“A Botanical Endeavour” with Clair Stones of the Cook Museum.

Event information

Date: Wed, 8 November 2023

Time: 2pm

Cost: £2 to non-members, free to Lit&Phil members.


Discover the botanical adventure that reshaped the course of scientific exploration! Join us for a captivating lecture on Lieutenant James Cook RN groundbreaking first voyage to the South Pacific. As one of history’s most renowned explorers, the Endeavour voyage not only expanded Western scientific knowledge but also set the precedent for including artists and naturalists on future expeditions. The journey took the ship to unexplored habitats bringing back a wealth of botanical specimens that enriched institutions like Kew Gardens and ignited scientific curiosity.

The lecture will draw attention to the time and place in which The Endeavour expedition occurred, inviting reflection on their immense significance to science, the interplay with indigenous peoples, and the lasting impact on modern gardens. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to delve into a botanical heritage and how they continue to blossom in gardens worldwide.

No Booking necessary. Tickets on the door. £2 for non-members and free to members of Whitby Lit & Phil.