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.

William Gilberd

William Gilberd was a Tudor doctor born in Colchester.  He became physician to Elizabeth I and in his spare time, he conducted experiments in magnetism and static electricity and published an important book showing his findings.  This loan box is intended to be cross-curricular, allowing pupils to research not only Tudor life and medicine, but also giving them the opportunity to try out some of Gilberd’s pioneering experiments.

Detailed object notes and student worksheets accompany all loan boxes.

This loan box contains:

  • Objects relating to Tudor life: oil lamp, horn book, quill pen, replica Elizabethan coins
  • Objects relating to Tudor medicine: leech jar, herbs, pestle and mortar
  • Objects relating to Gilberd’s experiments with magnetism and static electricity: compass, magnets, lodestone, terrella, amber, rabbit fur, wool.
  • Suggested activities and experiments to try using the objects in the box

This box was kindly sponsored by EnergySolutions

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