Collingwood's personal log book will be on display at Discovery Museum
Born in Newcastle in 1748, Admiral Lord Cuthbert Collingwood first went to sea aged just 13.
His impressive naval career spanned four decades, and he is well known for taking command of the British fleet during the Battle of Trafalgar, after Admiral Lord Nelson was killed.
This year, a special
festival will commemorate the 200th anniversary of his death with numerous events around Newcastle and Tyneside.
These include a military parade, a memorial service and an exhibition at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle.
Love of Northumberland
The exhibition - called Collingwood: A Northumbrian Abroad - gives visitors an insight into Collingwood's life at sea and his connection with the North East.
Ian Whitehead is keeper of maritime history at the museum and curated the exhibition.
The Collingwood monument at Tynemouth looks out over the river
He said: "I feel it's important to show how long he was away from home and how he still cared for his country.
"He really liked the countryside and planted trees to replace the ones used for ships.
"When he wrote letters home he would always ask about Northumberland as it was very important to him."
The exhibition includes paintings, extracts from Collingwood's letters and other objects personal to him.
A highlight is the log book from his time on the 50-gun ship Portland.
Collingwood used it to record punishments and day-to-day activities on the vessel during a voyage to the West Indies.
Collingwood: A Northumbrian Abroad runs until 27 June but the wider Collingwood 2010 festival continues until 24 October.
The Collingwood exhibition runs until 27 June 2010
On the weekend of 6 and 7 March there will be a memorial service in Collingwood's honour at St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle.
On the same weekend a naval and military parade will take place throughout the city and there are plans to sail warships to the Collingwood Memorial at Tynemouth.
A range of concerts, dinner events and open days are also planned.
For more information visit the
Collingwood 2010 website.