In 2015-16 rare evidence for Ice Age hunters was excavated at Bradgate Park overlooking the Little Matlock Gorge. We can interpret their activities from the flint tools they left behind. However, to fully appreciate their rich culture, we have to look to sites where their art is preserved.

Come along to hear the remarkable story behind the discovery of Britain’s earliest works of art created by our Ice Age ancestors in the caves of Creswell Crags in Nottinghamshire, just a couple of days walk away from Bradgate for an Ice Age hunter.

Paul Bahn

A unique combination of skills, experience and pure good fortune meant that in the space of a single morning in April 2003 archaeologist Paul Bahn and his colleagues revealed wall engravings of prehistoric creatures which had gone unseen and unremarked for at least 13,000 years. 

Now the Bradgate Park Trust, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, has arranged a rare opportunity to hear the inside story of the discoveries by Paul, an internationally recognised archaeologist and author who specialises in prehistoric art, winning the 2017 Current Archaeology Awards ‘Book of the Year for Images of the Ice Age.

Tickets are available with a non-refundable £1 booking fee, and we are inviting donations of £5 per person on the day to help us with essential costs relating to this event and the on-going work on the Ice Age past (please note the donation is not for The Bradgate Park Trust, but our partner "Ice Age Journeys")

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  • You will be able to browse and purchase Paul’s books on art in archaeology at the event (payment by cash or cheque please)
  • You can visit the Creswell Crags heritage site – see
  • You can see the prehistoric art in person by going on a guided tour - for further details  see the Creswell Crags website
  • Can’t make July 23rd but would like to hear Paul speak? Don’t despair - we have also arranged for Paul to provide his presentation on 2 May at Newark Academy from  7.30-9.00 pm, and on 3 May from 1.00pm to 2.30pm at the University of Nottingham – visit  [email protected]
  • This year Bradgate Park Trust is working in partnership with  Ice Age Journeys and Creswell Crags with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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