Schools

Museums in a Box Catalogue

A full list of boxes and a summary of their contents can be found below, alternatively you can download the Museum in a Box catalogue (PDF). 

All boxes cost £50 per box, unless stated otherwise.

Loan boxes are listed by subject, click on the title to jump to that section on the page. 

 

Art

Designoscopes, Kaleidoscopes, Miragescopes and Periscope

A set of various refracting and reflecting scopes.
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Sources of Design

A selection of corals, driftwood, fossils, an abalone shell and sheep skull.
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

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History

Anglo-Saxon

Replica artefacts: runes, stamps, pots. (2 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Anglo-Saxon Costume

Replica costume: male/female Anglo-Saxon outfits. (2 boxes available).
Key Stage: 2, 3, 4.

Aztec

Replica artefacts: calendar, ocarina, pestle and mortar, death mask, decoration. (1 box available).
Key Stage: 2, 3, 4.

Egyptian Costume

Replica costume: wealthy and poor costume, (suitable to try on). (7 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3.

Egyptian Everyday Life Artefacts

Beads, pots, amulets, make-up jars, etc. (4 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Egyptian Funerary Artefacts

Amulets, scarab beetles, Osiris figures etc. (5 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4.

First World War

Queen Mary tin, trench periscope, identity card, death plaque, gas rattle, medals. (1 box available). 
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Georgian Everyday Life

All objects are related to Soho House the home of Matthew Boulton. Iron keys, brass chamberstick, cartwheel coins, candle snuffer, sugar nipper and replica sugar cone (at Soho House). (1 box available).
Key Stage: 1,2,3.

Greek Costume

Replica costume: wealthy and poor costume, (suitable to try on). (6 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3.

Greek Everyday Life

Oil lamps, sling shots, arrow heads, coins, rings etc. (3 boxes available).
Key Stage:  1, 2, 3, 4.

Greek Replica Artefacts and Sculpture

Replica artefacts: Achilles plaque, theatrical masks, discus, coin, lamps, CD of music, posters and slides, Maenad sculpture.
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Native American Indians

Replica artefacts: wooden carvings, books and cassette tape. (1 box available).
Key Stage: 2, 3, 4.

Native American Indian Costume

Replica artefacts: male and female costume. (2 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Native American Indian Warbonnet

Replica artefact: Warbonnet (not suitable for wearing). (1 box available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Prehistoric

Hammer, archer’s wristband, spokeshave, axes, core, chisel, and arrowheads. (1 box available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Roman Costume

Replica costume: wealthy and poor costume, (suitable to try on). (5 boxes available).
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3.

Roman Everyday Life

Replica artefacts: oil lamp, coins, knucklebones game, wax tablets and styli and torc bracelets. (4 boxes available).
Key Stage: Foundation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Roman Kitchen

Replica artefacts: mortaria, samian ware bowl, hunt cup and face pot. (3 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Roman Mancetter 

Various pottery shards, flagon fragment etc. (1 box available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Roman Settlers

Oil lamps, coins, mosaic fragments, pottery shards etc. (8 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Roman Soldier Costume

Replica costume: (suitable to try on). (3 boxes available).
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3.

Roman Wall

Various pottery shards, flagon fragment etc which were found at Roman excavation site “Wall”. (1 box available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Second World War Air Raid Warden 

Stirrup pump, warden’s hat, flashlight, gas rattle etc. (1 box available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3.

Second World War Baby’s Gas Mask

Baby’s gas mask with demonstration doll. (3 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Second World War Home Front

Blackout lamp, badges, shrapnel, whistle and documents relating to the home front and a set of posters.   (1 box available).
Key Stage: 2, 3, 4.

Second World War Soldier's Kit

Goggles, uniform, cape and groundsheet. (1 box available).
Key Stage: 2, 3, 4.

Second World War Tin Hat 

Choose two from Air Raid Warden, Fire Marshall or Soldier. (4 boxes available). 
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Tudors 1

Replica artefacts: goblet, coins, pattens, tyg, rushlight holder, trencher, lady's hat.
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Tudors 2

Replica artefacts: horn mug, spoon, book, comb and pane, inkwell, quill pen, shaker.
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3.

