Celebrate half a million years of Worcestershire's history and come face to face with a Neanderthal, crawl inside our Ice Age shelter or meet Fluffy the Woolly Mammoth.
Ice Age, at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, celebrates half a million years of Worcestershire's history, from the time our ancestors arrived until the end of the last Ice Age 12,000 years ago. The exhibition runs from 16 June until 8 September 2018.
Over this enormous timespan there were many changes in climate, from woolly mammoths roaming icy tundra in Bromsgrove to prehistoric lions hunting the grasslands beneath Bredon Hill. The West Midlands was covered by hundreds of metres of ice which stretched all the way to Siberia. Then the collapse of the bridge between Britain and Europe formed the English Channel and made Britain an Island. It was against this backdrop of change that our ancestors first appear in Britain.
The exhibition includes the oldest man-made artefact in the West Midlands, the bones of the last mammoth found in Northern Europe and the first geological map of Great Britain, produced in 1815 by William Smith and known as the map that changed the world. Many of the objects come from Worcester Art Gallery & Museum's own collections as it is the eighth oldest collecting museum in the country.
Whilst full of Ice Age facts the exhibition is full of fun too; visitors to Ice Age can come face to face with a Neanderthal, crawl inside our Ice Age shelter and meet Fluffy the Woolly Mammoth. The exhibition opens with a day of family activities on Saturday 16 June and runs throughout the school holidays, with special events and activities on throughout the exhibition until 8 September.
Curator of Ice Age, Deborah Fox says: "This is such an exciting opportunity to focus on this little explored part of our prehistory. The exhibition includes real artefacts of almost unimaginable antiquity from Worcester's own natural history, geology and archaeology collections as well as objects gathered from across the region. It's also going to be lots of fun, from storytime in our Ice Age shelter to a DIY Cave Art Day!"
The Ice Age exhibition is part of Lost Landscapes; a joint project between Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service and Museums Worcestershire, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England. Lost Landscapes tells the story of Worcestershire's Ice Age and the people who made a home in these harsh, dynamic and ever‐changing landscapes over the last 500,000 years until the end of the last Ice Age 12,000 years ago. Lost Landscapes brings this little known period of our prehistory to life through the Ice Age exhibition at the Art Gallery & Museum, the Origins of Us exhibition at The Hive and an art installation Through the Mists of Time at The Hive.
Ice Age is free and open Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm. For more information contact the Art Gallery and Museum on 01905 25371 OR visit www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk or follow @worcestermuseum
Notes to Editors
For further information contact:
Helen Large, at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum on 01905 25371 or email HLarge@worcestershire.gov.uk
There will be a photo opportunity at the Art Gallery & Museum on Thursday 14 June, 11.30am.
16 June – 8 September 2018
Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
Open Mon – Sat 10.30am – 4.30pm
Information via 01905 25371 or www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk
Ice Age celebrates half a million years of Worcestershire's history, from the time our ancestors arrived until the end of the last Ice Age 12,000 years ago. Come face to face with a Neanderthal, crawl inside our Ice Age shelter and meet Fluffy the Woolly Mammoth.
Saturday 16 June 11am – 4pm
Celebrate the opening of Ice Age with a day of events and activities at Worcester Art Gallery & Museum.
About Museums Worcestershire
Museums Worcestershire is the joint museum service of Worcester City and Worcestershire County Councils. It comprises three fantastic venues– Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, the Commandery in Worcester and The County Museum at Hartlebury Castle.
The collections and exhibitions at our sites are many and varied, covering centuries of the county's history right up to the present day. Thousands of objects, including the historic buildings themselves, are brought to life through innovative exhibitions and events throughout the year.
About Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service's priority is to ensure the proper management of Worcestershire's heritage for current and future generations. We protect, preserve, manage, record, interpret, share and promote the history and historic environment of Worcestershire. www.worcestershire.gov.uk/waas
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported.
For the full Ice Age programme visit: www.iceageworcestershire.com