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.

Rocks And Fossils

Handle real fossils and rock samples to explore the world Under your Feet.

Detailed object notes and student worksheets accompany all loan boxes.

This loan box contains:

  • Fossil Vertebrae of Ichthyosaur
  • Fossilised Sponge
  • Fossil Gryphea (Devils Toenail)
  • Fossil Bivalve Mollusc
  • Ammonite
  • Fossil Brachiopod (Lamp Shell)
  • Flattened Ammonite
  • Fossilised Surface of Ancient Coral Reef
  • Left Handed Whelk
  • Fossilised Mollusc
  • Belemnite
  • Head of Trilobite
  • Trilobite
  • Fossilised Fern in Shale Oyster
  • Fossilised Fern in Sedimentary Rock
  • Fossil Sea Urchin
  • Obsidian
  • Coarse Grained Sandstone
  • Fine Grained Sandstone
  • Puddingstone
  • Mica Schist
  • White Granite
  • Pink Granite
  • Haematite
  • Tufa
  • Anthralite
  • Discover Geology Leaflet – Belemnites x 2
  • Discover Geology Leaflet – Plants x 1
  • Discover Geology Leaflet – Echinoids x 2

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.

Where will your adventure start?