Loans Box -1950’s Household

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Loans Box 20  1950’s Household

KS 2

Subjects: History, Science, Technology. Music

After the shortages and rationing of the immediate post-war period, life began to improve in the 1950’s. As well as more availability of foodstuffs there were more consumer goods,  such as record players and 45 rpm discs. The first ’45 had actually been pressed by RCA Victor in 1948, and was  called  “PeeWee the Piccolo”. As few people would have had equipment to play it, however there is no sign that poor Pee Wee was a great success.


2 identity cards
1950s Ration Books (6)
Motor Fuel Ration Book
Festival of Britain Souvenir
Coronation mug
Coronation souvenir book 1953
Her Majesty the Queen Book
1950s Newspapers (5)
National Dried Milk Tin
Flying duck wall ornament
House Beautiful Magazine 1956
Fabric sample
Homemaker plate
Sputnik influenced lamp
Cookery books (3)
Stiff net petticoat
Lady’s spotted dress
White gloves – 2 pairs
Best hat
Liberty bodice
Powder compact
White Fire soap
Photo of Eclipse 1954
Radio and Television Diary 1956
Wedding Photo late 1950s
CDs Time of Your Life 1952 & 1953
Picture of women’s 1950s fashion
Pink frilly elastic
2 circular skirts (replica)
Pifco Trouser Press
1957 music CD
DVD Happy & Glorious (Royal Wedding & Coronation)
Pins and Needles Magazine
Baby & Toddler knitting patterns
Tatting book
Pryce Jones Catalogue
Rabbit Jelly Mould
Set of child’s silver cutlery
Meat skewer
Lady’s jumper knitting pattern
Brass dinner gong
Wooden biscuit barrel
11 x 78 rpm records
Jim Reeves 45 rpm record
Record player – not working (Supplied separately)
Magazine Rack (Supplied separately)
2 x Tennis rackets (Supplied separately)
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Loans Boxes for Educational purposes – Special Free Offer

These are on special offer from 1 January – 31 December 2022 (with grateful thanks to 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)

How to Book

Free and paid for loans boxes are booked online (if you have any questions, please telephone on 01665 605847)·

  • Click on the calendar below to check the dates you want are available and reserve your two week period from Saturday to Saturday (please note if you exceed the 14 days it will not allow you to book)· Click on the ‘Sponsored or Not’ drop down to confirm whether you qualify for the free loans box or whether you need to pay the fee
  • Click on Book Now to complete your booking
  • Complete relevant details and Proceed to Checkout

Please note: All bookings run from Saturday to Saturday and users must collect and deliver the loans boxes back to Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery (open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 4pm). Loans Boxes and any additional items not contained in the loans box must be returned by at least the stated return date. You may return them early but note we are not open on Mondays.  See our Terms and Conditions (and please ensure you read paragraph 12 which details terms and conditions for Loans Boxes).

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