Workshops and Events

2965 people attended the 60 events that were delivered through the project. Events ranged from visual arts workshops linked with the art installation to formal lectures on the Ice Age environment delivered by experts in the field.

 

A range of artists delivered workshops to both adults and children, including batik painting, cave painting, story-telling, creative-writing and clay sculpture. Through these sessions we explored how our ancestors interpreted their world and the possible meaning behind the artwork that survives from this enigmatic period.

 

Lectures and talks for adults covered diverse topics including the impacts of global climate change, Ice Age animals, Ice Age art, the William Smith map, the conservation and care of artefacts in the museum and the 19th/20th scientists and scholars who were instrumental in our current understanding of the Ice Age.

 

A programme of training for metal detectorists was delivered across the West Midlands region. Many of the Palaeolithic artefacts found in this area have been spotted on the surface by fieldwalkers. Detectorists are keen eyes on the ground, but Palaeolithic artefacts are notoriously difficult to identify. The training, organised in partnership with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, and funded by the Council for British Archaeology West Midlands, equipped detectorists with the skills to recognise Paleolithic and other prehistoric stone tools. 198 metal detectorists attended sessions and the feedback was very positive.