History in a box

The museum has a range of loan boxes for hire which support the National Curriculum.

Boxes are available for two week loan periods. £10 per loan period, boxes to be collected from the museum.

Loan boxes are not only for schools, any group is welcome to borrow one.

For more information contact us.

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World War II

Contains:

  • Gas mask in box*
  • Baby’s Gas mask
  • War Illustrated Magazine
  • Headlight cover
  • Incendiary bomb and tail
  • Ration book
  • Dried egg packet (replica)
  • ARP warden whistle
  • ARP warning rattle (replica)
  • Home Guard photograph

*Replica: we are unable to provide original gas masks as they contain asbestos. This replica is safe for pupils to handle and try on.

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Then and now: then

Contains:

  • Oil lamp
  • Teapot
  • Horn beaker
  • Codd-neck bottle
  • Curling irons
  • Flat iron
  • Brass saucepan
  • Baby's gown  
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Then and now: now

Contains:

  • Torch
  • Teapot
  • Plastic beaker
  • Plastic bottle
  • Electric curling irons
  • Electric iron
  • Aluminium saucepan
  • Baby grow
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Britain since the 1930's

Contains:

  • 1950s radio
  • 1930s hair dryer 
  • 1930s electric iron 
  • 1940s man's swimming costume 
  • 1960s vinyl record
  • Pre-decimal coins
  • Pre-decimal currency converter
Then and now: then

Victorian

Contains:

  • Pewter tankard
  • Glass pop bottle
  • Hot water bottle
  • Curling tongs
  • Combinations 
  • Wick trimmer
  • Candlestick
  • Brass saucepan
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Victorian: school

Contains:

  • Sampler
  • Hand bell 
  • Ink well
  • Chalk
  • Ink bottle
  • Slates (replica) these can be used by pupils
  • Nib pens (replica) can be used by pupils - please note ink is not supplied 
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Victorian: kitchen

Contains:

  • Jelly mould
  • Horn beaker
  • Butter pats 
  • Cast iron kettle (replica) 
  • Brass weight
  • Brass saucepan 
  • Horn handled knife and fork
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Victorian: home

Contains:

  • Brass candle stick
  • Ink well
  • Shoe horn
  • Skirt lifter
  • Man's nightshirt 
  • Crimping tongs brass
  • Wick trimmer
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Romans and celts

Contains:

  • Strigil
  • Coins
  • Knucklebones
  • Purse
  • Brooch
  • Celtic pot
  • Boy’s red tunic
  • Girl’ s white underdress
  • Girl’s blue overdress
  • Palla
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Geology

Contains:

  • Hecticoceras ammonite (163m years)
  • Dactylioceras ammonite (180m years)
  • Meandrina (80m years)
  • Favosites colonial coral (425m years)
  • Micraster echinoid (85m years)
  • Bi-valve (150m years)
  • Gryphaea
  • Fossilized wood

(All the items in this loan box are replicas)

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The slave trade

Contains:

  • Cotton gown
  • Sugar loaf (replica) 
  • Sugar nippers
  • Brass manilla
  • Horn snuff box
  • Clay tobacco pipe
  • George III penny

Find out more

For more information or to discuss any requirements please contact us.