The Ice Age Island Pop-Up Museum returns to Jersey
The Ice Age Island Pop-Up Museum will again be on location at Les Varines throughout July. Visitors will be able to see a team of academics and students in action at the dig, handle real Ice Age objects, witness any discoveries as they are uncovered, try flint knapping and learn more about the Island’s Ice Age past through the illustrations of Year 10 Hautlieu art students. There is a free Shuttle bus to and from the site from La Hougue Bie Museum, where the Ice Age Island exhibition, sponsored by Capco Trust, goes into further detail about this important archaeological project to date.
Jersey Heritage, working in partnership with La Société Jersiaise and the National Trust for Jersey, is co-ordinating the Ice Age Island research, which launched last year and forms part of a three-year archaeological project. Sponsored by Capco Trust and supported by the Tourism Development Fund (TDF), the project will further explore Jersey’s unique heritage stretching back over a quarter of a million years. The team at Les Varines is made up of U.K. academics and students (British Museum, University College London, University of Manchester, Trinity St. Davids and St. Andrews).
Four Army tents will be used to display the Hautlieu students’ art work. The Archaeologists have been very specific about what they need and have asked each of the three year 10 classes to design images about the Ice Age story of Jersey, The Magdalenian Period and the process of archaeology. Each student has been given a 6 foot by 3 foot canvas to use, with their finished worked being secured to the tents. As well as providing students with a fabulous opportunity to showcase their talents to a wide audience, this project enables the young artists to achieve a second qualification in GCSE Art (Applied Arts).
Dr Matt Pope, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, commented ‘We are really excited to be coming back for the third season of Ice Age Island. Not only are we expecting lots of new finds from our excavation in St Saviours, but we hope to make new discoveries around the islands coastline. We are looking forward to sharing our discoveries with the island through site tours, lectures and regular updates on social media. We want everyone to share in the excitement of discovering Jersey's Ice Age past’.