Royal Museums Greenwich has teamed up with Lewisham Shopping Centre to open Travellers’ Tails, a pop-up museum exploring the art and science behind Captain Cook’s historic voyages.
The free pop-up museum has been specially designed to showcase unique objects from the collection, and its aim is to widen the museum’s outreach, sharing stories with the local community. Royal Museums Greenwich is only a short bus ride away from the shopping centre, but it’s hoped that the collaboration will offer customers an entirely different retail experience.
They will be able to handle a number of objects from the Pacific exploration collection, including a real kangaroo skin, and will also be able to make their own exotic creatures for display on the installation’s drawing wall. There will be activities and workshops with three artists in residence – Victoria Briggs, Simon Watt and Dan Rollings – and visitors will also be able to further explore the museum’s collection using the audio-visual Digital Explorer.
The pop-up museum is part of an HLF-funded project of the same name, which sees Royal Museums Greenwich partner with four other museums around the UK to exhibit George Stubb’s landmark painting of a kangaroo. The famous artwork is informed by artefacts from Captain Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, which remain the earliest images of such animals in western art.
Lucy Yates, Programme Manager for the project at Royal Museums Greenwich has said: “We’ve had a fantastic initial response from the public already and we’re looking forward to engaging new people in the history and context of these paintings.”
The pop-up museum is open, daily, between now and the end of April. Opening times are Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm and Sunday, 11am – 4pm.
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Becky MacNaughton, News Editor