Heritage Education – Loans Boxes

Borrow a loans box and hold history in your hands. Designed to supplement and support your classroom learning.
Bring a history topic to life or find inspiration for art and design projects. The loans boxes cover a wide variety of topics and are cross-curricular.
Borrow a box or let us come to you and deliver a session using the objects, which will help get your topic started. Each box has full teacher notes, suggested activities and supporting resources.
If you have a specific need not covered by the topics below, give us a call and we may be able to help.

Explore Warwickshire’s Jurassic past and discover the creatures that lived here 200 million years ago. Contains examples of Jurassic Fossils, in particular fossils found around Warwickshire.

Geology all around us
Did you know that many of our household objects are made from minerals and rocks from the earth? This box allows you to discover some of these objects and explore their core material.

Victorian childhood
A collection of original objects common in any Victorian nursery or child’s bedroom. Includes games, clothing and school equipment .

World War One
Contains original and replica objects from both the museum and County Record Office. Examine objects from the trenches, personal items, medical equipment, medals and postcards. A resource pack of images and documents for use in the classroom is also included.

British Wildlife
Wildlife is all around us but often moving too fast for us to get a close up look. These specimens allow you to study insects and butterflies up close. Discuss their habitats without leaving the classroom.

Time capsule 1930s
A box packed with typical household objects from the 1930s. An ideal hands-on experience for comparing then and now, or to get a feel for life before the Second World War.

Kitchens through time
A range of typical kitchen gadgets and objects from the Victorian period to the modern day. Great for seeing how things change with advances in technology.

Patterns in nature from around the World and Patterns in British Nature
Use these boxes as inspiration for your class art lessons, drawing on the natural world. These boxes include samples of wildlife, fossils and plants from the natural world.

Get down to earth without leaving the classroom or getting your hands dirty. Examine a range of real archaeological finds from around Warwickshire.


Contains a range of costumes from Victorian to modern times. A close up with different materials, fashions and practicalities of clothing and costume.

Medicine through Time
Explore documents and objects from our archive and museum handling collections. Contents dates from Egyptian to Victorian times.

Booking Details
Boxes must be collected and returned to St John’s Museum.
You can collect your box when you come to visit us for another workshop – mention this when making a booking.
Ideal for KS2 and KS3 groups.  KS1 groups  can only borrow boxes as part of a group-leader led introductory session.

To make a booking enquiry and prices click here