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View climate change through the ages at a south Warwickshire museum

Leamington Editorial 8th Mar, 2023   0

A NEW tour of Market Hall Museum in Warwick is dedicated to climate change.

Climate change can be tracked through long-term changes in global temperatures and weather. In the ancient prehistoric past, these took place naturally, but since the Industrial Revolution, climate change has been largely the result of human actions such as the extraction and use of coal, natural gas and oil.

Now, visitors to Market Hall Museum are invited to visit the free exhibition and join Dr

Jon Radley, Curator of Natural Sciences, to explore the subject of climate change through objects already on display at the museum.




Starting with a display board in reception, visitors will be led on a journey taking in 11 other displays on different elements of climate change.

This includes – ancient pebbles and the sandstone used for the construction of the museum, the decline of bees – with a live demonstration of a beehive – continental drif,t and accounts of pollution in Victorian Warwick.


There is also a brand new film of Dr Jon Radley talking in detail about all the themes which climate change touches upon as evidenced within the museum.

Visitors can view this eight-minute film in the cinema screen area on the ground floor.

This display is semi-permanent and is expected to be in the museum for at least 12 months and will be added to over time.

Warwickshire County Council’s culture and environment spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “Climate change has happened throughout the ages because of natural processes, but in the last 150 years, humans have been the greatest drivers for this change and the resulting environmental collapse. Join us in Market Hall museum for an exploration of all things climate change in Warwickshire and beyond using the wonderfully varied exhibits.

“There are many things that we can all do to make a difference as we face the climate change emergency. One of the most powerful is to educate yourself about the problem and spread that learning to your peers. Now we have a wonderful resource at Market Hall Museum that will help you do just that and I hope our residents take the opportunity to visit.”

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