Earlier this year, Weston Museum launched a competition to name one of its most popular collection items; the Iron Age dog skeleton found on Dibble’s farm in 1970.

The competition was open to key stage 1 & 2 children of the town and the response was fantastic. Children sent in their suggestions which covered a wide range of lovely names. In the end though, the name ‘Rusty’ was chosen, not just because it was the most popular name entered, but it also pays homage to Rusty’s Iron Age heritage.

The four excited winners were invited to Grove House on Wednesday 8Th of June to be awarded their certificates and prizes of a museum goodie bag each, by the new Mayor, Councillor Alan Peak, and the Mayoress. Museum Outreach Assistant, Jill Cowles, said that ‘the winners spent a lovely hour chatting and enjoying games at Grove House, even pushing slinky springs down the stairs and pretending to be Mayors themselves by sitting in the Mayoral chair!’. The children took the opportunity to fully explore the Mayor’s parlour, learn about what a Mayor does and even admire the silverware.

Rusty will now become the museum’s official children’s mascot so you may hear more of his adventures and see him at events in future!

The Iron Age is an important era for Weston and the museum, with important sites like Worlebury Hill Fort. The museum runs an Iron Age school session as part of its learning programme, details of which can be found by visiting the learning resources page.