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.

Siege Of Colchester

From weapons to warmth, learn about the daily lives of soldiers and everyday people during the English Civil War.

Detailed object notes and student worksheets accompany all loan boxes.

This loan box contains:

  • 2 tallow candles in silver box
  • 3 musket balls in perspex box
  • 1 clay pipe in perspex box
  • 1 pottery mug
  • 9 photographs of buildings (in pocket on lid)
  • 9 photographs of key characters (in pocket on lid)
  • 1 montero hat
  • 1 soldier’s jacket
  • 1 bandolier
  • 2 pairs of knitted stockings
  • 1 girl’s sleeveless bodice
  • 1 girl’s bonnet

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?