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Explore Origins of Us & Through the Mists of Time at The Hive

Lost Landscapes of Worcestershire the story of the Ice Age

From Saturday 16 June until Saturday 8 September, The Hive hosts Origins of Us exhibition and Through the Mists of Time art installation. The exhibition and art installation are part of Lost Landscapes; a joint project between Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, The Hive and Museums Worcestershire, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

Lost Landscapes celebrates half a million years of Worcestershire's history, from the time our ancestors arrived until the end of the last Ice Age 12,000 years ago.

Origins of Us, in the Atrium of The Hive, 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, on level 0 of The Hive, is 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. There will be an interactive 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.

There is a programme of activities and workshops led by artists including a three-day summer project co-ordinated by Meadow Arts.

The Hive is free and open Monday Sunday 8.30am to 10.00pm. For more information see the website www.iceageworcestershire.com or email explorethepast@worcestershire.gov.uk