Explore and play across history with Rusty the dog!

Join in with Rusty's Time Travelling Adventures by downloading a home learning pack and read stories of Rusty the Iron Age Dog's life with Bran and Alena

Rusty the dog (the museum's mascot) has discovered how to travel back in time and is visiting some of our favourite historical eras. He wants you to explore with him!

Click below on the images of Rusty to download a free home learning pack from each era, containing activity ideas and instructions, information and colouring in.
We love to see what fun you have with Rusty's activities so remember to take pictures and share them with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can find us @westonmuseum and use the hashtag #westonmuseumrusty.
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Rusty visits the time of the dinosaurs!

Make your own fossil, explore why dinosaurs are given such strange names and play a game of archaeological battleships! Click on the picture of Rusty on the left to download a free home learning pack.

Rusty learns about life in the Victorian era!

Try your hand at making butter, make a traditional peg doll toy and practice your arithmetic whilst learning about how Weston grew during the Victorian era. Click on the picture of Rusty on the left to download a free home learning pack.

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Rusty goes marching with the Romans!

Make a beautiful mosaic, bake a Roman style honey cake and get your whole family marching like a Roman soldier. Click on the picture of Rusty on the left to download a free home learning pack.

Map your family tree with Rusty

Rusty has gone all nostalgic in this special 'In Living Memory' pack. Share some memories with family members, map out your family tree and play a quiz with different generations. Click on the picture of Rusty on the left to download a free home learning pack.

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Survive the Stone Age with Rusty

Rusty has travelled back thousands of years to the Stone Age, when life was tough and you needed to be pretty clever to survive. Explore with him by building your own den, creating some cave art and listening to the sounds of nature all around. Click on the picture of Rusty on the left to download a free home learning pack.

Competition Time - Share your cave art creations with us on our social media pages including the hashtag #westonmuseumrusty before the end of May 2020. The winner will get a cream tea for 4 in Clara's Cafe following the museum reopening.

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Rusty Digs for Victory

Rusty has found himself in the time of World War Two and wants to do his bit by digging for victory. You can join him in exploring this era by planning your own bit of gardening, making a sock puppet and creating your own diary entry to record life in a historic time. Click on the picture of Rusty on the left to download a free home learning pack.

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Rusty finds a familiar face in the Iron Age

Rusty the dog was originally from the Iron Age and he has travelled back in time to visit again. He wants you to explore with him by making your own cloak clasp, baking some oatcakes and writing your own Rusty adventure story! Click on the picture of Rusty on the left to download a free home learning pack.

Rusty tricks a Viking invasion

Vikings helmets may not be quite what you think, but Viking shields were a key item of a Viking warriors weaponry. Make your own Viking shield, bake some flatbread and act out a Norse saga. Click on the picture of Rusty on the left to download a free home learning pack.

Rusty’s Stories – Rusty Builds a Roundhouse

Who is Rusty?

Rusty the dog 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.

Rusty's Young Archaeologist Club

If you enjoy learning and exploring with Rusty then you might like to join our Young Archaeologist Club. We meet once a month for fun sessions and visits to historical places. As long as you are aged between 8 and 16, you can join up for only £25 per 6 months of sessions. Head to our Rusty Club page for more information.

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