Event: Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story
Location: Natural History Museum, SW7
Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story is a major Natural History Museum exhibition on early humankind. Twelve years of research have gone into the exhibition to bring to life prehistoric human existence in Britain.
As well as life-size models of human species that inhabited Britain (see the short film about making the models), the museum is showing rarely displayed items such as the oldest wooden spear in the world, and the oldest Neanderthal skull found in Britain.
The exhibition tells the story of dramatic climate change over the last million years causing various waves of human colonisation and decolonisation, sometimes with gaps of up to 100,000 years in human existence in Britain. Today’s Britons are the result of the tenth attempt to inhabit the land 12,000 years ago, making our population younger than the Australians, Africans and continental Europeans.
The Natural History Museum also has a huge permanent collection, its famous dinosaur exhibits just part of the 70 million specimens it holds. It is housed in one of London’s most beautiful museums, a gothic Victorian splendour, and is next door to both the Science Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
The exhibition Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story is on at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington from 13 Feb to 28 Sep, open daily 10am to 5.50pm, and until 10.30pm on the last Friday of every month – 28 Feb, 28 Mar, 25 Apr, 30 May, 27 Jun, 25 Jul, 29 Aug & 26 Sep.