Joseph Banks Lecture Series

September 13-October 4, 2017, National Maritime Museum, Lecture Theatre

Joseph Banks Lecture Series 13 Sep –  4 Oct 2017, National Maritime Museum, Lecture Theatre

Date and time: Wednesdays, 13 Sept – 4 Oct | 10.30-12.30

Price: £8 per event | £6 Concessions

In a career spanning more than fifty years, Sir Joseph Banks (1743–1820) became one of the most influential figures in European science. Through his participation in James Cook’s first Pacific voyage (1768–71), Banks received much of the credit for descriptions of a ‘new’ and exotic oceanic world that fascinated Europe and which would come to influence the course of European and Pacific science, culture, politics and commerce.  After the voyage Banks spent the remainder of his career supporting expeditions and forging networks that spanned the Indian and Pacific Oceans, placing him at the heart of accelerating interactions between Pacific, Indian and European peoples.  He was President of the Royal Society from 1778 to 1820 and advised George III on the development of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

This lecture series aims to bring Joseph Banks to wider public understanding, in advance of the 250th anniversary of the Endeavour voyage in 1768 and the 200th anniversary of Banks’s death in 1820. It has been organized by the Museum as part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Network project entitled ‘Joseph Banks, Science, Culture and the Remaking of the Indo-Pacific World’, which is research collaboration between Royal Museums Greenwich, University College London, National Portrait Gallery, Natural History Museum, the Royal Society and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. For further information on the Joseph Banks Network project and other activities visit

  • 13 September
    • Gillian Dooley, Flinders University, Australia
    • My Greatest and Best Friend: Flinders and Banks
  • 20 September
    • Jordan Goodman, University College London
    • Joseph Banks: A Man for All Reasons – Plants, Projects and Friends, 1780–1820
  • 27 September
    • Anna Johnston, University of Queensland
    • Banks’s Florilegeum: Art, Science, and Colonialism
  • 4 October
    • Paul Scott, the Sir Joseph Banks Society
    • Agrarian to Industrialist – Joseph Banks and the ‘promotion and improvement of manufactures of this country’


  • 10.30 Registration, tea & coffee
  • 11.00 Start of Lecture
  • 11.40 Coffee break
  • 12.00-12.30 Questions

Location: The Lectures will take place in the Lecture Theatre (except for 27 September which is in the Seminar Room) at Royal Museums Greenwich. Please register under the Propeller from 10.30 for all lectures.

To book a place contact 020 8312 6608, e-mail or visit


Posted: September 08, 2017