Tudor Costume 

Replica costumes: wealthy and poor costumes – male OR female (please specify your preference on booking form), (suitable to try on). (4 boxes available).
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3.

Tudor Costume Boy and Girl 

Replica costume: Tudor costume for a boy and a girl (suitable to try on). Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3.

Tudor Costume Henry VIII and Lady

Replica costume: Tudor costume in the style of Henry VIII and a Tudor Lady (suitable to try on).
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3.

Tudor Everyday Life

Replica artefacts: horn mug, spoon, book, comb and pane, inkwell, quill pen, shaker. (5 boxes available).
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3, 4.

Tudor Plague Doctor’s Costume

Replica costume: Plague doctor’s mask, hat and cape (suitable to try on).
Key Stage: 2, 3, 4.

Victorian Everyday Life 

Stoneware hot water bottles, chambersticks, coins, candle snuffers, etc. (6 boxes available).
 Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Victorian Replica Costume

Replica costumes: wealthy and poor costumes – male OR female (please specify your preference on booking form), (suitable to try on). (4 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3.

Victorian Women’s and Children’s Clothes 

Authentic ladies underwear – combinations, nightdresses, camisoles, drawers (not to be tried on). (6 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3

Vikings

Replica artefacts: pair of shoes, oil lamp, coins, purse, wool, beads, wooden spoon, Thor’s Hammer, tooling leather, bracelets etc. (2 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4.

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19th & 20th-Century

1920s Home Life

Assorted artefacts including: male and female clothing, dress-making patterns, ladies hair clippers, ornaments, buttons, purse, shoes, ointment. (1 box available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

1930s Home Life

Assorted artefacts including: clothing for men, women and children, night light, cigar box, “Brownie” camera. (1box available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

1940s Home Life

Assorted artefacts including: clothing for men, women and children, literature from the era (magazines and books), metal shoe tree, etc. (2 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

1950s Home Life

Assorted artefacts including: literature from the era (magazines and books), shoes, clothing, curlers. (1 box available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Bed Warmers

A variety of bed warmers: stoneware, copper, Bakelite and rubber. (1 box available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Canals Artefacts

Picture, water carrier, frying pan, picture, dipper, stool, mug, candlestick, red can with filter. (3 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3.

Corner Shop - Victorian to 1950s 

Cigarette tin, toffee hammer, milk chocolate tin, counter bell, stoneware beer bottle, shopkeeper’s apron, paper bag, tea container, coffee bottle. (1 box available)
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Footwear, Handbags, Hats and Haberdashery

Victorian to 1950s footwear and a selection of handbags, hats and sewing patterns from the past. (2 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Heating / Lighting

Examples of heating and lighting from 1920s-1940s. (1 box available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Kitchen Life

A variety of kitchen artefacts dating from 1920s-1950s. (2 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

Lady’s Boudoir

19th and early 20th century bedroom artefacts.
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Medicine Through Time

Bile beans tin, enema tin, glass eyebath, medicine bottle, carbolic acid atomiser, feeding cup and various other medical related artefacts. (1 boxes available). Key Stage: 3, 4, 5.

Nursery Days in the Past

Late 19th and early 20th century nursery artefacts. (2 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

School Days in the Past

Late 19th and early 20th century schoolroom artefacts. (2 boxes available).
Key Stage: 2, 3, 4, 5.

Seaside Holidays

Brownie box cameras, swimwear, sunglasses, penny lick, sand flags, postcards. (2 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3.

Seaside Puppets

Punch, Judy, Policeman, Baby and Crocodile. (1 box available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3.

Sugar (Soho House)

A loans box developed in liaison with Soho House: contains items relating to the history of sugar. (1 box available).
Key Stage: 2, 3, 4, 5.

Tea (Soho House) 

A loans box developed in liaison with Soho house: contains items relating to the history of tea. (1 box available).
Key Stage: 2, 3, 4, 5.

