Museum box loans

Hands-on history for Oxfordshire schools.

What are museum loan boxes?

Loan boxes contain a selection of genuine artefacts, photographs and documents, with the occasional replica item. All of the Egyptian and Greek artifacts are replica.

The items are very securely packed in custom-made, suitcase sized boxes so they can sit safely in a corner of your classroom, ready to be used.

Boxes are delivered to your school during the first week of term and collected during the last week of term.


Cost per term: £33. Free delivery and collection. Boxes must be ordered before term starts for free delivery.

Although this rarely happens, please note there is a £20 per item breakage charge. 

How the boxes help learning

The boxes are an ideal starting point for launching creative learning: promoting and developing observation, critical thinking, problem solving, questioning and empathising skills. They are also ideal for stimulating creative writing, art and design.

The learner can engage with most of their senses by feeling the weight and texture, seeing the mechanisms and surface finishes, listening  to the sounds when tapped or moved and even smelling  an object.

Teacher's pack

All loans boxes come with a Teacher’s Pack.  This includes background historical information about each object, ready to use resources, and ideas about how to use the box in the classroom across the whole curriculum and across the whole age range.

Although some boxes are closely linked to a specific historical period, others have a broader theme which lends itself particularly to, for example, story-telling, art or science.

As a loan period is for a whole term, there are plenty of opportunities for each box to visit several classrooms and to be used in many different contexts.

A loans box can be a cost-effective and inspiring way to keep the old-fashioned ‘awe and wonder’ element in the school day.

The items in the schools loans boxes are fragile and usually irreplaceable. It is essential that children and adults are advised of this and asked to handle the items with respect that they deserve. Please ensure that the items are closely supervised by a member of staff at all times and handled with care over a table to minimise the risk of damage or breakage.

More information

For more information, download our schools catalogue (pdf format, 3Mb) or to book a box, please contact us.