Lost Landscapes of Worcestershire

Celebrating our Ice Age past

From woolly mammoths bathing in the River Severn to prehistoric lions hunting the grasslands beneath Bredon Hill, Ice Age life in Worcestershire was diverse and fascinating.  In 2017/18 Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, in partnership with The Hive and Museums Worcestershire delivered a project to celebrate over half a million years of the area’s prehistory from the time our ancestors first arrived until the end of the last Ice Age 12,000 years ago.  The project culminated in an art installation and exhibitions in The Hive and Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum in summer 2018, alongside an exciting programme of education, research, conservation and exploration.  Largely funded through Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, the project also benefited from match funding and support from a range of other organisations including West Midlands Museum Development, Council for British Archaeology West Midlands, Tomlinson-Brown Trust, Severn Waste and Worcestershire Archaeological Society.  More details about the project and the evaluation report can be found at


​ An in-depth account of the Ice Age in the area now known as Worcestershire can be found on alongside downloadable resources and links to other regional and national projects.