Seaport President Steve White said in a news release.
The exhibit will be divided into thematic sections: Viking warfare, trade, the Baltic Sea, a ship burial, Norse gods and geo-political relationships to other cultures.
Additional programming is planned in conjunction with the exhibition, including Viking Days on June 16 and 17. During the two-day festival, the museum “will be transformed in celebration of Viking culture, complete with trade demonstrations, performances and on-the-water activities,” the museum said.
Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., in the Mystic section of Stonington. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $28.95, $26.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 4-14. 888-973-2767,mysticseaport.org
May 19 (Saturday) 9:00 am - September 30 (Sunday) 5:00 pm
Pilot cutters – new and old, racing in the Fal estuary.
The Pilot Cutter Review 2018! A dozen or more pilot cutters get together every year to race each other.
The racing starts on Friday, from a gorgeous little hideaway on the Polruan side of the River Fowey, called Prime Cellars for a race from Fowey to St Mawes, and this is where the fun starts. With these powerful boats sailing in the harbour, it is a sight for sore eyes. Saturday and Sunday are race days, with one or two races on each day. Saturday night the cutters are up the River Fal, and have a BBQ, and share stories from the day. Every night is a social feast, and great fun.
Not so much to do with sailing, this fantastic 10 day celebration is a not-for-profit community festival which encompasses over 150 events varying from music & drama, the arts & heritage to gig racing, swimming, walking & lots more.
The festival was established in 2006. It’s a chance to embrace the places, people, history, culture, sport & industry that are connected by this very Cornish river.
With its diverse mix of events taking place at dozens of locations around the Fal River, the festival offers something for everyone and is the perfect opportunity to engage with life on the river and discover some of its fascinating history.
This wonderful event is the true start of the Classic sailing season along the South West Coast. Sailing boats of many shapes and sizes sail together on the last weekend in May. With the Saturday day offering conviviality along the free Heritage pontoon, traditional fish pie supper and sea shanties at Brixham Yacht Club and a superb firework display over the harbour to round off the evening.
Very few restrictions on participating boats, simply be of heritage design, or a classic yacht, a dinghy or working boat over 30 years old. (Free mooring from 25 to 27 May!) Last year included the new lugger Greyhound, which works cargoes between the south coast and the continent, Brixham trawlers, smaller working boats (including a lifeboat) and Bermudan and junk rigs, as well as some beautiful dinghies.
The Scottish Raid: Using the Great Glen’s stunning and varied lochs and the 200 year old Caledonian Canal, a fleet of up to 25 boats sails, rows, races, explores and ceilidhs their way up the glen.
Sail Caledonia is a friendly, open event for smaller (c. 5m – 9m) sailing boats built in traditional style. Anyone can join providing their boat conforms in general terms to one of the classes.
The Sail Caledonia Raid provides an unrivalled opportunity for competitive and relaxed sailing and rowing in small boats. Whilst completing the 66 mile navigation from coast to coast the event provides a unique sample of Scottish Highlands – participants will ascend Neptune’s Staircase to the sound of the bagpipes, the longest staircase flight of locks in the UK, then sail/row a series of magnificent lochs ending in the mysterious Loch Ness and passing below the spectacular ramparts of Urquhart Castle.
Les Voiles d’Antibes – Trophée Panerai every year, welcomes a selection of the finest Vintage Yachts (built before 1950), Classic Yachts (built before 1976) and Spirit of Tradition Yachts and Classes metric (6 MJI, 8mJI and MJI 12 competitors in the America’s Cup from 1958 to 1987), which have shaped the great history of Yachting International since the late nineteenth century.
We are working to create the most comprehensive list of sailing events available, if you would like us to add details to any of the events already published, or publish details of any events missing, please do send us the details via our handy event submission form.