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