Cook was one of many explorers in the late 18th century and early 19th century. Sir Joseph Banks, as President of the Royal Society, played a vital role in funding several of these voyages. All the objects below were given to Banks, which he then donated to the British Museum, or were from expeditions supported by him. This selection offers different perspectives on exploration: objects acquired from the various peoples and places explorers encountered, the different types of collection made – clothing, symbols of power, transport, as well as modes of navigation - and how these explorations were represented in printed media.
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