Support for schools continues as free loans boxes mean pupils can hold history in their hands

To support teachers who are continuing to deliver lessons during lockdown, Heritage and Culture Warwickshire are currently offering a selection of their loans boxes for free to schools that remain open to the children of key workers and vulnerable children.

It’s just one of the innovative ways that Warwickshire County Council’s Heritage & Culture team are ensuring that children can still get involved with their work even though museums and archives buildings are currently closed.

Teachers and educators can choose from 6 different topics, covering prehistory to the 20th century, to assist them with lessons and class curriculum topics.

The six boxes available are:

Fossils: Explore Warwickshire’s Jurassic past and discover the creatures that lived here 200 million years ago. Contents include ammonites, echinoids, fossilised sea floor and tree bark, ichthyosaur vertebrae and more.

Archaeology: Examine a range of real finds from around Warwickshire. Contents include pottery from the Roman, Medieval, post-Medieval and Victorian eras, animal bones, seeds, tiles and more.

World War One: Explore original and replica objects from both the museum and County Record Office. Contents include trench whistle, mess tine, field dressing, postcards, miniature medals and more.

Medicine through Time: Explore documents and objects from Egyptian to Victorian times. Contents include Roman surgical and hygiene equipment, Egyptian amulet and cosmetic bowl, herbal remedies, electric machine and more.

Victorian Childhood: A collection of objects common in any Victorian nursery or school. Contents include writing slate, embroidery sample, skittles, baby’s gown and more.

Kitchens through Time: A range of typical kitchen gadgets from the Victorian period to the modern day. Contents include stoneware, toasting fork, jelly mould, pie raiser, weighing scales and more.

Each box has full teacher notes, suggested activities and supporting resources. Boxes can be borrowed for 2 weeks.

Visit the website to see the boxes available: http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/heritageeducation/heritage-education-loans-boxes/ and email heritageeducation@warwickshire.gov.uk to book.

In addition to the school loans boxes, staff are developing and delivering lots of online activities that children and families can take part in at home as lockdown continues.

They include ‘Arty Tots from Home’, where you can join in with games, songs and crafts that you can easily do at home with your under 5s (visit http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/arty-tots-at-home/) and ‘Warwickshire Museum in your Home’, bringing to you a taste of the events that Warwickshire Heritage & Culture would usually hold in their museums at this time of year with a different theme each week (visit http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/warwickshire-museum-in-your-home/).