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.

Tudor And Stuart

Basic daily tasks such as turning on a light and adding sugar to tea were much more complicated 500 years ago.  Investigate how the Tudors and Stuarts survived and thrived without electricity and modern machinery.

Detailed object notes and student worksheets accompany all loan boxes.

This loan box contains:

  • Candle snuffer
  • Wick trimmer
  • Clay pipe
  • Sugar cutters
  • Tinder box ( base, steel, 2 flints, inner lid with built-in candle holder
  • Hour glass
  • Rush light
  • Costril (leather bottle)

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?