Loans Boxes

Loans Boxes - A Superb Resource

"It was really easy to do, a great system" - Holy Trinity First School, Berwick upon Tweed

"The children enjoyed looking at and experiencing the toys. They were able to compare with modern toys"  St Pauls RCVA Primary


History in a Box-NOW EXTENDED TO 2022

Explore our inspirational collection of over 20 loans boxes to support your delivery of the national curriculum in an exciting and hands-on way. Our timeline ranges from early civilisation to the 1960s with special boxes for Agriculture, Fishing, Railways, Washday and the ‘Box that Must Not be Named’. Children will handle original and replica items from the past, dress in replica clothing, read from books, listen to CDs, watch DVDs and look at photographs and drawings. Activity ideas for the boxes are included with every box

Memories in a Box

Our loans boxes help people recall memories and provide a meaningful and enriching experience for older people including object handling, sharing stories, talking and listening as well as art activities such as poetry, music, art and craft. They are ideal for older people groups and those living with dementia. Subjects range from history including history about the local area, World Wars I and II, Washday, 1950s and 1960s, Fishing, Glamour and Agriculture. Activity ideas for the boxes are included with every box.

Using Loans Boxes

Each box contains tens of items (see lists of contents) and contains activity ideas for how to use the boxes with children and with older people. Adult supervision is required at all times during use. Please ensure you read paragraph 12 of our Terms & Conditions which gives you full details about hire and use of our Loans Boxes.

Cost of Loans Boxes

Loans Boxes for Educational purposes – Special Free Offer . These are on special offer from 1 January – 31 December 2022 (with grateful thanks to extended grant funding from the Children’s Trust and St Hilda’s Trust). All loans boxes for the purposes of education are available to borrow free of charge for a maximum period of two weeks by schools, childminders, regularly home schooled pupils and young people’s groups until 31 December 2022. Any one user or institution may borrow a maximum of 2 boxes at the same time.

Loans Boxes for any other (non-educational) purpose cost £15 inc. VAT for each two week period of hire. Extended periods of hire may be agreed with Bailiffgate for an additional charge (please telephone on 01665 605847)


Please book online (click on the Loans box you want to reserve and follow the instructions). All bookings run from Saturday to Saturday and users must collect and deliver the loans boxes back to Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery (open 10am – 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday).

 If you have any questions, please email

All loans boxes will be quarantined for one week between use. Please do not wash or sanitise any of the objects as it may damage them and ensure that hands are dry (and dry from sanitiser) before passing objects around. 

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