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Sir Joseph Banks as The Great South Sea Caterpillar

Sir Joseph Banks and the Emperor of Morocco (butterfly)

Special Notice:  due to the closure of the Museum because of Covid 19, we hope to extend the time of this exhibition. More information later

The Celebrated Mr Banks: reputation and legacy

What did it mean to be a celebrity in the 18th century?

Cook’s first voyage launched Joseph Banks on a career which took him to the top of the world of science and learning. He never travelled to the Pacific again, but how did he become a globally recognised figure?

Why should we remember Banks in connection with Australian wool, the transplantation of breadfruit, the development of tea in India or the growth of gardening and horticulture?

Our exhibition explores how Banks’ reputation grew and some of the legacies of his long life.

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