News in March 2015

  • Mar 13

    Natural History Museum comes to Creswell Crags

    Creswell Crags is to showcase some of the ancient treasures of the Natural History Museum in a free, temporary exhibition opening on the 14th March. “Humans in Ancient Britain” runs until the 7th June and will tell the fascinating story of Neanderthals and modern humans in the UK.

     

    Following the success of the recent blockbuster exhibition, “One Million Years of the Human Story in Britain,” the Natural History Museum has put together some of the most fascinating objects in a new, travelling exhibition.   The exhibition features some of the oldest human remains ever found in Britain – the Swanscombe skull, found in Kent is thought to be 400,000 years old. Alongside this, objects illustrating the story of modern humans in Britain including an intricately carved 14,000-year-old harpoon point. 

    The Natural History Museum’s Prof Chris Stringer said: “There’s great symbolism in the regional tour starting at Creswell Crags, where archaeological digs show that it’s an area steeped in ancient human activity. Touring these objects will help academics and visitors consider how these communities once lived.”  “

    The Natural History Museum collections augment the finds from Creswell and serve to provide a wider UK context for our intriguing story,” explains Hannah Boddy, Exhibitions Manager at Creswell Crags. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to see such ancient treasures whilst they are in the region.” 

    The Crags will be running a series of events in connection to the exhibition including a survival-skills day on 31st May and a lecture by Prof Chris Stringer on 12th May. 


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