The Death of Captain Cook

'The death of Captain Cook'

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Why was James Cook killed?

Why was Captain Cook killed? Join historians Vanessa Collingridge, Ruth Scobie and Steven Hooper to revisit Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, 14 February 1779, a day that has provoked speculation, controversy and myth-making.

Vanessa Collingridge is a historian and broadcaster. She is the author of Cook: Obsession and Betrayal in the New World and in 2007 she wrote and presented the four-part miniseries of the same name. She regularly contributes to the BBC, and recently completed a PhD on 18th century exploration and cartography. 

Ruth Scobie is an Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford, and a specialist in 18th century literature, art and culture. Her first book Islands of Celebrity: Oceania and the British Problem of Fame 1770-1830, will be published next year.

Steven Hooper is Director and Professor of Visual Arts at the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the University of East Anglia. He has published extensively on a range of themes including Polynesian material culture, chiefship, cultural property, ethnographical museums and the art market, as well as curating important exhibitions on Polynesian culture and history.

Sponsored by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library

Image: 'The death of Captain Cook' from A collection of drawings by A Buchan, S Parkinson, and J F Miller, made in the Countries visited by Captain James Cook in his First Voyage, also of prints published in John Hawksworth's Voyages of Biron, Wallis, and Cook as well as in Cook's second and third Voyages.


Name: The Death of Captain Cook
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