Toys from the Past 

Replica artefacts: sets of wooden toys including Jacob’s ladders, cup and balls, Archie acrobats, wooden tops and a zoetrope per box. (5 boxes available).
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3.

Upstairs / Downstairs 

Late 19th and early 20th century artefacts from kitchen and drawing room. (1 box available). 
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Washday in the Past

Washboard, dolly peg, flat iron, carbolic soap. (2 boxes available).
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2.

What’s This? 

Late 19th, early 20th century artefacts to stimulate discussion and develop historical skills. (2 boxes available).
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Women’s Clothes and Children’s Clothes 

Two boxes: A selection of women’s clothes from 1950s and selection of children’s clothing from 1930s-1950s. (1 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Zoetropes 

6 plastic zoetropes, animation strips, information pack and worksheets. (2 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

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Religion

Buddhism

Prayer beads, Guanyin statue, Buddha Rupa, embroidery, bell, fragment of frieze.
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Judaism

Seder plate, Kiddush cup, Kippah, Tallit, Mezuzah, Hanukkiah and DVD Foundation.
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

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World Cultures

African Textiles and Sculpture

Original West African textiles and adinkra stamps, replica Benin Plaque.
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Masks

Replica artefacts: African dot-painted mask, Ganesh mask and Raksassa mask.
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

World Music: Asia

Box containing a variety of musical instruments from Asia.
Key stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

World Music: South America

Box containing a variety of musical instruments from South America.
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

World Music: West Africa

Box containing a variety of musical instruments from west Africa.
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

African Textiles and Sculpture

Original West African textiles and adinkra stamps, replica Benin Plaque.
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

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Story Boxes

Story boxes come with a large full colour story book and a selection of props to bring stories to life in the classroom.

The Elves and the Shoemaker 

Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Foundation, 1, 2.

Handa’s Surprise

Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2.

Little Red Riding Hood 

Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2.

Owl Babies 

Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2.

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Natural History

Birds

All birds are in individual Perspex covers within wooden carrying boxes. 3 for £50.
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

  • Barn Owl (2 available).
  • Blackbird - Female Blackbird - Male
  • Black-Headed Gull Blue Tit Bullfinch
  • Chaffinch - Male Corncrake Crow
  • Cuckoo Jay Kestrel - Female
  • Kestrel - Male Little Grebe Magpie
  • Mallard Meadow Pipit Moorhen
  • Nightjar Pied Wagtail Red-Backed Shrike
  • Robin Short Eared Owl Snipe
  • Sparrow Starling Swift
  • Tawny Owl (2 available)
  • Teal-Male Teal - Female
  • Thrush (2 available).
  • Wood Pigeon
  • Turtle Dove Water Rail 

Animals

All animals are in individual Perspex covers within wooden carrying boxes. 2 for £50.
Suitable: Foundation, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 

  • Ferret 
  • Field Mouse
  • Hedgehog (2 available)
  • Mole 
  • Rabbit 
  • Rat
  • Shrew 
  • Squirrel 
  • Stoat
  • Water 
  • Vole 
  • Weasel

Cat and Mouse Skeletons

In Perspex inner case with wooden carry cases. 2 for £50.
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Dental Models 1 available

Replica artefacts: models of canine, incisor and molar teeth, including giant set of plastic teeth and giant toothbrush
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2.

Food Chains

Illustrates food chains on land and in water, with frog, heron, vole and cat skulls.
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3.

Fossils and Coal Fossils

Fossils of plants and animals and Fossils within coal samples. (2 boxes available).
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Garden Insects

Moths, butterflies, bees, wasps, beetles in glass-topped box.
Key Stage: 2, 3, 4, 5.

Insect Life Cycles

Different species from egg to adult in glass-topped box.
Key Stage: 2, 3, 4, 5.

Miniature Human Skeleton

Replica artefact: miniature plastic human skeleton on stand.
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Skulls

Fox, cormorant, duck, stoat in individual Perspex boxes within a flight case.
Key Stage: Foundation, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

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