Loan boxes

Bring the fun of the museum to your class with one of our loan boxes. Each box contains both real and replica objects from the museum and archives collections.

There is a hire charge of £17 per week for loan boxes.

Hire a loan box

If you have any further questions, please include them when you email the enquiry form.


Find a list of loan boxes below:

People Powered - from the ground up

Brent’s Gujarati Community: Roots and Changes: Gujarati influences

Brent’s Somali community

Sudbury 1950s-1960s

Windrush Generation in Brent

Homes from Brent’s Past

Toys from Brent’s Past

Mary Seacole/Cultural Identity 

Victorian Brent

Brent in the Second World War

Faces and Places 


FREE hire until 3 December 2021:

People Powered - from the ground up

Audience: KS1
Ideal for: history, literacy

This loans box includes a PowerPoint with embedded audio clips and learning points and activities to deliver a lesson using the objects, maps and photos supplied in the loans box. It also includes creative writing suggestions.

This loans box enables children to handle and try on items connected to Wembley Stadium as well explore maps and photos as a way to explore local and national changes within living memory and significant events and people. Children will learn about key moments and people connected to Wembley Stadium over the last 130 years. Children will be able to describe how the site changed from a landscaped pleasure park to the new stadium we know now. Children will be able to identify different ways that photos reflect the personalities of the people in the portraits.

 


Brent’s Gujarati Community: Roots and Changes: Gujarati influences

Audience: KS2

The aim of this loans box is to help children develop their knowledge and understanding of the history and experiences of Gujaratis migrating to Britain and particularly Brent.

This loans box was created by Subrang Arts and includes:

  • 31 pairs of Dandiya dancing sticks and a link to a video to learn a dance using them; female and male dance costumes; male dancer’s cap and saris to try on; hand clappers and metal cymbals to play; traditional embroidered wall hanging to handle and rolling pin and board to role play making chapatis.
  • Photos of a Gujarati wedding; a convenience store owned by a Gujarati person, four shops on Ealing Road, Neasden Temple and Wembley Central Mosque.
  • Pictures of alphabets used by Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat to compare.
  • 14 religious items relating to Hinduism and Islam to handle including a Kankavati, Arti thali and Purna-Kalasha used during Hindu ceremonies and a Sajjadat Salat, Tasbih and Qibla used during prayers by Muslims.

The learning resource in the loans box includes a reading comprehension about how and why Gujaratis migrated from Gujarat and a link to, and a transcript of an oral history interview with a person who migrated to Britain in the 1970s and four profiles of key members of the Gujarati community in Brent.

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Brent’s Somali community

Audience: KS2
Ideal for: history, Black History Month, communities

A range of materials such as personal testimonies from Brent’s Somali community, objects from the nomadic Somali people, traditional Somali dress, photographs and maps help children to explore Somali traditional culture and the Somali community in Brent.

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Sudbury 1950s-1960s

Audience: KS1 and KS2

Students learn about changes in Sudbury from 1950s-1980s using interviews from local residents.  The suitcase comes with objects, photos and a range of resources to help you deliver activities at your school exploring changes in toys, leisure, home life and how the area has changed.  This loans box would also be of interest to teachers in other parts of the borough.

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Windrush Generation in Brent

Audience: KS1 and KS2

Brent Culture Service worked with elders from the Windrush Generation who settled in Brent to learn about their experiences and to find out which objects were popular in their homes in the 50s and 60s.

This loans box contains original shoes and 7" records, a full petticoat to try on, a framed 60s wedding photograph, a special doll that decorated bathroom tissues and glass ornaments. Photographs of a reconstructed West Indian Front Room, portraits of elders from the Windrush Generation in Brent and two specially commissioned poems by Malika Booker complete the box.

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Homes from Brent’s Past 

Audience: KS1 and KS2

These original objects illustrate the development over time of household tasks such as cooking, washing and cleaning, focusing particularly on home life before electricity. The accompanying archive material provides examples of different houses and building styles in Brent.

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Mary Seacole/Cultural Identity

Audience: KS1 and KS2

This loans box contains a replica Mary Seacole jacket to try on, a copy of Mary Seacole's book 'The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands' and a PowerPoint with audio clips on each slide to guide your class through a lesson learning about Mary Seacole and exploring ideas of 'home' and 'cultural identity'.

To see how Byron Court Primary used the Homes from Brent’s Past loans box to learn about Mary Seacole and explore what home means to them, watch 'Mary Seacole: Coming Home' video

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Toys from Brent’s Past

Audience: KS1

The range of old-fashioned toys in this box represent the changing styles and fashions of toys from past times to the present day.  There are a large range of toys to play with. Encourages exploration of changing materials and comparisons between old and new. The accompanying archive material shows historical images of children at play in Brent.

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Victorian Brent

Audience: KS2

The archive material in this loans box shows images of Brent in Victorian times. These original objects can be used in the classroom to help understand daily life and innovation in Victorian times, including exploring the themes of housework, fashion and the typical school day.

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Brent in the Second World War 

Audience: KS2

This box contains original objects related to life on the home front during the Second World War, aiding the classroom teaching of themes such as rationing, air raids and evacuation. The accompanying archive material shows children evacuated from local schools, as well as bomb damage in the local area.

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Faces and Places loans box (from September 2021)

The Faces and Places resource box contains portraits of inspirational people connected to the local borough, cross-curricular group activities, and tools to create exhibitions. Suitable for all key stages, teachers and pupils are invited to use the adaptable resources to develop creative skills around visual literacy, local history research and portrait making. Faces and Places - National Portrait Gallery is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund. The people featured in the loans resource are: George Michael; Mary Seacole; Ian Wright; Riz Ahmed; Shami Chakrabarti; Lenny Henry; Janet Kay; Courtney Pine; Zadie Smith and Rachel Yankey.

Suggested additional hire: While you are exploring Mary Seacole in the Faces and Places loans box, you could also hire our Houses and Homes in Brent loans box and request the Home and Cultural Identity resource add in which consists of a replica Mary Seacole jacket, a copy of Mary Seacole's book 'The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands', a PowerPoint with audio clips to guide your class through an exploration of the ideas of 'home', 'cultural identity' and Mary Seacole’s experiences and a link to our Mary Seacole Coming Home video. The Houses and Homes in Brent loans box enables children to explore domestic artefacts from the past while exploring these themes.

Using the Faces and Places loans resource with your students in the autumn term 2021 is a really good foundation for a visit to our ‘Icons of Colour Portraits of Brent’s Change Makers’ exhibition (at Brent Museum and Archives from December 2021 to February 2022), as many of the actual portraits from the National Portrait Gallery featured in the Faces and Places loans resource will be on display at Brent Museum and Archives.

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