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.


Clocks, Phones, Photos And Laundry.

Investigate how technology has changed during the 20th century and test out some gadgets and gizmos that were cutting edge.

Detailed object notes and student worksheets accompany all loan boxes.

This loan box contains:

  • Bayard Cream metal alarm clock
  • Westclock electric alarm clock
  • Laser projector alarm clock
  • Kodak junior in original box
  • Polaroid land camera
  • Fujifilm digital camera
  • Dial phone
  • Pushbutton phone
  • Binatona cordless phone
  • Louis Max and co clockwork racing car
  • Scalextric Ford G.T racing car
  • Radion remote control car
  • 12 x laminated A4 photographs of objects
  • Length of washing line 
  • 6 x traditional pegs
  • 6 x wooden pegs
  • 6 x modern plastic pegs
  • 1 x set of 12 6″ x 4″ laminated part of object photographs
  • 3 x laminated photographs for marking eras

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?