THERE’S a feast of fun for all the family this half term when a leading museum celebrates a landmark anniversary.
Next week marks 250 years since Captain James Cook stepped aboard the HM Bark Endeavour for the first time.
From humble roots in Marton and Great Ayton, the legendary explorer’s voyages of discovery would change our view of the world forever.
Towns and cities across the UK are commemorating Cook’s journeys during 1769 when he voyaged to explore the Pacific Ocean.
The Marton-born explorer contributed to society by establishing the measurement of longitude, naming and charting of new lands, whilst improving the health and diet of sailors.
The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum at Stewart Park is commemorating the historic anniversary by dedicating its half term children’s programme to Cook and his journey to the South Pacific.
A fun-filled week kicks off with Time Bandits on Board the Endeavour, on Tuesday, May 29, giving youngsters a chance to see and handle 18th century replicas while talking to the Time Bandits about the life of Captain Cook.
The young adventurers will even be able to create their own Endeavour to take home!
The arts and crafts sessions continue on Thursday, May 31, when the young visitors will put their hand to decorating fish that live on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Aimed at all levels of artistic ability, the session focuses on imagination and use of colour while exploring the Cook’s adventures.
Throughout the week The Mighty Sail Trail will allow children and families to navigate their way through the galleries of the Museum on a voyage with Captain Cook.
The Trail will run from Tuesday, May 29 until Sunday, June 3 and will enable visitors to use the museum the same time.
Each month the Cook Museum also hosts an event aimed at an adult audience.
On Saturday, June 2, adults will have the chance to see local historian Phil Philo present a talk on how Captain Cook prepared for his first voyage across the seas.
This is a story about the 28 weeks leading up to the historic journey, including details on the Royal Society’s proposal and application to the King for support, through to the purchase of a ship, its fitting out and the appointment of the crew.
Councillor Mick Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Communities, said: “It’s impossible to overstate the significance of Captain Cook’s voyages of discovery and the way they pushed back the boundaries of knowledge and exploration.
“He is rightly celebrated as one of this area’s most famous sons, and the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is a showcase of a truly extraordinary legacy.
“These fun and educational half term activities will help to introduce Cook to a whole new generation.”
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