Dignitaries gathered at the County Museum at Hartlebury Castle for the official launch of a brand new gallery devoted to telling the story of Worcestershire's archaeology.
On Ancient Tracks introduces the story of Worcestershire's early inhabitants using archaeological finds, stunning visuals and handling objects. The new exhibition begins over half a million years ago when the ice stood hundreds of metres tall above the Worcestershire landscape, with the earliest evidence of hominids, a different species to modern man, who lived in this area of Britain during the Ice Age.
Iron Age in Worcestershire is a story of hillfort strongholds, tribal war and massacre on Bredon Hill but also one of farms and villages in the countryside below, that prospered from agriculture and from industry such as iron and salt production.
On Ancient Tracks has been funded by Severn Waste Services and supported by Worcestershire Archaeological Society.
Jim Haywood, Financial Director of Severn Waste Services, said: “We are delighted to have funded this exciting new exhibition at Worcestershire County Museum.
"Severn Waste Services works closely with community groups and local schools and we hope that old and young alike will enjoy what is revealed about Worcestershire’s fascinating past.”
Robert Ruffle, Chairman of Worcestershire Archaeological Society, said: “We are very happy and proud to have been able to help with the creation of the new gallery at Hartlebury, which will be a wonderful addition to the resources for studying the archaeology of the county and will fill a gap in the museum’s presentation of the county’s past.”
Deborah Fox, Senior Curator with Museums Worcestershire, added: “We are extremely grateful to Severn Waste Services for funding this exciting new gallery which allows us to tell the fascinating story of the county’s rich archaeology. It will be an important resource for primary age children to learn all about prehistory, after all, what we learn about our past helps us to understand the world today.”
On Ancient Tracks opens to visitors on Sunday, 22 July with Dig It, a special family event, from 11am to 4pm.
For more information call the County Museum at Hartlebury Castle on 01299 250416 or visit www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk