Pirates sail into the London Docklands

Date Posted: 21/01/2011

From Treasure Island to Pirates of the Caribbean, piracy has long been an inspiration for books, television and films. Now, in a major exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, groups can discover the real pirates who ruled the seas over 300 years ago.

Running from 20th May until the 30th October, Pirates: The Captain Kidd Story will focus on the legendary privateer turned pirate, Captain Kidd. From cannons and hidden treasure maps to lady pirates and gibbet cages, the display will explode the myths and mysteries surrounding common perceptions of pirates.

Over 170 objects will be exhibited, including: Kidd’s last letter with the promise of hidden treasure; Johnny Depp’s original Captain Jack Sparrow costume; a real pirate flag; the Admiralty Marshall's silver oar and a gibbet cage; a Vivienne Westwood outfit from her seminal 1983 ‘Pirates’ collection; an original 1724 edition of Captain Johnson's History of the Pirates; and an early 18th century cannon.

GTOs should note there is an admission fee for this exhibition and pre-booked parties of ten plus are entitled to a discounted rate of 20 per cent.

For further information, telephone: 020-7001 9844 or log onto www.museumindocklands.org.uk

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