Neanderthal exhibition at National History Museum

Date Posted: 10/01/2014

Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story is a new exhibition at London’s Natural History Museum uncovering what life was like for our ancient relatives nearly one million years ago.

The collection will feature remarkable finds on show in the UK for the first time. Highlights include the Swanscombe skull from the earliest known Neanderthal in Britain, and the Clacton spear, reportedly the oldest wooden spear in the world.

Aiming to reveal the changing faces and spaces of prehistoric Britain, the latest scientific techniques and life-size models will bring rarely seen specimens to life.

Students can look back - long before the Romans, Saxons and Vikings - to piece together how humans came and went in Britain over the last million years.

Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story will also explore the varying landscapes and extraordinary wildlife living in the UK at this time: hyenas in Yorkshire, mammoths in Kensington, lions and rhinos in Trafalgar Square, and hippos swimming in the Thames - some of which were hunted and eaten by our relatives.

These animals and plants tell of the ever-changing landscapes with which ancient humans had to contend.

Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story opens on 13th February and runs until 28th September.

Booking a visit for a school group

Teachers are advised to make a preliminary visit to the museum to familiarise yourself with the facilities available.

For more school trip information contact:

020-7942 5555

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