Loans Box – Washday


Loans Box 13 -Washday

KS 1/2

Subjects: History, Science, Maths, Music

For the vast majority of households in earlier times, Monday was the day the women and girls of the house did the washing.  With no running water, water needed to be fetched from the well.  This was a physically demanding job, but was just the start of a long, tiring day where everything was done by hand.

Washboard x 2
Carbolic Soap – 5 squares
Wooden Dolly Pegs – 9 homemade without heads, 6 homemade with heads, 8 round, 2 plastic
18 plastic Storm Pegs
Copper Posser
Flat Iron
Scrubbing Brush x4
Maid’s Bonnet
3 x Aprons
Mop cap
“Smell Box” Dirty Linen x 2
“Smell Box” Washday x 2
Washing Machine Game
Washing Line Jigsaw
2 x White double sheets
Postcard “Baby’s morning bath”
White linen tablecloth
Wooden washing tongs x 2
Laminated advert x 2– The New American Washing Machine
Pair of “long johns”
2 x modern boxer shorts
Pair of “grandad’s underpants”
Man’s vest
Baby gro
Night dress x 2
Night Shirt
Laminated photos – washerwoman, posser with wash stand
Washing lines – 1 short, 1 long
Laminated photo of washday items
Washerwoman costume – white shirt, green skirt, checked shawl, hessian apron
Magnetic washerwoman, brush, washboard and soap
Laminated Game pieces – washtub, washboard, posser, iron, tongs, peg (4 of each plus 2 spare pegs)
The following are available if required at no extra charge: –
Wooden Clothes Horse
2 extra washboards

Books/ Activity Sheets

Walter’s Windy Washing Line by Neil Griffiths
Rachel’s Washday by John Evans
Soap and Washing
Collins Primary Science – Clothes
Information sheets – Irons, Washday Blues, Activity ideas, Wordsearch
4 laminated sheets with line drawings


The “Smell Boxes” are not toys and must be used under adult supervision. Do not let children put them in their mouths

All  boxes are available for you to borrow free of charge during 2021 for up to two weeks for your school, childcare centre or for your child/youth group, with a limit of two boxes at any one time (kindly sponsored by who is it?). The boxes are also available for home schooling, subject to availability. The charge for homeschool use is £15 including VAT per box for a 2-week rental. Please choose the applicable option when booking.

  • All rentals run from a Saturday to the Saturday 2 weeks later. Booking is online only, and the calendar below indicates when this particular box is available. Click on your desired Saturday booking start date, the system will then temporarily reserve your chosen 2-weeks, so that you may proceed to the basket to complete your booking.
  • Your chosen loans box must be returned to Bailiffgate Museum with all its items* by the second Saturday (note the system will also reserve the following week for the box to be checked and cleaned before re-use)
  • We regret that we are unable to offer a delivery or collection service.
  • Adult supervision is required at all times of use. Children must wash their hands thoroughly after handling the artefacts, as some of them may contain lead-based paints.
  • Also available: book a session either morning or afternoon with a box (as available) in the Museum. This costs £7.50 including VAT plus the normal museum admission charges.  This is a group-led, not a museum-led activity. Use our separate booking page for this.

* See our Terms and Conditions for the charges for late return and missing items. Booking automatically accepts these terms.

Calendar with dates added

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