‘Unearthed’ exhibition at the Dean Heritage Centre

Unearthed exhibition at the Dean Heritage Centre

‘Unearthed’ – what did trilobites eat for tea and why did ammonites have blue blood?

Three giant fossils have come back to life and crawled out of the sea to spend part of the summer at the Dean Heritage Centre.

From Monday 20th until Friday 31st August, visitors to the Dean Heritage Centre can see a brand new exhibition which includes three large scale interactive sculptures made from willow, clay and wool. The unique venture is a result of a year-long art project by Stroud-based Hand And Eye arts partnership.  Interactive mini-workshops will enable visitors to crawl inside the giant trilobite to find out what the ancient creatures ate for tea and how they dealt with poisonous volcanic seas.  Find out how ammonites stayed afloat and why they are thought to have had blue blood.  Make your own mini-creatures from willow, clay or wool and complete a fun quiz to improve your fossil knowledge.

The sculptures have been created by artists Liz Lancashire, Julie Fowler and Susan Early, with the help of 13 schools and 170 volunteers in Gloucestershire.  “Unearthed” is funded by Grants for the Arts (Arts Council) and the Ernest Cook Trust.  The artists have worked alongside members of the community to encourage the continuation of learning manual skills such as knitting for all ages.

The ‘Unearthed’ exhibition is included in the standard entry fee to the Centre. The Interactive sessions are available on Mon 20th, Tues 21st and Wed 22nd August for an additional charge which will be taken by the artists on the day.  The sculptures will then continue their journey around the county stopping at Gloucester Cathedral from 2nd – 29th September and the Museum in the Park, Stroud from the 1st – 29th October.


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