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Cook Museum Whitby

How you can help

We can justifiably celebrate the achievements of the past decades, but need to continue to plan and build for the future. Work and achievements so far are significant – from the meticulous restoration of our historic building and welcome to over half a million visitors from 80 countries, to innovative exhibitions and education work.

Why do we need funds?

We receive no public revenue support.  We are independent and self-financing through income from admission tickets, retail sales and occasional project grants.  But there is much, much more we want to do.

Building for the future

  • Invest in our dedicated team of volunteers who support the skeleton staff in caring for the house, the collections and our visitors.
  • Develop our education and outreach programme.
  • Conserve the collection in immaculate condition, and acquire when possible items of quality, relevance and authenticity
  • Research and present innovative exhibitions, encourage scholarship and publish new perspectives about Cook and his world
  • Preserve the fabric of our Grade I listed house and sustain the atmospheric and authentic visit experience for future generations

Immediate projects:

  • New Learning Centre in the adjacent building. We have managed to acquire this new space which will provide room for our education work, which has outgrown its current accommodation. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Headley Trust
  • Outreach & Activities Programme to build on our work with the community to make the Museum a place for creative and enjoyable activities for all ages
  • Exhibition programme which continues to bring important, and often previously un-shown artefacts to Whitby – in 2015 we will be showing wonderful ‘Fabrics and Fibres of the Pacific’
  • Acquisitions – these often occur at short notice and a fund is needed to provide initial seed-corn for fundraising

The Quarter Century Fund, set up in 2012, is designed to lay the foundations for long term sustainability and future development.  It is a designated fund, to support the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, as determined by the Trustees. This will allow us to make the most of new developments as they emerge, while preserving our core mission. 

You can help by becoming a Supporter, a Patron, leaving us a legacy, or simply making a one-off donation.

I really enjoyed the Museum. I thought it was amazing.

I now know lots more about history and geography.

I wish I can come back again

Oscar, age 7

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