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.

Stone Age To Iron Age

Our newest loan box contains a range of quality replicas and collection objects that will help your class develop an understanding of the development of daily life, technology and agriculture in pre-historic Britain.

Detailed object notes and student worksheets accompany all loan boxes.

Stone Age to Iron Age box 1 contains:

  • Replica flint axe (black)
  • Worked flint axe head (grey)
  • Replica Dagenham idol—approx. 2500 BC—Neolithic (Early Bronze age)
  • Worked stone axe head
  • Bronze axe head
  • Bronze Age Pottery fragment
  • Red cooking Beaker
  • Drop spindle
  • Bronze mirror
  • Woollen tunic
  • Deer antler
  • Cow horn
  • Pottery loom weights

Stone Age to Iron Age box 2 contains:

  • Hand axe
  • Flint Core
  • Replica Worked flint axe
  • Flint Knife
  • Replica stone hammer axe 
  • Replica bronze axe
  • Replica Red cooking pot
  • Replica Drop spindle whorl
  • Replica Woollen tunic
  • Deer antler
  • Cow horn
  • Replica Pottery loom weights

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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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