From the arrival of the earliest modern human to the people of the present day, our Settlers exhibition tells the dynamic story of Britain's ever-changing population as revealed by genetics, archaeology and demography.


Where did we come from?

The history of Britain’s population is all about arriving, staying and settling, or leaving, moving and settling elsewhere. People from continental Europe began to settle in different parts of Britain after the last Ice Age, around 12,000 years ago. Ever since, these islands have been continuously occupied as new arrivals mixed with existing residents.


Who are we?

Our genes make us who we are, and they are made of DNA. Our human and non-human ancestors have passed this DNA down to us over millions of years. Groups of settlers who gradually populated Britain after the last Ice Age ended 11,600 years ago each contributed their own genetic signatures.


Stones and Bones

Discover the changing climates, peoples and animals of British pre-history in our volunteer-led object handling sessions.

Saturdays, 11am to 1pm, until 16 September.


Exhibition artwork

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

We commissioned this artwork for the exhibition from contemporary artist Ian Kirkpatrick. The work explores the social and natural causes behind human migration, both in ancient times and in the present day. On display until 16 September 2018. 





Learning resources

ian kirkpatrick art sketchbooks

Download our learning resource on Ian Kirkpatrick's artwork to guide your visit to the Museum.