Archie’s artefacts go on display in My Museum at Experience Barnsley

A new display at Experience Barnsley features items from one of the museum’s youngest donors.

Archie Ixer, aged 6, from Park Grove, Barnsley, has supplied museum staff with a fossil and some pottery, thought to be Roman, found by his Granddad while he worked on Scarborough seafront’s sewage works in 1989.

The artefacts will be part of an interactive display in the Making History gallery called My Museum. This will sit alongside the historical costumes, archaeological dig and the display of Barnsley’s famous market roundabout that currently inhabit the area.

My Museum was installed in July and encourages children to think about the objects they have at home and what they would be proud to display the museum for all to see.

Following a month of suggestions from little visitors, Archie was selected to meet with the staff and donate his items.

Cllr Roy Miller welcomed Archie and his mum Julie to the museum to view his artefacts which went on display for the first time this week. He said: “My Museum is a fantastic way to engage our young people and help them to understand and appreciate their history and culture. I’d like to thank Archie for donating his items, which I’m sure may people will be interested in seeing. We will take great care of them.”