Captain James Cook

James Cook was born in the village of Marton, Yorkshire on 27 October 1728 (7 November in the Gregorian calendar), one of five children of Scottish migrant farm labourer James Cook and his Yorkshire wife Grace. In August 1768 Cook set sail from Plymouth on his first voyage. Read more...

Features & facts

Cook's third voyage


A brief history of world exploration from Columbus to today.


Curator John McAleer talks about the life and death of Captain Cook. Part of the Museum's On the Line series of podcasts.