Rusty Young Archaeologist Club

Are you a young explorer who loves history and archaeology? Join our Young Archaeologist Club, which we call ‘Rusty Club’ after our mascot ‘Rusty the Iron Age Dog’.

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Who is Rusty?

Rusty is our mascot, he is based on the skeleton of a dog that was excavated on a dig at Dibble’s Farm in Christon (not far from Weston) and is now on display in our Living Landscape gallery. He lived during the Iron Age, which was a time about 2000 years ago when people lived in tribes and kept dogs for help when hunting.

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What do I get if I become a member?

By becoming a member of Rusty Club, you get to join in with fun activities each month, everything from making prehistoric pots to digging for dinosaur bones, as well as going on trips to local historical sites like our Iron Age hill fort. You will also be a member of YAC (Young Archaeologist Club) – http://www.yac-uk.org/, which is a national club, this means that you can get a member pass which gives you discounts for visiting some other places around the country.

What age do I need to be to join?

The club is for 8-16 years olds.

When do we meet?

The club meets for a fun, interesting and active session usually on the first Saturday morning of each month, either at the museum or for occasional trips out to historical locations in the local area. The sessions at the museum start at 10.30 and finish around 12, external visit times will vary.

How much does it cost?

You can pay for 6 months of meets in advance for £25. This means that there will always be a space reserved for you at those meetings. The payment period covers from January to June or from July to December.

Past meets

Past sessions in the museum have covered everything from Bronze Age pottery to Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations, members have had the chance to get involved in hands on crafts and educational games. We have also made external visits to the Banwell Bone Caves, Worlebury Hill Fort and Uphill Church, accompanied by experts in history and archaeology, including our County Archaeologist, Cat Lodge and Conservation Officer, Kate Hudson-McAulay and Time Team’s Phil Harding.

We have lots more planned for the coming months, with cave art, Christmas traditions, future archaeology and historical food, so get involved!