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Available boxes

Go to How to borrow a box if you are interested in borrowing one or more of the boxes.

NEW FROM APRIL 2015! Fabulous Fossils

This popular box has been updated to include a wider selection of objects. It is aimed at supporting the new science curriculum in primary schools but can be used as a starting point for cross curricular approaches. Discover a great selection of real fossils representing the main fossil types found on the Yorkshire coast. This is a pilot box and we welcome your feedback.

Age Range: EYFS and KS2. Curriculum Focus: Science. Consists of 2 boxes.

NEW FROM 2015! Chronology in the Classroom

Who came first, the Celts or Anglo-Saxons? This box introduces children to chronology and historical language. In it you will find a diverse range of real and replica objects representing different historical periods, from prehistory to the present day. Objects have been selected so you can adapt and create timelines of different lengths. This is a pilot box and we welcome your feedback.

Age Range: EYFS, KS1, KS2 and KS3. Curriculum focus: History. Consists of 2 boxes.

Contents of the laundry memory box
Some of the contents of the laundry handling box
Some contents of the nursing memory box
A selection of contents from the nursing memory box

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NEW FROM 2015! Archaeology in the Classroom

How do we use evidence to find out about the past? This box introduces children to archaeology and how it can be used to develop historical enquiry skills and learn about chronology. Inside you will discover a range of archaeology fragments and equipment which can be used for your own archaeological dig in the classroom. Dig for evidence, record your finds and use archaeological techniques to date them. This is a pilot box and we welcome your feedback.

Age Range: KS1, KS2 and KS3. Curriculum focus: History. Consists of 2 boxes.

NEW FROM APRIL 2015! From Stone Age to Iron Age

This box supports the teaching of Prehistory and the study of Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Inside you will find specially commissioned replica artefacts representing the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Children will be able to identify similarities and differences and explore continuity and change. This is a pilot box and we welcome your feedback.

Age Range: KS2. Curriculum focus: History. Consists of 1 large box.

NEW FROM APRIL 2015! Life in the Iron Age

This box supports a study of the Iron Age in East Yorkshire. Bringing together both real and replica objects, including items discovered by archaeologists in East Yorkshire, you will discover what Iron Age life was like for ordinary people. The box complements a new schools workshop at the Treasure House ‘The Mystery of the Iron Age Swords’, available from April 2015. This is a pilot box and we welcome your feedback.

Age Range: KS2. Curriculum focus: History. Consists of 2 boxes (1 large)

NEW FROM APRIL 2015! Toys from the Past

This popular box has been updated to include a wider selection of objects and is aimed at the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. You will find a great selection of real and replica toys, from the Romans to the present day, including toys played with by parents, grandparents and great grandparents! This is a pilot box and we welcome your feedback.

Age Range: EYFS and KS1. Curriculum focus: History. Consists of 2 boxes.

NEW FOR 2015! The First World War

Developed in collaboration with East Riding Archives, discover a unique range of real and replica items, many with local resonances and links. You will find objects and copies of documents and photographs from 1914 – 18 on the themes of Home Front, Trench Life and Remembrance. A box of replica soldier’s uniforms is also available for either primary children or secondary students. This is a pilot box and we welcome your feedback.

Age Range: KS2 and KS3. Curriculum focus: History, Literacy and Citizenship. Consists of 3 boxes (1 large).

Ancient Greeks: Two boxes containing Greek theatre masks, mask of Herakles, discus, spinning top, clay lamp, amphora, hydria plus information sheets. 

Ancient Egyptians: Jewellery and personal items, including a sheet of papyrus and a set of canopic jars.

Anglo-Saxons: Facsimiles of coins, coin die, reproduction jewellery, burial urn, cooking pot, lamp, bone needles, key, images of Anglo-Saxon art work, information on aspects of daily life in Anglo-Saxon times.

Vikings: Horn drinking vessel, lamp, jewellery (brooches) bronze comb, measuring spoon, information on origins of the Vikings and aspects of daily life in Viking times.

Romans: Two boxes containing facsimiles of coins, mortaria, roman lamp, wax tablet, tesserae, strigil, pottery, oyster spoon, toga, jewellery (brooches, bracelets, key-ring) knucklebones, information on aspects of everyday life in Roman times including some Roman recipes and illustrations of wall paintings and mosaics from original photographs.

Tudors: Facsimiles of coins, glazed jug, horn book, wooden trencher, wooden platter, candlestick, cup and ball game, inkwell and sand-pot, quills, Tudor spoon, information on coinage and coinmaking, images of Tudor people of all ages, images of Tudor decorative art, homes, information on aspects of everyday life in Tudor times.

Laundry: Three boxes, with a selection of material drawn from: flat iron, charcoal iron, gas iron, early electric iron, crimping mangle, laundry soap, blanket pegs, packaging (soap powder, borax, laundry blue, starch, soaps) advertisements for a range of laundry products and equipment, photographs.

Baking: Mixing bowl, wooden sieve, jelly mould, stoneware jam jar, sugar nippers, cookery book, wartime flour bag, samples of wheat and wholemeal flour, plus advertisements for baking products, photographs.

Cooking: Chopper, mincer, sausage filler, pork pie moulds, pie funnel, bull-head tin opener, potato masher, tin of (late 19th century) curry powder, cookery book, plus advertisements from retailers, ironmongers, for cookery products, sample menus, photographs.

Nursing: Nurse’s cap and apron, scrubbing brush, chamber pot, candlestick, triangular bandage, plus documents relating to Florence Nightingale etc.

Housework: Flat iron, string box, blanket pet, donkey stone, marmalade cutter, crumb tray, packaging for cleaning materials, overall, plus adverts for household products, extracts from household servants’ diaries and memoirs, and photograph of a maid of all work.

Wartime: Withdrawn

Post-War: Withdrawn

Beachbox: Withdrawn

Lighting: Withdrawn 

Amy Johnson: Currently not available, but if you are interested in loan items please get in touch with Sewerby Hall Education Officer using the contact details here.  A downloadable teacher’s pack will be made available during the Autumn term 2015. 

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