Dig this City!

by Rich Howorth History Archaeology Science Spotlight on Brighton Research

New Brighton & Hove archaeology gallery opens!

You can now get up close and personal with some of the earliest residents of Sussex at the new exciting archaeology gallery at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery (situated in the Royal Pavilion Gardens, BN1 1EE).

Discover the fascinating stories of the earliest residents of Brighton & Hove through the centuries, from the Ice Age to the Saxons. At the heart of the exhibition are five forensically accurate 3D facial reconstructions which reveal the faces of people whose remains were found locally, as well as two from human species living in Europe in the Ice Age. Using modern scientific technology, research into the lives of these people has discovered a wealth of mystery, drama and tragedy through childbirth, witchcraft and possibly murder! Now for the first time you can see what they looked like and learn their real-life stories.

Elaine Evans Archaeology gallery opens at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery - January 2019

This young Neolithic woman was buried nearly 6,000 years ago at Whitehawk Causewayed Enclosure

Other highlights include:
- now-extinct creatures, such as the woolly mammoth, wandering the streets of Brighton in hyper-realistic digital animated scenes
- a birds eye view of the Sussex coastline showing how it has changed over the last 250,000 years
- images of reconstructed ancient local places, like Whitehawk Camp (Neolithic) and Hollingbury Hill Fort (Iron Age)
- archaeological objects such as the unique Bronze Age Amber Cup, the Woodingdean stag statuette, and the mysterious Sussex loops
- time travel through the centuries in children’s stories by local author Imogen White and artist Jennifer Khatun

The Living Coast is proud to be a part of the new gallery, through a display case exhibit, promotion in new audio-visual films, and an expert video interview in the ‘science corner’.

The brand-new gallery has been designed to appeal to families and children, as well as students and people interested in archaeology and history. Named after its major benefactor, ‘The Elaine Evans Archaeology Gallery’ is the first new gallery devoted to ancient history in Brighton & Hove for over 20 years, following a public petition from the Brighton & Hove Archaeology Society (of which local resident Elaine Evans is an active member).

The Elaine Evans Archaeology Gallery opens on Saturday 26th January 2019.

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