Loan Boxes

Bring the museum to you! Our Loan Boxes contain a selection of real and replica artefacts, suggested activities and information on when and how they were made and used.

  • young girl investigating artefacts

Why book a Loan Box?

Handling and investigating objects encourages discussion, empathy and creative thinking skills. Objects can be used to inspire art and design projects, illustrate historical themes and events, or develop understanding of other cultures.

“Really enjoyable lessons with excellent resources. We would definitely like to do this again. We used the activities provided and blended them with our planning. The spread of artefacts really engaged the children and the variation was excellent.”

Year 4 teacher, Bridge and Patrixbourne Primary


What the Romans did for Britain
The arrival of The Romans in Britain changed what we ate, what we believed and how we lived! Use this Loan Box to find out how the Romans changed everyday life in Britain.

Tudors and Stuarts
Get hands on with real artefacts from a turbulent time in Britain’s history. Find out what everyday objects can tell us about life in the past.

Spider Stories
Explore African cultures by playing musical instruments, handling textiles, toys and artefacts and hearing traditional stories from different African countries. This Loan Box was developed in partnership with EMIC (Ethnic Minorities In Canterbury)

Explore the development of Medicine through time by handling medical implements from the past.


If you are interested in studying topics that are not on our list, please get in touch.


Loan Boxes are available for local schools, home education and community groups to borrow at a cost of £40 for 5 weeks.


Make a booking enquiry by using our Online Booking Form.

Collecting & Returning Loan Boxes

Loan boxes can be collected from the museum reception on the date agreed in your booking form. If you do not collect your loan box on the date agreed, we will cancel your booking and offer it to the next school on the list.

Loans items should be returned to the museum reception on the date agreed in your loan booking. If you have any unexpected issues with returning the loan box, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.