The ‘Big Dig’

 Pupils at Alt Bridge School in Huyton have enjoyed a fantastic week with the Museum of Liverpool’s Archaeology team as they undertook a ‘dig’ on the school grounds. It is an event that the pupils will remember for many years to come.Pupils at Alt Bridge School in Huyton have enjoyed a fantastic week with the Museum of Liverpool’s Archaeology team as they undertook a ‘dig’ on the school grounds in July. The activities involved a range of skills such as maths, spatial awareness and was ideal for the development of both physical and mental health of the pupils, as well as learning about archaeology in general.A large number of interesting items were unearthed during the dig, which have been carefully catalogued by the Museum staff. The oldest items were identified by the experts as going back to the seventeenth century, including pottery and old tobacco pipes. This week, Vanessa Oakden from the Museum of Liverpool came into school to show and discuss the ‘cleaned up’ finds with the pupils. Many of these will be available to view in the ‘mini-museum’ at the school’s foyer area.The head of history at the school, Mr Alex Sumner said, ‘The pupils loved the experience and many have expressed a keen desire to study archaeology in the future, having worked on the dig. The weather was perfect and the staff from the Museum of Liverpool were absolutely brilliant and a real credit to the institution and the city. It is an event that the pupils will remember for many years to come’.