Loan Boxes

loan box Bring earth science teaching to life with one of our free loan boxes.

Big box of Rocks
Twenty five rock specimens representing a wide range of ages, rock types and textures. Fantastic for supporting treaching of the Rock Cycle as well as all sorts of activities including sorting, classification, observational drawing and creative writing.

Rocks loan box

fossil box

Fabulous fossils
Twenty five fossils specimens representing a wide range of species and ages. Fantastic for all sorts of activities including collection analysis, sorting, classification, observation and creative writing.

Dinosaur Loan Box
A set of 8 casts (not real fossils but perfect replicas) of teeth, claws and an egg from some of the most well-known dinosaurs. The box includes some basic fact sheets and is perfect for a hands-on session before a trip to the museum.

dinosau loan box

Fossil Rubbings Box
This set of fossil casts (not real fossils but perfect replicas) is for making rubbings using wax crayons. This is an excellent activity for early years. Use them for practicing fine motor skills and exploring textures in the natural and made environment.

Story boxes
Two loan boxes for Early Years developed in partnership with Brunswick Nursery School and Homerton Early Years Centre in Cambridge. Based around books they contain creative activities and objects for handling, including mineral specimens and fossil casts. The boxes include notes for teachers on EYC links and ideas for creative play and storytelling.

Based on the book “Boy” by James Mayhew. Boy's cave is cold. Can he find somewhere warm to sleep? Join him on his prehistoric adventure to find out!

Boy loan box

Hot, hot, hot
Based on the book “Oscar and Arabella: Hot, Hot, Hot” by Neal Layton. Meet two woolly mammoths who don't like hot weather: and find out what they do about it!

How to borrow a loan box

All boxes are available for up to three weeks at a time, however you need to be able to collect and return them to the museum.

Loan boxes are free of charge but any losses or damge sustained during the loan may be subject to a charge.

Please note that museum specimens should not be used for experiments such as scratch tests or immersion in water.

Contact the Education Team to check availability and book.