Designed to enrich the children’s program and help older people recall memories, the program will run until December 2021 and will be available free to select organizations through a grant from the Children’s Trust and St Hilda’s Trust.
This support has also enabled the museum to add more boxes to its collection, all of which can be explored and reserved through its recently upgraded website. Resources span from early civilization to the 1960s, with themed boxes focusing on topics such as agriculture, fishing, railroads, laundry day, and the ‘box that shouldn’t be. named ”.
Each package contains a mix of original artefacts and replicas as well as clothing reminiscent of the chosen era, books, CDs, DVDs, photographs and drawings.
A ‘Covid Secure Quarantine System’ is in place to ensure every delivery is safe, with schools, childminders, regularly home-schooled students and youth groups currently able to receive one for free. Loan boxes rented by other groups will cost £ 15 for a fortnight.
Hilary Waugh, a volunteer with the museum’s educational team, says the loan boxes are a “great resource” that provide a “great way to bring history to life in an exciting way, allowing children to learn. and use their imaginations in their own classrooms ”.
You will find more information about the program here.