Silver Alms Badge

Contributed by The Collection Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire

One of ten alms badges from the Joseph Banks Alms House at Revesby ©The Collection

Joseph Banks sailed with Captain Cook on the famous Endeavour voyageAlms badge from the Sir Joseph Banks Almshouses linked to the Revesby estate owned by the Banks family. Sir Joseph Banks is probably best known for his work on the voyage of the Endeavour with Captain Cook but he was involved in most of the British voyages of discovery during his day, including the Bounty expedition under William Bligh in 1787-1789, Bligh's later trip in HMS Providence, and Matthew Flinders' circumnavigation of Australia, 1800-1805. Banks and his wife Lady Dorothea travelled to Lincolnshire, usually to Revesby Abbey, and stayed there for some months almost every year of their married life. His interests in Lincolnshire related not only to his own estates, but also to passing various Acts of Parliament concerning enclosures and drainage of fens, plus agriculture, stock breeding, botany, zoology and archaeology.

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