Loan boxes for KS3 and KS4

In addition to facilitated workshops we offer a wide selection of loan boxes to schools and other organised groups, with fascinating museum objects to handle. The boxes have been developed with resources and lesson plans to support the National Curriculum and loan boxes currently available cover study units within History, Science, Art and Citizenship. They can be used to support Gifted and Talented programmes and to provide curriculum enrichment for all pupils.

Whilst the teachers’ packs are generally geared towards specific Key Stages, in reality the objects are very versatile and can be used to support a great number of activities for any age or learning stage. Learning staff are available to suggest ways the boxes can be used.

loan box

The objects are specially packed in foam in metal boxes to keep them safe while they’re transported. You can borrow a loan box free of charge for up to three weeks. Teachers need to collect and return the boxes from UCL, but they can be taken on public transport if necessary.

To book or make enquiries, please contact the Head of Learning and Access. We can also offer you advice on using handling collections with pupils and can suggest ways of making the best use of a loan box to support your teaching.

Subjects of the Loan Boxes


Teachers’ pack supports History Key Stage 3 (Black Peoples of America unit).
This box contains objects from a plantation site in America and some replicas of relevant finds.  It provides an introduction to some of the issues around the Transatlantic Slave Trade and introduces the archaeological evidence. Teachers can use any of the eight lesson-plans incuded.

Citizenship & Identity

Teachers’ pack supports Citizenship Key Stages 3 and 4.

Can physical appearances tell us anything about people? With this box students can take their own fingerprints, and perform some biometrics on themselves (measuring head size, looking at glass eyes).
The loan box uses replica and facsimile objects to allow children a hands-on experience whilst learning about human rights, the criminal justice system and identity.

Find out more on the Galton Collections website

Animals for art

Teachers’ pack supports Post-16 Art or Design.
Using real animal specimens from the Grant Museum of Zoology, students are encouraged to look at the patterns in nature, and the architecture of skeletons and other anatomical structures to revist the way they view the world. This box provides fantastic inspiration for a wide number of art activities.