Bligh - Hero or Villain? Manipulated Portrait of Rea-Admiral William Bligh. Courtesy of National Library of Australia.

Bligh - Hero or Villain?

A new exhibition challenging the popularly held stereotype of one of history’s most infamous figures.

Almost universally portrayed as a villain in movies and books, does this view of William Bligh stand scrutiny today?

Bligh - Hero or Villain challenges this popular narrative, looking beyond the Bounty mutiny to explore the many sides of this most infamous of maritime figures.

Judge for yourself - this interactive and immersive exhibition is unlike anything you've ever experienced before.

Step into Bligh's world - climb aboard a replica of the small boat Bligh and crew were set adrift in, see real breadfruit growing, cast your vote on whether you think Bligh was a 'hero' or 'villain' with a real-time voting system, and much more. 

 

This immersive exhibition will come to life before your eyes!

 

 

 

 

William Bligh, By John Smart, 1803, Pencil and watercolour, © National Portrait Gallery, London

BLIGH'S LIFE

ABC Radio: Dr Stephen Gapps, historian and curator from the Australian National Maritime Museum and Admiral Peter Briggs discuss Bligh's life
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FEELING PECKISH?

Enjoy lunch and a cocktail inspired by the incredible story of William Bligh at Yots cafe.

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Conservator Katie Wood works on Fanny Bligh's letter
Behind the Scenes
a.	Mutiny on the Bounty (The Mutineers turning Lieutenant Bligh and part of the officers and crew adrift from His Majesty's Ship the Bounty), 1790 by Robert Dodd. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
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Bligh - Hero or Villain? Manipulated Portrait of Rea-Admiral William Bligh. Courtesy of National Library of Australia.
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Bligh Stories

Read some of our most compelling stories about Bligh, his world, the infamous stories surrounding him, and exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of this new exhibition.

Pitcairn Island

29 Aug 2018

Life and death in paradise

04 Jun 2018

Identifying the cannons from HMS Bounty

28 Sep 2011

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