Loan Boxes

We are currently developing loan boxes for use in the classroom. They contain a mix of real and replica artefacts, printed materials and worksheets.
They can be hired for a two week period at a charge of £20. Please email the museum at museum@rutland.gov.uk to reserve a box.

Please note: All loan boxes will be quarantined for at least 72 hours prior to the hire to ensure safety. Our loan boxes are only to be used with one class within the school at a time. If hiring for use within multiple classes, the objects must be quarantined for 72 hours before being given to a new class.
Once returned they will be quarantined for at least 72 hours, after which they will be checked by museum staff and cleaned as necessary.

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Terms and Conditions
Covid-19 Guidelines

1. The Second World War (On the Home Front)

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This box covers three key themes: evacuation, food rationing and air raid wardens. It can be used in conjunction with the related learning resources on this website.

2. The First World War Soldier

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This box contains replica child’s size uniform and equipment. There are also original items including a memorial plaque and embroidered postcards.

This box can be used in conjunction with the First World War Teachers’ Pack which can be downloaded below:
First World War Information Sheets
First World War Resource Sheets
First World War Worksheets

3. Victorian Wash Day

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This box contains a lovely selection of original artefacts that will give children a feel for the hard work involved in the weekly wash!

4. Mystery Objects

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A collection of 19 original objects that would have been used in the past either in the home, on the farm or by a variety of tradesmen. Pupils can try to work out what they were used for (from a choice of three possible answers).

5. 1950s – You’ve Never Had It So Good!

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Get a feel for the 1950s with this selection of items covering music, toys, the Coronation and Festival of Britain. This box could be used to create a colourful classroom display. Information panels can be downloaded for printing below:
1. 1950s Introduction
2. The Coronation
3. Festival of Britain
4. Toys
5. Music
6. Television