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Captain James Cook Artefact return

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http://.captcook-ne.co.uk/ccbm/index.htm 30160226_153021420050046_r.jpegPlease help acquire and "bring home"  a rare Captain Cook artefact to Cook's birthplace museum, Stewart Park, Middlesborough.   The artwork, an  18th Century japanned tea tray features a depiction of the legendary explorer’s death painted by Edward Bird RA.

The  Captain Cook Birthplace Trust, registered charity no. 507317 is appealing for donations to help it meet the £34,500 asking price to return it to its former home.

The tray – a rendering of George Carter’s 1781 painting of Cooks death scene - dates from the 1790s and was presented to Middlesbrough founding father Henry Bolckow in the 1850s or 1860s.

The wealthy industrialist, who became Middlesbrough’s first Mayor and Member of Parliament, built Marton Hall at Stewart Park, site of Cook’s birth, in 1856.

Bolckow amassed one of the finest Cook collections ever assembled, including Cook’s original manuscript journal of the Endeavour voyage along with the Admiralty’s secret instructions.

Following his death, the collection was sold with the death scene tray eventually finding its way into one of Australia’s most significant private collections of Captain Cook material which has now been put up for sale.

Councillor Tom Mawston, Chair of the Captain Cook Birthplace Trust, said: “2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the first of James Cook’s three famous voyages to the Pacific.

“There is  huge local pride in the achievementof a man who pushed back the boundaries of the known world and we are determined to develop and expand our celebration of one of history’s towering figures.

“This tray was painted just a few years after Cook’s death, and fittingly found its way into the collection of one of Middlesbrough’s founding fathers.

“It would be fantastic if we are able to return it to the site of Cook's birth for future visitors to enjoy – I would urge anyone with any interest in local heritage and history to help us reach our fund-raising target.”

Cook is considered to have been Middlesbrough’s greatest son and his name is associated with streets, buildings, shopping centres and businesses. All over historic North Yorkshire and Cleveland, from Middlesbrough to Great Ayton; Redcar to Marske; and Staithes to Whitby; there are places with Cook connections to visit and explore. This area is known as "Captain Cook Country" and although most of the objects from Cook’s voyages and times are housed in the major national and regional institutions across the world, museums in North Yorkshire, Middlesbrough and Newcastle also care for important Cook-related collections.

It is the trusts aim to "bring home" more Cook related artefacts to the birthplace museum and promote awareness of this world renowned navigator.

The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum opened on the 28th October 1978 – the 250th anniversary of Cook’s birth. It is housed in a purpose-built building close to the granite urn marking the site of Cook’s birthplace cottage in Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough. The museum tells the story of one of the world’s greatest navigators and mariners through themed display galleries, temporary exhibitions, associated activities and events and a lively education programme.

Housed in the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is:-

1. The temporary exhibition space is now to a standard that national loans can now be accepted. In its first year of opening, as part of the “Gotta Catch em All” exhibition, loans from the Natural History Museum included original Sydney Parkinson watercolours and Joseph Banks’ shell collection

2. The Australian Aboriginal walkabout gallery now proudly presents Middlesbrough’s impressive collection of Australian Aboriginal artefacts. It is especially popular amongst school groups and is now gaining in popularity with art students from secondary schools.

3. The Cabinet of Curiosities contains reference material all related to Cook and the places he visited. From handling resources to 18th century original prints right up to contemporary books on Cook. Brand new storage systems have been installed and are now far more accessible.

4. The Mess Deck is the museum’s new space for school and community groups. It also includes a variety of new resources including Virtual Reality platform “Google Expeditions” which is extremely popular with visitors of all ages and abilities. It is a large space with plenty of new resources to engage visitors of all ages and interests. Events within the new year of opening have included a taxidermy demonstration, watercolour workshop, school visits and even the annual conference of the Captain Cook society amongst many others.

5. Cooks Café has had an overhaul and now offers a name and menu more in keeping with the museum. The much improved seating area now offers a nautical ambience. The walls around the café now include a Sperm Whale, Tiger Shark and Colossal Squid. Amongst them are mosaic fish created at the museum by dementia sufferers engaged with the Volunteering Matters charity. This demonstrates the museum’s continuing strong community relationships.

