Discover stories behind the latest exhibitions, fascinating explorations into maritime science and archaeology, and the surprising details of what happens inside (and outside) a modern working museum.
29 Sep 2019
The museum’s new exhibition Bligh: Hero or Villain? urges us to think about the debates over William Bligh’s personality and career. Curator Dr Stephen Gapps provides some context on an aspect often forgotten among the copious amount of literature, film and discussion around Bligh – the role of the peoples of the Pacific islands in this story.Read more
14 Sep 2019
Last month at our sold-out Ocean Talk, Peter FitzSimons and Rear Admiral Peter Briggs went head-to-head, debating William Bligh and whether he was a hero or villain. We caught up with Peter FitzSimons to talk about today's continuing fascination with Bligh and what surprised him the most when writing Mutiny on the Bounty: A saga of survival, sex, sedition, mayhem and mutiny.Read more
29 Aug 2019
William Bligh is often described as an abusive tyrant, but what about a devoted husband? Head of Research Dr Nigel Erskine explores how the sea shells Bligh collected for his wife Elizabeth were a reflection of love – exotic souvenirs that allowed her to share in her husband's adventures.Read more
02 Aug 2019
Over the last few months, museum conservators Katie and Lucilla have had the meticulous task of treating a hand-written letter by William Bligh’s daughter Frances. Currently on display in our new exhibition Bligh – Hero or Villain?, we spoke to the pair to find out how they got this special item display ready.Read more
17 Jul 2019
The mythology that surrounds the mutiny on the Bounty has painted William Bligh as an abusive tyrant who had a tendency for violence, whereas Fletcher Christian remains the virtuous hero who saved the day. How did Bligh get this bad reputation and why is it still so ingrained in society’s consciousness today?Read more
13 Jun 2019
William Bligh is remembered as a naval officer, expert navigator, cartographer, explorer and the governor of New South Wales – just to name a few. But what about a serial swearer?
13 Jun 2019
Who was Captain William Bligh? Perhaps you know him as a sailor and the infamous mutiny on board the HMS Bounty. Or maybe you know him as the governor of New South Wales who was deposed in the only successful military coup in Australian history?Read more