Case 1 - Footprints from the past

Case 1 - Introduction

The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.
Socrates (died 399 BC)

Children outnumbered adults for most of human history, yet they rarely appear in the stories that museums tell. A past without children is incomplete. This exhibition aims to redress the balance. We start with the earliest evidence we have of children in the archaeological record - footprints from the distant past.

Happisburgh Footprint Project
Early Pleistocene, 780,000 - 1 million years ago

In May 2013, fierce storms on the Norfolk coast uncovered footprints left by children and adults... [Read more...]

On loan by the kind permission of Wendlebury Gate Stables, Network Rail and Chiltern Railways
Roman, 1st - 2nd century AD

About 2,000 years ago, a Roman toddler stepped on a still-drying roof tile, leaving behind a... [Read more...]


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