Monday, 2 June 2014
A major outcome of my project, 'Conserving "Curiosities"' is a website, bringing together the research done on the Forster and Banks collections over the years by museum staff and visiting researchers. The site was made possible by the generosity of the Clothworkers' Foundation.
This website is designed to provide researchers and the general public with access to all the information that the Pitt Rivers Museum holds about the objects in its care that were collected on the famous Pacific voyages of Captain James Cook (1728–1779). At its heart is a searchable catalogue that links to the relevant records in the Museum's regularly updated online database. The site also provides information about the collectors, Joseph Banks and father-and-son Reinhold and George Forster, about the history of the collections in the form of a timeline, further readings, and a bibliography. Further materials will be added as they become available.
Please visit the site and explore the collections.