Loan Boxes

Access to artefacts brings history and culture to life.  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.

Hastings Museum & Art Gallery has themed object loan boxes, which contain a combination of original and replica objects, photographs and other archive material.  Boxes are available for FREE half-termly loans to local schools and other education groups, but must be collected and returned to the Museum by the borrower.  Some themes are particularly popular, so please book your box in advance to avoid disappointment.

"The objects supported and helped the children to use their imagination, problem solving and enquiry skills."  Year 1 teacher

"History came alive for the children using the objects."  Year 1 teacher

"Actual objects can stimulate all sorts of thoughts and ideas…  The [Egyptian] objects created a story, a mystery, for them and started them on a journey of exploration with a tangible ‘hands-on’ link to the past."  Year 6 teacher

"Working with the objects extends their knowledge and what they can expect from themselves.  They were able to produce much better work than they thought possible." Year 6 teacher

Object loan boxes currently available

  • Victorian Domestic Items
  • Victorian Toys & Games
  • Victorian Schoolroom
  • Toys & Games of the Past
  • World War II - the Home Front
  • Seaside Holidays
  • Indian Bandhani Textiles
  • Native Americans

Object loan boxes are in the process of being redeveloped, with new material and topics added. Please contact us for up-to-date information

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