Confronting Captain Cook: Memorialisation in Museums and Public Spaces
Duration 5 weeks
Weekly study 3 hours
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Learn about the complex and controversial legacy of Captain James Cook
2018 marked the 250th anniversary of the departure of the Endeavour for Tahiti under the command of Captain James Cook. This course questions how Captain Cook has been remembered since, considering historical sources, who shapes history, and how.
On this course, you’ll learn about memorialisation and commemoration through the lens of Cook. You’ll also consider the impact of these voyages today and how various societies relate differently to this legacy. You’ll look at the broader context of memorialisation and commemoration and how this is being enacted in museums and public spaces.
What topics will you cover?
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 challenges institutions face in representing colonial histories, using Captain Cook as a case study.
When would you like to start?
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Who is the course for?
This course is suitable for historians and students looking to broaden their knowledge. It would also appeal to anyone with an interest in museum studies, or those interested in investigating colonialism and its legacies.
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