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An interactive exhibition about Britain's empire in America

Pochahontas, puritans and pirates are the stars of the Museum's latest exhibition.

Follow in the footsteps of Sir Walter Raleigh, as he seeks his fortune in the New World. Steer the ship, save yourself from sharks and take part in our treasure trail with Pete, the one-eyed pirate.

Track animal footprints on your journey deep into the forest. Sit round the campfire in a tepee and listen to the story of Pocahontas.
Experience singing and dancing Native American style.

Discover the truth behind many of the myths surrounding the birth of modern America and find out what happened when Native Americans and English settlers met for the first time.

From ship's wheels to ship's rations, tepees to tomahwaks, Pow Wow is an entertaining and hands-on experience for visitors of all ages.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of events featuring dancers, actors, storytellers and musicians. Click here to find out more.

The story starts in the east coast woodland areas of North America. The exhibition uses imaginative environments, images and universally recognized symbols to consider the impact of settlers on the culture of Native Americans and celebrate their survival.
Learn how to sing and dance- Native American Style!
Dress up as a princess, a puritan or even a pirate.

Native Americans in the east coast woodlands lived in longhouses made of pliable timber and rush mats. The tepee was used traditionally by Indian groups who lived on the flat grassy plains further west. However the tepee has been adopted by diverse groups of contemporary Native Americans as a universally recognized symbol of their culture, therefore it has been included in the exhibition.

Tudor ships were small, carrying about 50 people, provisions and animals. The journey took anything from two to five months; disease affected the people and the food supplies decayed.

This journey across the Atlantic begins in 1585 when Sir Walter Raleigh organized an expedition to try and establish England's first settlement in North America for Queen Elizabeth I.


Take the wheel on a tudor ship as it sails to the New World.

It proved a struggle to survive and establish a settlement. Roanoke was the colony that failed. The settlers faced starvation through the first bitterly cold winter and were only saved by a passing fleet of Sir Francis Drake's ships in the summer of 1586. Three colonists were accidently left behind. No one knows what became of them.

Plants play a very important part in the story. Plants were taken from England to america and the other way. Both the settlers and the Native Americans used a variety of plants and food as dyes and medicine, many of which like witch hazel, black cohosh and american ginseng are still used.
Photographs copyright David Pratt Photography