- 11th May 2018
We have a range of events coming up, including as part of the Lost Landscapes project, many of which have been arranged since our events leaflet came out in January.
Thu 17 May 6-8pm
Dr Adrian Gregson, our Collections Manager, will talk about his new book about a territorial battalion during WWI. He’s look at the experiences of King’s Liverpool and West Lancashire Division in the First World War, which was similar to many other battalions during the war.
First steps in Family History
Thursdays 11:30am 7 June, 2 Aug
These 1 hour introductions will guide you around the most useful family history resources we hold on the Explore the Past floor and give you some tips on getting started. The sessions take up to 5 people and are £6 per person.
First steps in House History
Thursdays 10am 7 June, 2 Aug
These 1 hour introductions will guide you around the most useful local or house history resources we hold on the Explore the Past floor and give you some tips on getting started. The sessions take up to 5 people and are £6 per person.
Behind the Scenes Tour
Mon 16 July 2:00-3:30pm
Come with us on a behind the scenes tour to see the places you don’t normally get to see, have a look at some of the stand-out items in the archives, see the conservation studio and handle archaeological items we’ve found.
Around the World in 80 Slides
Saturday 28 July 19:30 Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
A musical evening & reinterpretation lecture based on Whinfield’s ‘Around the World in 80 slides’. This year is the centenary of the gift of a set of lantern slides by local man A.W.Whinfield, and they are currently being digitised and conserved. We will be recreating one of slide evening Whinfield used to give around Worcester of his travels.
£8, book via Worcester Live 01905 611427 www.worcesterlive.co.uk
A series of workshop on specific topics to help you understand and get the most out of the collections.
Wed 30 May 2-4pm
We have over 100,000 photos of the county covering the past 120+ years. What sort of images do we have, and how can you search for and access them? Come along and find out.
Wed 20 June 2-4pm
A combination of a court and a forerunner of the County Council, these records contain many fascinating stories about Worcestershire people (such as duck and acorn thieves) but are often underused.
Lost Landscapes Exhibitions 16th June – 8th September
Our Ice Age project, in partnership with Worcester Art Gallery & Museum, reaches its climax with exhibitions and events over the summer looking into Worcestershire’s distant past. The exhibitions will be here in The Hive and at the museum.
Origins of Us –
What does it mean to be human? How does our understanding of where we came from affect the way we see the world? This exhibition explores the way that archaeology, geology, and natural history have shaped our visions of ourselves. For two hundred years, people have been examining the traces of Worcestershire’s landscape for clues to the greatest puzzles of all: how did we get here? When did we become human? What came before us?
The physical traces left by the Ice Age are the key to unlocking the story of the Origins of Us. Discover the characters — the celebrated, the surprising, and the forgotten — who have played a part in the human story of Ice Age Worcestershire.
Through the Mists of Time – An immersive experience inspired by the evolution of humans towards the end of the last Ice Age that led to the birth of modern society. As part of the Lost Landscapes project, and funded through Arts Council England, there will be an audio visual installation celebrating imagination and human ability to go beyond the here and now, constructing shared systems of beliefs and creating symbols, ceremonies and rituals. Digital artists SDNA produce distinctive digital artworks and vibrant interactive experiences for a range of settings, from intimate small scale pieces to ambitious projected installations for outdoor spaces and iconic buildings. We aim to extend the possibilities and reach of digital art by exploring the interaction between moving image, installation, virtual reality and live performance, and by collaborating with a diverse range of participants and audiences. www.movingimage.art .
Ice Age – Celebrating half a million years of Worcestershire’s history, from the time our ancestors arrived until the end of the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago. Over this enormous timespan there were many changes in climate, from woolly mammoths roaming icy tundra in Bromsgrove, to prehistoric lions hunting the grasslands beneath Bredon Hill. Humans came and went with the warming and cooling of the climate. Lost Landscapes of Worcestershire will bring this little known period of our prehistory to life through the Ice Age exhibition and many associated events and activities. Visit Ice Age and come face to face with a Neanderthal, crawl inside our Ice Age shelter and meet Fluffy the Woolly Mammoth.
Families and Children Events
Saturday 16th June – The Hive and Art Gallery and Museum
11:00 – 16:00
Celebrate with us at the opening of the exhibitions in The Hive and the Art Gallery and Museum, and explore Through the Mists of Time art installation on Level 0 of The Hive. There will be free events and activities throughout the day at both venues, including ‘Meet the Artists’ and ‘Meet the Curator’ opportunities and ‘Make and Take’ crafts.
Technology of the Ice Age
Monday 20th August 13:00-16:00: The Hive, Studio. Drop-in
Expert knapper John Lord will be giving a flint knapping demonstration and there will be examples of the tools and materials that our Ice Age ancestors would have utilised.
EEK! – a giant Ice Age batik!
Tuesday 31st July 11:00-15:00 The Hive
Audience: 7 years + (drop-in)
Join Sarah Jones from Eekbatik to produce a GIANT Ice Age archaeology batik for our exhibition. You will learn the traditional art of Indonesian Batik – working with wax and the most wonderful colour dyes. Alongside this will be a workshop exploring how our Ice Age ancestors expressed themselves through art in the Ice Age. Come and create your own cave art!
Adults and Young People Events
Specimen conservation for the Ice Age: freeing the moose head and other stories
Tuesday 10th July – Art Gallery and Museum
13:00 – 13:30
Join us for a lunch-time talk and discover more about specimen conservation for the Ice Age exhibition.
Palaeolithic Life and Environment – Lecture 1
Monday 16th July – The Hive
19:00 – 21:00
Join us for the first of four lectures exploring aspects of Palaeolithic life in ancient Britain and the evidence that we have here in Worcestershire right beneath your feet.
Palaeolithic Life and Environment – Lecture 2
Monday 30th July – The Hive
19:00 – 21:00
Join us for the second of four lectures exploring aspects of Palaeolithic life in ancient Britain and the evidence that we have here in Worcestershire right beneath your feet.
Palaeolithic Life and Environment – Lecture 3
Monday 13th August – The Hive
19:00 – 21:00
Join us for the third of four lectures exploring aspects of Palaeolithic life in ancient Britain and the evidence that we have here in Worcestershire right beneath your feet.
Bite Size Talk – Graven upon their old bones: Worcestershire’s nineteenth century Ice Age collectors
Tuesday 14th August – Art Gallery and Museum
13:00 – 13:30
Join us for a 30 minute bite-sized talk on Worcestershire’s nineteenth century Ice Age collectors
Palaeolithic Life and Environment – Lecture 4
Monday 3rd Sept – The Hive
19:00 – 21:00
Professor Ian Fairchild, Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Birmingham and Trustee of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust completes our lectures series with a look at climate change past, present and future.
Booking for events can be found at http://www.thehiveworcester.org/explore-the-past-events.html