Sir David Attenborough on Joseph Banks
Did you know James Cook's charts were still used by sailors in the 1950s? Sir David Attenborough remembers sailing in the Great Barrier Reef using a chart that Cook prepared. Hear him describe the unexpected situation Cook and his crew found themselves in while navigating this part of the world. - video
One of the indigenous communities that James Cook encountered when he first landed in Australia was the Guugu Yimithirr people, and they gave us a word we all use today. Can you guess what it is? - video
Professor Glyn Williams describes how Britain was quick to exploit the discoveries of Cook’s voyages.
William Frame, the British Library’s Head of Modern Archives and Manuscripts, gives an account of Cook’s first voyage of 1768-71. Cook was instructed to observe the transit of Venus. But his expedition also had a secret aim to find lands in the south Pacific.