Saturday 25 August 2018

Natural History Museum - 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's Endeavour voyage

HMS Endeavour 250: a voyage of discovery
Captain Cook Special Stamps, courtesy of Royal Mail
Captain Cook Special Stamps, courtesy of Royal Mail
This month marks 250 years since Captain James Cook and HMS Endeavour set off from Britain on one of the most important voyages of discovery. Almost 100 people circumnavigated the globe. They discovered more than 1,300 species previously unknown to Western science and mapped more than 8,000 kilometres of coastline including New Zealand and the east coast of Australia.

Five items from the Museum's collections have appeared on Royal Mail's new commemorative stamps, including works by illustrators Sydney Parkinson and Frederick Polydore Nodder.
Sir Joseph Bank's shells
A voyage of discovery
The Museum is home to one of the greatest treasures of natural history specimens and artworks from the Endeavour voyage, amassed by acclaimed naturalist Sir Joseph Banks.

pencil sketch by Herman Dietrich Spöring
Visit the collection
You can see artworks from Captain Cook's Endeavour voyage in the gallery Images of Nature. The Expedition and Endeavour display will change every four months, giving you a rare opportunity to see never-before-displayed original illustrations and photographs.