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The Museum vividly communicates the story of the people and history of Biggar and the Upper Clydesdale area. Tracing the history of the area, from the formation of the landscape through the arrival of the Neolithic peoples, the Bronze Age, the Roman occupation, 12th Century Flemish settlers, the Covenanter’s, exploring the area’s agricultural heritage and a reconstruction of a Scottish Victorian street.
Visit the museum to hear about their trials and escapades as they become inextricably caught up in the saga of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Look out for the reconstructed model of the Fleming family home in Biggar, Boghall Castle.
A National Museums Scotland touring exhibition Discover how life on earth moved from water onto land 360-345 million years ago through ground-breaking discoveries made in Scotland in Fossil Hunters at Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum from 15th October – 15th January 2017. In Fossil Hunters, meet the people who uncovered these remarkable finds, discover the scientific techniques used to extract and identify them, and glimpse what life was like before the dinosaurs.
Until recently no fossil evidence had been found to explain how vertebrate life stepped from water to land, leading to a gap in our scientific knowledge of evolution. Known as Romer’s Gap, this mystery has been challenging palaeontologists for generations. However, after years of searching, the answers have begun to be unearthed.
In 2008, palaeontologist Stan Wood uncovered a number of fossils which began to reveal this key chapter in the history of evolution, including a notable amphibian specimen nicknamed ‘Ribbo’. Spurred on by these finds, researchers from National Museums Scotland and institutions around the country have been working together to uncover more examples in Scotland.
In Fossil Hunters, meet the people who uncovered these remarkable finds, discover the scientific techniques used to extract and identify them, and glimpse what life was like before the dinosaurs.
Fossil Hunters is a National Museums Scotland touring exhibition.
Supported by the Natural Environment Research Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.