Loans Box – Pre WW2 Domestic Life

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Loans Box : 15 Pre WW2 Domestic Life

KS 2

Subjects: History, Science, Literacy

Life before WW2 was inevitably affected by the residue of WW1. Millions of men had to find their way back from war into civilian life in often difficult circumstances; societies were hollowed out, and living standards were still very basic for the vast majority of the population. People had to “Make do and Mend”- an example being the home craft of making Proggy Mats from odds and ends of clothing instead of being able to buy any rug or carpet.


Flat Iron and Stand
Rug Beater
Washboard* not in box
Dixons Rich Cakes Tin
Fynnon Salts Tin
Farrah’s Toffee Tin
Boval Inhaler
Pair of Hair Clippers
Butter Pats x 3
Proggy Mat Tool
Proggy Mat Awl
Hooky Mat Tools
6 Wooden Clothes Pegs
Tin Opener
Herb Chopper
Toasting Fork
Tea Strainer/Infuser
78rpm Record
3 x Snuff Packets
Craven A Tin with Marbles
“Perfectos Finos” Cigarette Box
8 x Pre-WW2 coins
2 x Fountain Pens
Milk Bottle
1 Gill Measuring Cup
Wooden Posser
Icing Pump with 6 Nozzles
Hair Crimpers
Harpic Home Book
Glass Baby Bottle (Maws Welfare)
Kay’s Home Doctor Almanac 1929
Invitation to a Cookery Demonstration
Pocket Ready Reckoner (Pre-Decimal Currency)
Empire Marketing Board Christmas Recipes 1927
Mackintosh’s Carnival Assortment tin with buttons
Photo of 4 women with baby & young child
Alnwick Carnival 1929 programme
Elastic hosiery
Glycerine of Thymol Pastilles Tin
Bero Home Recipes
Reliable Cookery
Borwick’s Baking Powder Recipes x 2
Radiation Cookery Book
Mrs Beeton’s
700 Cookery Recipes
How to Make Many Tasty Dishes
Young Wife’s Cookery Book
Women’s Institutes book
View the full Loans Box range 


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).

Collection Date
Return Date
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