Wednesday, 29 February 2012

News - Notts County Council support for ‘Ice Age’ tourist centre (Creswell)

Nottinghamshire County Council has approved plans to continue to help provide vital funding for the Creswell Heritage Trust for the next financial year.
The Creswell Crags, in Welbeck, near Worksop, sit on the border of both Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, and are recognised as one of Britain’s most important cultural, archaeological and scientific sites. In 2003, archaeologists discovered Britain’s only Ice Age rock art in Church Hole Cave as part of the Crags.
A recent decision made by Coun John Cottee, Cabinet Member for Culture and Community at Nottinghamshire County Council, has approved for £38,000 to support the Trust for the coming financial year.
The money will go towards helping running costs of the museum and visitor centre and the outreach programme for 2012-13.
The Creswell Heritage Trust opened up a new visitor centre in 2009, funded largely by the Heritage Lottery Fund and has had funding since then from both Nottinghamshire County Council and Derbyshire County Council.
Coun John Cottee said: “We are delighted to be able to support the Creswell Heritage Trust for the next financial year with this funding.
“The Crags represent the most northerly place on earth to be visited by humans during the Ice Age, providing a unique opportunity to share an incredible story of life both then and now.”
Nottinghamshire County Council highlights the success story of the Creswell visitor centre with increasing visitor numbers each year. In 2011/12, the Trust was also included on the new UK Tentative List of future World Heritage Site Nominations to UNESCO, and any Government nomination must first involve a challenging technical evaluation process which the Trust must undertake.
Last autumn, a new archaeological publication about Stone Age Nottinghamshire was launched at Creswell Crags. ‘Stone Age Nottinghamshire’ was written by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Conservation (Heritage) staff David Budge and Chris Robinson and edited by Virginia Baddeley, and published by the county council’s Libraries, Archives and Information Publications Group.
‘Stone Age Nottinghamshire’ can be purchased at £7.50 from Nottinghamshire Archives and major libraries. It can also be purchased by post by sending a cheque for £10.50 (including £3.00 for postage and packaging) payable to Nottinghamshire County Council to: Libraries, Archives and Information, 4th Floor, County Hall, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QP.

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