By One Giant Leap
Thursday 05 Jul 2018 12:51:00
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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.

Culture Awards

Pictured above 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.”

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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