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Sussex's Stone Age past inspires art in Worthing Museum
Art on display at the Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
Some of the art on display at the Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

Artefacts from Worthing's ancient past have been used to inspire a series of artworks on display at a museum.

Artist and printmaker Helen Higgins was given exclusive hands-on access to Worthing Museum and Art Gallery's archaeological archive.

She used finds from excavations at the St Barnabas House Hospice in 2008 to influence her work.

Her collection will be on display until 7 May 2011.

The excavation at the hospice, in Worthing, discovered Mesolithic flint tools which date back to between 10,000 and 4,500 BC.

There were also ceramic building materials and early Neolithic pottery.

I wanted to be inspired by the artefacts I found
Helen Higgins

Helen said being given hands-on access to the finds helped to connect her to the subject.

"It's fantastic when you think that you're one of two or three people to have handled it since it came out of the ground and was last used," she said.

"One of the items was a piece of clay with a thumb print on it - so you definitely feel the connection there.

Helen Higgins
Helen Higgins was inspired by flint and other ancient artefacts

"When you see something closely that has been hand worked, you get to appreciate how they carved it."

The artworks include prints and photographs of some of the artefacts found during excavation.

Some of these will go on display next to the artefacts at the hospice itself.

Helen added: "The project evolved from the moment I went to see the artefacts.

"I didn't have any preconceived ideas, as I wanted to be inspired by the artefacts I found."

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