6. The main exhibition galleries have continued to evolve. The museum has had opportunity to invest in its natural history collections. A selection of taxidermy to complement the popular workshops with schools has proven to continue to drive schools admissions and increase the diversity of workshops that the museum can offer to schools (This includes North America, Frozen worlds, animal adaptations and habitats, Australia and much more.)

To every Captain Cook enthusiast around the world,  thank you enormously for helping to return Captain James Cook's artefacts to his birthplace.
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It's been a while since you were updated, thank you very much for your patience.. The Captain Cook Birthplace Trustees are waiting to hear if we have government funding to help us bring this artefact home. I feel there may be bigger issues that central government may want to spend money on but "fingers crossed", as soon as we know, you will too....Either way, not all would be lost as we have learnt there is a specialist auction featuring Cook artefacts and as soon as we find out exactly what, we will be sure to let you know. Thank you again.....
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BBC Coverage Reports; A museum celebrating the life and work of Captain James Cook has launched a fundraising appeal to return a rare artefact to the North East.

The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Middlesbrough wants to acquire an 18th Century japanned tea tray that features a depiction of the explorer's death.

It formerly belonged to a wealthy local industrialist, and is now part of a private collection put up for sale.

Donations to help the museum meet the £34,500 asking price are being sought.

The tray - with a rendering by Edward Bird of George Carter's 1781 painting of the scene - dates from the 1790s and was presented to Henry Bolckow in the 1850s.

'Towering figure'

The wealthy industrialist, who became Middlesbrough's first mayor and MP, built Marton Hall at Stewart Park, the site of Cook's 1856 birthplace.

Following Bolckow's death, his collection of Cook artefacts was sold, with the death scene tray eventually finding its way to Australia.

Councillor Tom Mawston, chair of the Cook Birthplace Trust, said: "It would be fantastic if we were able to return it to the site of his birth.

"There remains huge local pride in the achievements of a man who pushed back the boundaries of the known world, and we are determined to develop and expand our celebration of one of history's towering figures."

Cook was beaten and stabbed to death in Hawaii in February 1779.
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One of the region’s best loved museums and one of the jewels in Middlesbrough’s crown has been recognised at an annual awards ceremony.

The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum made the top three in the Museum of the Year category in the Journal North East Culture Awards. The latest addition to the Museum’s trophy cabinet follows a major overhaul of the popular venue in 2017.

Pictured holding the NE Culture Award, Education Officer - Jenny Phillips, Dorothy Davison and Tom Mawston of Captain Cook Birthplace Trust with Captain Cook

Thanks to a Treasury grant of £500,000, education and temporary exhibition spaces were re-developed, with the new Walkabout gallery hosting exhibits to engage schools and visitors of all ages.

The award nomination also recognised the strengths of the temporary Gotta catch ’em all exhibition which included original artwork on loan from the Natural History Museum and a selection of Joseph Banks’ shell collection.

Held at Hexham Abbey, this year’s NE Culture Awards attracted 1,000 nominations, with the Cook Museum the onlyhonlyol Middlesbrough finalist in any category.

Last month marked 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.

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.

During 2018 towns and cities across the UK are commemorating Cook’s journeys during 1769 when he voyaged to explore the Pacific Ocean.

Councillor Tom Mawston, chair of the Captain Cook Birthplace Trust, said: “This commendation is recognition both of the new additions to the Birthplace Museum, and of its ongoing popularity as one of our great cultural assets.

“It’s a showcase of one of this area’s most famous sons, and a man who transformed our understanding of the world.

“It is particularly fitting that the Birthplace Museum should receive this recognition in this special anniversary year.

“With a new feel to the museum and the brand new Cook’s Café up and running, whole new audiences will be able to find out about the life and achievements of this extraordinary man.”

•For further information visit www.lovemiddlesbrough.com or call 01642 311211.


The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30am to 3.30pm between now and October 28. Single day tickets:
adult £4; concession £2.50; family ticket £10.
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