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6th August 2015

Norfolk's Happisburgh Beach future is overseen by British Museum

In 2013 Happisburgh Beach in Norfolk became famous, it became important, it became valuable because in 2013 footprints were thrown up from beach that belonged to the earliest form of man we know about. Dr Nick Ashton of the B.M will oversee the work that will be carried out to discover more hidden secrets of our predecessors.

Axe handles were among other artefacts found giving rise to the theory that this area, Happisburgh Beach was home to the first "human being" for a million years and the first in Northern Europe. However with the failure of the previous sea defences, the cliffs have moved again and the rocks need to be moved closer together to be effective as a defence. This work could cost in the region of £75,000 and hopefully it will not cause too much disruption to the new play area, beach access and car park as they will be able to remain open.

The findings from the beach are on display in the British Museum until September and you will be shown from ten years of studies by experts from the Natural History Museum,  how over the million years, how the cultures have changed as have our landscapes.

It could all have been so easily lost if it had not been for the wife of Mike Chambers.  Mike was walking his dog on the beach one day back in 2000 and he came across a Hand Axe on the beach, Mike did not place any importance on this Hand Axe at all, but his wife knew better and made Mike take it along to the British Museum and the rest as they say, is history.  It truly was history in the making, helping us trace the first of our kind.