Washday-Loans Box

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Loans Box 13 -Washday

KS 1/2

Subjects: History, Science, Maths, Music

” A lovely interactive box to experience Washday”  Swarland Primary School

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

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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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