Loans boxes

Object Handling

Welcome to Boxes of Delight

Hands-on-history boxes delivered directly to North East schools.

Booking a box:

Over 100 boxes available to loan, each one packed with inspiring objects link to our region, our collections and the national curriculum. 

We have 6 fixed points in the year when boxes are delivered. Please book your boxes before the courier deadlines below. If you miss the courier deadline your school will need to make your own arrangements to collect and drop back loans boxes to the museum.

Spring 1 courier booking deadline: 
Friday 5th Jan
Spring 2 courier booking deadline: 
Friday 16th Feb
Summer 1 courier booking deadline: 
Friday 12th April
Summer 2 courier booking deadline: 
Friday 24th May


Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age & Prehistoric Britain

Ancient World

Romans, Greeks & Egyptians


Tudor Lives Battle of Flodden


Toys, Washday, Schoolroom, Home Life & Florence Nightingale

World War I

Home Front, Front Line

World War II

WWII, Evacuees & Battle of Britain

20th Century

Homes & Toys

Local History

Coal Mining, George and Robert Stephenson, Ship Building, Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead.


Dinosaurs and Fossils, 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?