King's Worcester

22 June

King’s Pupil Thomas Holland Completes Duke of Edinburgh Volunteering at The Hive

Ninety Upper Remove (Year 10) pupils are participating in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme this year. One of them, Thomas Holland (UR Chappel), completed his volunteering activity by working in the Archaeology department at The Hive in Worcester. He assisted in the production of an exhibition called The Lost Landscapes of Worcestershire. Here he describes his involvement in the project.

The exhibition investigates how Worcestershire would have looked during the Ice Age, and also the contribution early scientists and archaeologists have made to our modern understanding. As well as cataloguing documents and helping in setting up the exhibition, I researched the life of Hugh Strickland, an early Victorian geologist and friend of Charles Darwin.

Strickland’s discoveries during excavations of a fully preserved woolly mammoth in the Strensham Hills, remains of a hippopotamus in Cropthorne’s fluvial deposits and a complete fossilised tusk found near the Malvern Hills, sparked world-wide interest in fossil collecting and changed forever the way the geology of Britain was understood.

My research gave the curators a link between many items in archive and Hugh Strickland’s work. These items, as well as other finds of his, are on display for the first time in over ninety years. Running alongside the main exhibition are family friendly activities, an immersive digital art experience Through the Mists of Time and a programme of lectures from visiting experts. The exhibition also features a huge walk-over map, a copy of an 1812 original geological depiction of Ice Age Britain; The Map that Changed the World.

Information about the Lost Landscapes exhibition can be found at and

The exhibition has just opened and runs until 16th September at The Hive and the City Museum and Art Gallery. Admission is free.