Loan Boxes

Borrow one of our loan boxes to bring objects from the past into your classroom, inspiring children’s imagination at the start of a project. They also help develop your class’s enquiry skills and are a great tool to support post-visit work.

Boxes contain a mix of replica and real objects, photos, documents and teacher’s notes.


Explore life in World War II through objects, photos and documents

Detailed object notes and student worksheets accompany all loan boxes.

This loan box contains:

  • Ration book
  • Evacuee letter (typed)
  • Luggage label and identity card
  • Skipping rope
  • Yo-yo
  • Bag of marbles
  • 6 coins
  • Teddy bear
  • Evacuation public leaflet
  • Air raid home protection booklet
  • Air raid precaution cards
  • Girl’s gingham dress
  • Boy’s corduroy dungarees
  • ‘Hiawatha’s childhood’ book
  • Piggie’s cruise book
  • Handkerchief
  • Soap
  • Gas mask in bag
  • Apple, biscuits, spam and cheese sandwich!
  • ‘Life in Colchester in World War II’ pack

Resource Centre

Half termly


What's On


Discover something new in Colchester.

Browse the diary to find fun, family-friendly events all year round. 

Exhibitions + Displays

Our programme aims to showcase the variety of the collections from art to archaeology, costume to clocks.

Saved for the nation, ‘Walton Bridges’ will be on display at Colchester Castle from the 26 September 2020 – 28 March 2021.

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