The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. Marton, Middlesbrough, UK


The Resolution Resources Room


The Cabinet of Curiosities Room at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum can be booked by individuals requiring access to the museum’s collection of books, monographs, journals, archives, photographs as well as the collection database.

Cliff Thornton, President of the Captain Cook Society, opening the Resolution Resources Room.
Cliff Thornton, President of the Captain Cook Society, opening the original Resolution Resources Room now relocated and named 'Cabinet of Curiosities' Room.

The museum has extensive collections relating to the following subject areas relating to Captain Cook, his times and the countries he visited:

  1. Captain James Cook, his life, voyages, voyage art & artefacts, death and contemporaries
  2. Celebrating Cook since 1780, Captain Cook Tourism Association, Captain Cook Society, Birthplace Museum, Captain Cook Country attractions.
  3. Exploration
  4. Maritime, especially the 18th century and Nelson’s Navy
  5. Australia – history, natural history/wildlife, tourism and indigenous peoples.
  6. New Zealand – history, natural history/wildlife, tourism and indigenous peoples.
  7. Pacific Islands - history, natural history/wildlife, tourism and indigenous peoples.
  8. North America/Canada – history, natural history/wildlife, tourism and indigenous peoples.
  9. Arctic/Antarctic - history, natural history/wildlife, tourism and indigenous peoples.
  10. 10. General (national/international) & Local (Tees Valley) History

The resources centre is equipped with a computer to access its collections database. Access to the Room is by booking only, please ring the main switchboard number or email us.
It is advisable to check that the resources you require are available prior to booking. Note that the main repository for regional archival resources is Teesside Archives and for other collections relating to Middlesbrough is the Dorman Museum

The museum offers identification services free of charge. The museum cannot normally undertake the identification of large numbers of objects.
Items should be deposited at the museum reception where you will be asked to fill out a detailed form. Identifications are normally carried out within one month depending on work loads, staff availability and use of outside experts.
Alternatively identification books can be made available for use in the Resolution Resources Room. See booking procedures.

The museum does not give valuations. You are requested to seek the advice of a professional valuer.

Object Donations & Bequests

The museum is grateful to all its past donors who have given the museum objects and specimens for its collections. Because of the limits of storage and the high cost of object care and conservation the museum must now limit the range and type of objects it acquires.
The museum operates to a Collection Management Plan that determines the strategic development of its collections. Donations of objects for the collections are accepted provided they fall within the scope this Plan. Curatorial meetings are normally held monthly to determine the suitability of donations.


If you would like to donate material to the museum please, in the first instance, contact the museum by email, letter or telephone. Staff can make site visits if a large amount of material needs to be assessed or it involves a large item.
If you would like to leave the museum a bequest of an item or collection it is imperative that you discuss this with a curator before making any provisions in your will to prevent any future distress and legal difficulties.

Financial Bequests
If you require any information on making a financial bequest please contact the Senior Curator at the museum.

The museum can make extensive facilities available to bona fide researchers including the Cabinet of Curiosities Room, digital photography and digital scanning. Please discuss your requirements with the Museum Access & Development Manager.

Collection Information
Information about the collections can be supplied in a number of ways – printed hard copy or CD-Rom. There will normally be a charge to supply these. Information via email would normally be free of charge. Information requiring extensive staff time to assimilate may also attract a charge. Please check the availability of information via the interactive collection database available from this site.

Tourist Information
The museum foyer contains regional tourist information which visitors can browse through. The museum does not offer a full tourist information service. Please direct tourist information enquiries to the main tourist office via the main Middlesbrough Council switchboard on 01642 245432.

Permission to photograph objects within the museum must be sought before visiting the site. The museum can supply digital images or quality print outs of objects within the collections for professional use - please contact the Museum for details of charges. There is no photography allowed of temporary exhibitions. General photography within the permanent gallery spaces is allowed.

Conference and Group Facilities
The museum Mess Deck is available for hire as an unusual and different conference venue for businesses and special interest groups. Conference members may also view the exhibition galleries during breaks within the proceedings.
The Room can accommodate approximately 50 adults seated for a formal lecture or presentation. Tables are available, each holding a maximum of six people.
There is free parking in Stewart Park and around the immediate museum site for disabled visitors or those delivering equipment (access off Stokesley Road via The Grove). Arrangement for coach parking can be made in advance. The museum is close to major bus routes and railway station (Marton).
A variety of catering can be arranged on site.
Conference and Group Facilities

The Endeavour Room can be fully equipped, by prior arrangement, with:

  • Video projector
  • Laptop connections
  • PA system
  • CD/DVD player