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This summer the Maritime Memories Machine is touring the country, collecting stories of the sea from everyone it meets. Days in a deckchair or dug in behind a windbreak, sand in sandwiches, pebbles in flip flops. In the storm, in the calm, in the pub, fishermen, sailors, migration journeys, day-trippers. Visit the Maritime Memories Machine to tell us what the sea means to you. Activities on the tour will be overseen by the Maritime Memory Catchers; they are searching for sea themed memories/stories/moments to help fuel the van. Join in with some sea shanties, create a poem, investigate the handling collection or simply watch events unfold. When it returns to its home at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, its cargo of stories will become part of the new Sea Things gallery, and your memories and stories will become part of a national museum collection.

The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Discover why Captain James Cook is the world's most famous navigator with our exploration into his early life, seafaring career and the legacy of his voyages.

The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum opened on the 28th October 1978 - the 250th anniversary of Cook's birth. It is housed in a purpose-built building close to the granite urn marking the site of Cook's birthplace cottage in Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough.

The museum tells the story of one of the world's greatest navigators and mariners through themed display galleries housing original artefacts, exhibitions, associated activities and events and a lively education programme. There is full disabled access throughout and additional facilities such as the Discovery Room (education & activities), the Endeavour Room (meetings & events), the Resolution Resources Room (archive & research) complete with a gift/book shop and café.