Surviving the Stone Age

Saturday, January 28, 2012 to Saturday, May 12, 2012

Booking: No booking required.
Cost: Normal admission charges apply.

When the climate changes from warm to freezing, the plants and animals you rely on for food and clothing die out or disappear, how would YOU survive?  Packed full of fun activities set alongside Ice Age animal bones and the oldest objects made by people found in this area, this exhibition looks at how the earliest people survived over 300,000 years ago.

Specially suited for primary school ages or families, but with something of interest for everyone, you will be asked to think about whether you think you could have lived in a time before farming, when people survived by hunting and gathering and when extreme climate change threatened their existence. 

Plus, there is free admission for children (with an accompanying paying adult) if you enter our Cave Art competition. Click here to print out one of the cave art pictures to colour in or complete with your own design. Bring your finished work into the museum together with a completed entry form to claim your free entry to the exhibition. We will also display your picture in the exhibition and you have chance to win a special Behind the Scenes tour with the Museum’s Director who will even let you touch a real mammoth bone!

To give you a few ideas about what real cave art was like, follow these links.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/handsonhistory/ancient-britain.shtml

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_art

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lascaux

This exhibition includes loans from Hampshire & Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology http://www.hwtma.org.uk/; Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum http://russell-cotes.bournemouth.gov.uk/; and Hampshire County Council Museums Service http://www3.hants.gov.uk/museum/museums.htm