Boxes of Delight

Object Handling

Welcome to Boxes of Delight

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums loans box service

User Information

Please be aware that subscriptions to our membership scheme are currently at full capacity. We are therefore unable to take on any new membership schools at this time. 

We are not yet taking any bookings for the 22/23 school year.  We are currently at capacity in our membership scheme, however this is being reviewed for the year ahead. Further information about membership availability will be posted on our website in July. 

We will be opening bookings for schools that are not signed up to our membership scheme, for the whole of the 22/23 school year, from Monday 3rd October 2022.


Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age & Prehistoric Britain

Ancient World

Romans, Greeks & Egyptians


Costumes & Battle of Flodden


Toys, Washday, Schoolroom, Servant, Homelife & Florence Nightingale

World War I

Home Front, Front Line

World War II

WWII, Evacuees & Battle of Britain

20th Century

Homes & Toys

Local History

Played in Tyne & Wear, Coal Mining, Toon Times, Shopping in the Past and North East History


Rocks & Fossils & Evolution

Additional Topics

Archaeology, Civil War, Compare Old & New, Seaside Holidays, Mystery Objects

Book of Delights

Activity ideas and games for use with your loans box

Adult Health and Wellbeing Boxes

Are you from a group of adult learners?