Loan Boxes

The museum has a selection of loans boxes that can be hired by schools and organisations. The Loan boxes may contain some original artefacts as well as replicas, together with illustrated material, background information and notes for teachers.

We would also be happy to discuss creating a specific box for your projects. Please contact for more details, contents of the boxes, availability and costs.

The Toys Loan Box

This box would ideally support the Key Stage 1 curriculum to compare and contrast toys of the past with their modern equivalents and to look at materials. The box holds 25 original and replica toys from times gone by. This includes: a ventriloquist’s dummy, a hand puppet, early snap game, whip and top, cup and ball, yoyo, assorted model lead figures, miniature tea set and a tinplate clockwork toy.

Early Years Treasure Chest

Created as part of the 2019 Talking Together Cambridgeshire County Council initiative, the Treasure Chest is a collection of objects from around the museum. The contents have been specifically chosen for young children to touch and examine at close quarters. Information about each object is available so that adults can engage children’s curiosity in talking and learning about the past.

WW2 Evacuees Suitcase

The World War 2 Evacuees box contains a number of original and replica items. These include official documents, such as: a junior identity card, a child’s ration book and a letter from the King. Personal effects include: a child’s gas mas, a replica letter from an evacuee, a school essay detailing the experience of an evacuee, a pair of child’s spectacles, a flat cap, a toy bear and other child’s toys. Period items include: a comic, a children’s newspaper, a wooden ruler, an ink pen and the 4oz weekly ration of boiled sweets. Please get in touch to obtain the full list of items.