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 Fashion

Looking good, Victorian style!  Find out what Victorian children and adults would have worn and even try on some replica outfits yourself!

Detailed object notes and student worksheets accompany all loan boxes.

This loan box contains:

  • Black ostrich feather fan
  • Lace fan
  • Christening robe and bonnet
  • Schoolgirl’s outfit (replica)
  • Sailor shirt and trousers (replica)
  • Sailor hat (replica)
  • Pair of wooden pattens
  • Crimping board and roller
  • Painted lacquer box containing 2 x embroidered cuffs and 1 x scarf ring
  • Hair comb

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?