The Museum in the Park in Stroud is set to reopen on Tuesday (January 25) after its annual deep cleaning.
“While the doors of the museum have been closed to the public, staff have been busy cleaning every room and preparing for the launch of a new exhibit that promises to fascinate visitors of all ages,” a spokesperson said. .
“The new free ‘Ice Age’ exhibit explores half a million years of ancient local history, including climate change, sea level rise, mass migration and species extinction.”
“Thirty-five thousand years ago, the district of Stroud was right on the edge of a gigantic patch of ice, a world completely different from the one we know today.” said Alexia Clark, documentation and collections manager at the Museum in the Park.
“Woolly mammoths and rhinos roamed the area, descending to the Frome to drink. Deer and elk were frequent visitors, with wild horses, aurochs and wild boar being a common sight for the occasional human visitor to the area.
“While we have the remains of all these animals in collections, humans have left almost no trace of their presence here at Stroud.
“Fortunately, the collections of local antiquarian Vernon Parry Kitchin will also allow us to showcase tools from the wider UK to demonstrate how humans lived during the Ice Age.”
“I’m really proud of the service our museum in the park provides to the entire district and beyond,” said Councilor Chris Brine, chair of SDC’s Community Services and Licensing Committee. “In addition to this fantastic exhibit, the museum is an invaluable resource that tells the story of our neighborhood so well.”
‘Ice Age’ is a traveling exhibition from Worcestershire Museums, enriched with rarely seen objects from the Park Museum’s collection. There will also be free online conferences, family activities on weekends and during school holidays.
The Ice Age exhibit was originally part of Lost Landscapes; a joint project between the Worcestershire Archaeological Service and Archives and Worcestershire Museums, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Museum in the Park exhibition will be accompanied by talks and special events made possible by a grant from Arts Council England.
“The museum in the park is an invaluable and engaging educational resource for all, and this special exhibit will generate additional interest for new and repeat visitors,” said Councilor Brine.
The Museum in the Park is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit is free and reservations are not required, but donations are welcome. For more details and events, please visit www.museuminthepark.org.uk.
Get the latest council news, events and service updates straight to your inbox by signing up for our email alerts: https://www.stroud.gov.uk/email-alerts