Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Confronting Captain Cook: Memorialisation in museums and public spaces

National Maritime Museum

This online course explored the legacies of the voyages of James Cook to the Pacific and issues around memorialisation in museums and public spaces. Topics studied included the critical analysis of historical records of the voyages; objects in museum collections; colonisation of the Pacific; the impacts of missionaries; the impacts of the voyages on Pacific communities both in the 18th century and now; memorialisation and museum practice.

5 weeks, 3 hours per week

Sarah Lockwood

Head of Learning and Interpretation

National Maritime Museum


Learning outcomes

  • Assess the complex history of exploration in the enlightenment era by exploring the historical record.
  • Apply skills of critical and historical enquiry to compare different primary sources.
  • Identify outcomes of the voyages of James Cook with particular reference to the process of colonisation in the Pacific.
  • Engage with, and reflect on, ideas about memorialisation and the display of objects in our museums and public spaces.
  • Debate and discuss the key theme of memoralisation in public spaces through the lens of James Cook.


  • Week 1 - Introduction to the voyages and the problematic legacies of Captain James Cook and how these are viewed in the Pacific and beyond.
  • Week 2 - How do we use critical and historical enquiry skills to examine and question the historical record of Captain Cook and the impacts of these voyages?
  • Week 3 - How Cook’s death lead to a turning point in Britain’s policy and an examination of colonialisation in the Pacific and Australia.
  • Week 4 - The complexities around memorialisation in the 21st century through the legacy of Captain James Cook.
  • Week 5 - The broader discussions around memorialisation in public spaces.

Issued on 11th June 2019

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Free online course:

Confronting Captain Cook: Memorialisation in museums and public spaces

National Maritime Museum