Pride of The Peak

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Did anyone see ‘Dynasties’ (the Attenborough programme) on lions last night? Mon Dieu I was gripped! I wanted to watch it because I’m obsessing about big cat movement at the moment – but was absolutely blown away by the photography and gripped by the tense narrative of survival.

It’s extraordinary to think that this exact story was being played out in the Peak District 30,000 odd years ago – lions, hyaenas, ungulates, elephants…

A couple of weeks ago I spent a morning in the museum stores with Ros Westwood — in which the conversation was as stimulating as what was on the shelves. But what was hidden away in myriad boxes was extraordinary nevertheless.

Here is a box of lion bones from Hindlow Quarry — a family group identical to the Marsh Pride in whose story the nation became engrossed for a short while last night…

It’s sobering to think that if we don’t get our act together and find ways of sharing wealth more evenly around the world then boxes like these will soon be all we have of lions full stop.

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