Well-known TV personality and academic, Professor Roberts, “delighted” to become Patron of the site, known for its prehistoric caves and Ice Age art.

Creswell Crags is delighted to announce Professor Alice Roberts as its new Patron. Famous for its Ice Age cave art, archaeological and paleontological finds linking its limestone caves to prehistoric hunters and creatures such as woolly mammoths and hyenas, the site recently hit the headlines for the discovery of the largest collection of protective ‘Witch Marks’ found in the UK. This latest discovery was featured on a 2019 episode of Digging for Britain, which Professor Roberts Presents.

Alice Roberts [Paul Wilkinson Photography]

Professor Roberts visited the site in 2010 to see the Ice Age rock art in Church Hole cave as part of the first series of Digging for Britain. As a high profile media and academic personality, known for her work with prehistory, science, and evolution, her expertise is highly relevant to Creswell Crags.

Alice Roberts said “I’m delighted to become a Patron of this incredibly important site – with rock art dating back to the end of the Palaeolithic, when ancient hunter gatherer groups were recolonising Britain, as the ice sheets of the last Ice Age were retreating. From that ancient rock art – the most northerly in Europe – to later ‘witches’ mark’ engravings, Creswell Crags is steeped in mystery and history.”

Managed by Creswell Heritage Trust, an independent charity entirely reliant on donations and ticket sales, Creswell Crags, on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border, is a popular, award-winning visitor attraction and beauty spot, with a museum containing artefacts from the collection of the British Museum and Natural History Museum, regular cave tours, and a unique special events programme. The previous patron was naturalist David Bellamy, who died in late 2019.

Dr Tim Caulton, Chair of Creswell Heritage Trust said: “Creswell Heritage Trust is absolutely delighted that Professor Alice Roberts has accepted our invitation to become Patron of the Trust. Alice is an enthusiastic, popular and well-respected supporter of public engagement with science, history and archaeology and as such she embodies the aims and aspirations of staff, trustees and supporters of Creswell Crags as we strive to become a site of World Heritage Status.”

Paul Baker, Executive Director of Creswell Heritage Trust said: “The appointment of Professor Roberts as a new patron marks a significant moment in the evolution of Creswell Heritage Trust. We are honoured that Alice has accepted our invitation and we look forward to working with her and welcoming her to the site. Her reputation and academic credentials perfectly reflect those of our site and we applaud the work she has undertaken for other charities. This signifies a wonderful start to 2020.”