Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story

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Natural History Museum

Until Sun Sep 28

  • Homo Sapien model

    © Kevin Webb/NHM Image Resources

    Homo Sapien model
  • Neanderthal model

    © Kevin Webb/NHM Image Resources

    Neanderthal model

Homo Sapien model

© Kevin Webb/NHM Image Resources

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Curated London

Who’d have thought there used to be hippos and lions roaming the banks of the Thames? 125,000 years ago, this would have been a common sight. This is just one of dozens of revelations visitors to the NHM’s blockbuster exhibition can uncover this summer.

The curators have done a brilliant job of making the information accessible and engaging. What could otherwise have been a great deal of flint has been brought to life with videos, maps, artists’ reconstructions and more. 

The real highlight comes in the final room, in the form of two life-sized (and incredibly life-like) models. One is Homo Sapiens, modern man’s great-grandfather, and the other is a Neanderthal, sort of like our great-uncle. They are presented nude (so we can ‘better understand their physique’, according to the text - no wonder the ice age did for them). Together with several hands-on artefacts, they bring to life a period of history normally incomprehensible to most of us. 

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Derek  Grasby

A very helpful write up of future events in LOndon - as one who only travels to the capital infrequently (although would enjoy more frequent trips) your succinct accounts of furute exhibitions makes it possible for me to plan trips and make the most of what the galleries in London have to offer. Many thanks.