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Captain Bligh Exhibition


Feature: Lizzie Guilfoyle

A NEW exhibition marking the 250th Anniversary of William Bligh's birth, is running at London's Museum of Garden History until April 1, 2005.

Presented by the Museum and Parabola, the focal point of the exhibition is artist David Cotterrell's 'simulation' of Bligh's historic 5,800km open boat journey in Bounty's launch. This was, of course, a direct consequence of the infamous mutiny that took place on Bligh's ship, on the morning of April 28, 1789.

Based on the navigational notes made by Bligh himself, Cotterrell's 'simulation' charts the shifting horizon, as was seen by Bligh and his companions during the voyage - an ordeal of truly epic proportions and a remarkable feat of navigational skill on Bligh's part.

The exhibition also plays host to local historian, Jon Newman, whose interpretation of events is illustrated by archive images and artefacts.

More unusual, is the inclusion of two extremely rare American comic books detailing what we know today as the mutiny on the Bounty.

The Museum is, in fact, an ideal venue for the exhibition as Bligh's tomb can be found in its gardens.

Open daily from 10.30am - 5pm. A donation of £3 (£2.50 concessions) is acceptable.

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