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Exhibition At Captain Cook Memorial Museum In Whitby

The Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby's holding an exhibition about pre-voyage Cook.

An exhibition is in place at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby.

It is in the lead-up to the festival which takes place in July - which celebrates the 250th anniversary of Cook's first voyage.

The current exhibition is called "Whitby In The Time Of Cook: The Making Of A Great Seaman".

Dr Sophie Forgan, Chairman of Trustees at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, explains:

She tells us if they have been busy because of the 250th anniversary:

The Captain Cook Festival is happening 6th-8th July 2018 in Whitby.

To mark 250 years, there will be a town-wide celebration, led by Scarborough Borough Council's Tourism team.

We will see a host of events take place throughout the weekend with something to entertain and educate visitors of all ages from all four corners of the globe.

Janet Deacon, Tourism & Corporate Marketing Manager for Scarborough Borough Council and area director for Welcome to Yorkshire, says:

"Whitby is still a place with an adventurous spirit where Cook would feel right at home and still has a strong boat building industry.

Cook's great feats as an explorer, navigator and cartographer deserve to be celebrated and there's nowhere better than the Yorkshire Coast to discover more about Cook and his early life."

Charles Forgan from the Captain Cook Memorial Museum says:

"In celebrating this 250th anniversary, we are celebrating a Yorkshireman whose unrivalled skill, continued self-improvement, perseverance and quiet ambition are an example to all and to future generations."

Additionally, throughout the weekend, visitors will be able to enjoy live music, street theatre and sea shanties alongside local ales and a grand finale firework spectacular, as well as a spectacular Maritime play to be held at Whitby Abbey.

Whitby Abbey and Pannett Art Gallery will also be exhibiting maritime artwork and memorabilia throughout the weekend.

Cllr Helen Mallory, Scarborough Borough Council Deputy Leader says:

"The council is proud to be supporting the Captain Cook Festival and working with different community groups to make the event a fitting celebration of Cook's endeavours and his enduring impact on Whitby.

It's shaping up to be an unmissable weekend for all the family and a fantastic addition to this year's Yorkshire Coast event calendar."

Other ways to follow in James Cook's footsteps on the Yorkshire Coast and in the North York Moors National Park in this special anniversary year: 

  • Whitby Abbey, an English Heritage site perched on the cliff tops, would have been used by Cook as a sailor's navigation point.
  • Go out to sea with Whitby Whale Watching and Whitby Coastal Cruises. 
  •  Literally walk in Cook's footsteps along the Cleveland Way National Trail between Whitby to Staithes, the coastal village where Cook reputedly fell in love with the sea. Or try the famous Captain Cook walk, a 7-miler around Roseberry Topping (the Yorkshire Matterhorn) and Cook's Monument, near Middlesbrough.
  • The North York Moors National Park WalkFest 2018 includes a six-mile long guided walk on 26 May from where the young Cook went to school in Great Ayton to the farm where his father worked in Little Ayton. This whole area is known as Captain Cook Country, so there's a good chance of following in Cook's footsteps on any footpath around the Whitby, Staithes and upper Moors area. 

For more details about the festival visit: www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com/Whitby/Cook250