My Cownt Tales cohort and Sister from Another Mister, Jessica Hickman emailed to remind me that National Geographic's Real Pirates exhibit is coming to the Science Museum on 18 February (it'll run through 3 September).
The full name of the traveling exhibit is Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship, so it focuses on Sam Bellamy's Whydah:
One of the most technologically advanced vessels of her day, the Whydah was built and launched as a slave ship and captured on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic by legendary pirate Sam Bellamy and his crew. After a few alterations and a quick hoist of the Jolly Roger, the Whydah became the flagship of Bellamy's flotilla, leading raids throughout Caribbean waters and up the Atlantic coastline.Visitors will be able to touch real pirate gold, board a recreated pirate ship, learn to tie knots, look at pirate art (like Gregory Manchess' painting above), and talk to piratey role-players about life on the seven seas. There's even a contest (ending Friday!) to design a new Jolly Roger to be displayed with the exhibit.
Who wants to go?