The notorious Captain Kidd
In May 1701, Captain William Kidd was hanged for the crimes of piracy and murder. A new exhibition on Kidd is now open at the Museum of London Docklands – we bring you images of some of the wonderful exhibits on display
This month sees the launch of a new exhibition on the 17th-century privateer-turned-pirate Captain William Kidd at the Museum of London Docklands to mark the anniversary of Kidd's execution. Visitors can discover the surprising truth of how London’s corrupt political activities were entrenched in piracy while taking a closer look at 17th and 18th-century English society. The display also looks at gruesome ritual executions of the day.
The exhibition features a number of items associated with Captain Kidd, including his last letter containing the promise of hidden treasure. Also on display is a real pirate flag and a gibbet cage of the type that would have held Kidd's body after his execution.
Pirates: The Captain Kidd Story opens at Museum of London Docklands on 20 May and runs until 30 October 2011. To buy tickets and for more information, visit the Museum of London Dockland website.
Plus, look out for a feature on Captain Kidd in our June issue, which hits the newsstands on 26 May. We'll also be airing a podcast interview with the feature's author, pirate expert Angus Konstam – available from 28 May onwards.