Saturday, 21 July 2012

Ice Age 5 features the Ilford Mammoth!

Image of Steppe Mammoth Plaque

Located in Ilford the BPCA is proud of the Paleontological history of our town, noted for the only complete Mammoth Skull and largest deposits of Mammoth remains ever found in Britain.

The complete skull is still one of the highlights of the various exhibitions in the Natural History Museum London and is termed "Ilford Mammoth"

On Sunday 22nd July 2012 we will be installing a plaque to highlight the major Steppe Mammoth archaeological finds.  A former plaque that had been installed during the Festival of Britain was stolen in January.

BPCA will in tandem hold a community fun day with a free barbecue and music day, at which we invite you to come and get your free "Mammoth Burgers".  There will also be some face-painting, Nail art and Henna painting activities which be charged for - all proceeds go to the victims of recent Pakistani floods.  The event will also celebrate the Olympic Torch relay that will pass by on Ilford Lane, straight after the plaque unveiling - a first for Ilford and a monumental day for Britain!

Event Details:

Date:                                              Sunday 22nd July 2012
Time:                                              08:00 - 16:00
Location:                                        Car Park of Ilford Methodist Church corner of Britannia Road and                                                                                
                                                       Ilford Lane.  
Activities:                                        Unveiling of Mammoth plaque, musical entertainment, free barbecue, 
                                                       face-pinting, henna tattoos, Nail art and games for Children.                                   
We are proud of the senior guest speakers at our event which will include:

  • Professor Adrian Lister - Paleontological department at the Natural History Museum London - World expert on Mammoths.
  • William George - Former Professional Archivist and Geologist - Member of GeoEssex
  • Terry Quirk a retired university lecture and leader of "Ilford Mammoth Project
Our thanks to contributors to the design and text for the monument including
  • Peter Collins - Member of London GeoDiversity Partnership
  • Ian Dowling - Local Historian for Ilford Central Library
  • Natural History Museum Pictures Department and Paleontology Department
Many local people from Ilford will have watched Ice Age 4 without realising that only a few metres away Mammoths such as those depicted in the Warner movie, once walked our ancient lands.  Come to our barbecue and learn more about the Pleistocene Steppe Mammoths that once roamed free in Ilford - incidentally during the 5th Ice Age.  Perhaps Warner Studios will reflect this within future sequels...

Further details on the Redbridge Olympic torch relay can be sourced here:

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