The project Conserving Creswell Crags had two key aims

• to protect the fragile and irreplaceable scientific resource at Creswell Crags by developing the site’s infrastructure to enable safe and sustainable access to Church Hole Cave (the cave containing the majority of the unique rock art images)
• to develop the interpretation of Creswell Crags in order that visitors are able to develop an awareness for the site’s significance and help in its future protection.

Conserving Creswell Crags therefore had two key objectives:

1. The construction of a new and permanent high quality visitor viewing platform within Church Hole, a cave on the southern cliff within Nottinghamshire, that enables visitors to safely access the rock art and experience first hand the in situ engravings therefore placing the visitor in the same place as our ancestors 13,000 years ago.

2. The development of an enhanced and exceptional visitor experience within the new Museum and Education Centre and throughout the site through the development of :

a. 5 permanent interactive exhibits within key visitor circulation areas in the Museum providing activities for families to engage with the archaeology and Ice Age story at Creswell Crags.

b. A programme of tours to specifically to Church Hole cave to view the rock art.



Interactive exhibition launch 1st April 2011

David Atkinson

Launch speeches by David Atkinson (Lafarge Aggregates) and Diane Ghilespy

(East Midlands Development Agency)

Dianne Ghilespy

On Tour

Launch Tour to Church Hole Cave


The cave platform and ‘interactive zone’ was supported by the Rural Development Programme for England 2007 - 2013 LEADER Approach in the Bolsover and North East Derbyshire LEADER area and Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK through their Landfill Communities Fund.


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