Loan boxes

These contain both real and replica objects from the museum and archives collections.

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.

Sudbury 1950s-1980s

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.

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.

Houses 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.

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.

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.

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.