Journey of discovery.
The Pacific Treasures exhibition is on at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Stewart Park. On display are objects collected on Cook's voyages to Tahiti, Tonga and Hawaii. The objects, from Cook's second and third voyages, were originally destined for Britain in the 1770s and 1780s, but have never before been displayed in this country.
They are on loan from the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) in St Petersburg.
The collection consists of barkcloth garments and textiles, a boar's tusk bracelet, nose flute, club, basket, girdle and colourful bird feather cloak and helmet from Hawaii. The items give a glimpse of the rich life and culture of the Pacific people at the time of Cook's visits. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, with articles by staff of the Kunstkamera and the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, price pounds 4.95.