Something for the weekend: from Neanderthals to WWII

Exhibitions on the Battle of the Somme, the photography of Lee Miller and the history of Britain stretching all the way back to Neanderthals all feature

Parkside exhibitions and phase 2 progress. 130214.

The students of Birmingham City University have created a beautiful installation out of paper and cardboard to commemorate the centenary of World War I. They have built life-size trenches and soldiers out of brown paper to demonstrate the horror of the battlefield and the hardships of the men who fought.

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The poignant scenes of the TPE Paper Installation: Battle of the Somme are completed with sound effects and lighting. The installation was achieved in only four weeks and with a budget of £450.

TPE Paper Installation: Battle of the Somme is at The Shell Theatre, in Birmingham City University’s Parkside Building, until 28 February.

Art Exchange, University of Essex

Today is the last opportunity to see the photography exhibtion, Lee Miller’s War.

Model and photographer Lee Miller’s work during World War II has cemented her reputation as one of the most influential female icons of the 20th century. In 1944, Miller became a war correspondent with the US Army – the only woman in combat photojournalism in Europe. She was there for the liberation of Paris and was one of the first to see Buchenwald and Dachau concentration camps.

Lee Miller’s War includes some of her most powerful images. The shot of the photographer herself sat in Hitler’s bathtub is particularly memorable.

Natural History Museum, London

That exhibition may be coming to an end but Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story, has just opened.

This is a chance to explore what Britain may have looked like a million years ago and learn more about the early people that lived there. Archaeological digs in Devon, North Wales and Norfolk have revealed some incredible things: the earliest known Neanderthal skull in Britain; the world’s oldest wooden spear; and the largest hand axe found in Europe.

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The exhibition runs until 28 September.