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.

Victorian Childhood

From learning to playing, explore what life was like for a Victorian child.

Detailed object notes and student worksheets accompany all loan boxes.

This loan box contains:

  • Diabolo 
  • Diabolo sticks
  • Jubilee medal
  • Dip pen
  • Wooden travelling inkwell
  • Clay inkwell
  • Spinning top
  • Cup and ball
  • Slate
  • Stylus
  • Sampler
  • 6 stereoscopic pictures
  • 2 cards depicting women making lace
  • 3 copybook cards
  • Pair of boots
  • Button hook
  • Stereoscope
  • Halves of ball box

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.

Where will your adventure start?