An introduction to Travellers’ Tails

Travellers’ Tails is a collaboration between Royal Museums Greenwich and four partner museums to investigate the history of exploration, art and science inspired by the National Maritime Museum’s recent acquisitions: The Kongouro from New Holland (Kangaroo) and Portrait of a Large Dog (Dingo). These paintings by George Stubbs (1724–1806) are a product of Captain Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific and the earliest images of these animals in Western art.

The project brings together artists, scientists, explorers and museum professionals to investigate the nature of exploration in the Enlightenment era, how this multitude of histories can be explored and experienced in a gallery, heritage and museum setting and to question what exploration means today.

From March 2015 to June 2016 ‘The Kangaroo’ embarked on its own voyage of discovery, touring to each of the four partner museums to draw out different themes by being displayed alongside their own unique collections.

A programme of exciting activities, residencies and displays continues at Royal Museums Greenwich.

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