Loan Boxes

Loan Boxes

Loans boxes are available to borrow free of charge from the Dock Museum and use in the classroom or other setting such as a care home.  The Shopping loans box is particularly appreciated by older users.

The loans boxes have been prepared with the national curriculum in mind, and is especially relevant for Key Stages 1 and 2.

How to book?

Please contact the Dock Museum to book a loans box.  This service is free of charge.

dockmuseum@barrowbc.gov.uk
01229 876400

Please read our T&Cs and our handling policy for the loan boxes. 

The loans boxes have to be picked up from the Dock Museum and then returned here.  We do not send our loans boxes in the post.

What loan boxes are available?

We have nine loan boxes, each available for loan for a three week period. 

Vikings

Description

The Vikings were master craftsmen and traders and this box gives an impression of how they lived, worshipped, what they wore and even how they cleaned their ears!

Loan box includes: 

  • Thor's hammer
  • Statue of Thor
  • Beads
  • Viking
  • Trading
  • Whetstones
  • Drinking Horn
  • Toilet Set
  • Brooches
  • Coppergate cap
  • Tablet Braid
  • Comb
  • Key and dress
  • Puttees

Vikings

Contents

Click here to read notes for teachers for the Viking loan box.

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Victorian Kitchen

Description

Some objects will still be very familiar today but the Victorian kitchen illustrates the Victorian period neatly with their delight in innovation, mania for cleanliness and also the time-consuming nature of household work.  

Loan box includes: 

  • Blacking Brush
  • Butter Hands or Pats
  • Donkey Stone
  • Tea Caddy
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Selection of Moulds
  • Grater
  • Potato Masher
  • Biscuit Cutter
  • Bottle
  • Candle Holder
  • Egg Whisk
  • Marmalade Jar

 

Victorian Kitchen

Contents

Click here to read notes for teachers for the Victorian Kitchen box.




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Washday Blues

Description

Laundry day was staggeringly tiring and hard work.  This box gives an excellent impression of what life was like in the Victorian period.

Loan box includes:

  • Dolly Tub and dolly Peg
  • Posser and Stirrer
  • Carbolic Soap, Pegs
  • Dolly Blue Box
  • Dolly Blue Box
  • Darning Mushroom
  • Drawers and Christening Gown

Washday Blues

Contents

Click here to read teachers for the Washday Blues box




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Furness Railway

Description

Railways transformed life in Britain and certainly in the Furness area.  Find out the origins of the railway, how people worked on it and even the origins of the "Thomas down the mine" story!

Loan box includes:

  • Signal Lamps
  • Flags
  • Waistcoat
  • Furness Railway Spanner
  • Cap
  • Telephone
  • Guard's Cap
  • Furness Railway Crest or Coat-of-Arms
  • Timelines

Furness Railway

Contents

Click here to read notes for teachers for the Furness Railway loan box



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World War Two

Description

Barrow suffered during its own blitz due to the presence of the shipyard and steelworks in the town.  This box looks at rationing, air raids and daily life for Barrovians.

Loan box includes:

  • Gas Mask (Replica)
  • Ration Book
  • Bombing Map
  • National Registration Identity Card
  • Civil Defence First Aid Post Helmet
  • Shrapnel
  • Rationing 
  • Toilet Paper
  • Eye Shields
  • ARP Bell
  • German Incendiary Bomb

World War Two

Contents

Click here to read notes for teachers for the World War Two box


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Shopping

Description

With objects and a wicker shopping basket dating from the 1930s to the 1960s this box will help older users take a trip down memory lane. 

Loan box includes:

  • The Coop
  • OXO Box and Tin
  • Reckitt's Blue box
  • Smith's Potato Crisps
  • Cinnamon Tablets
  • National Dried Milk Formula
  • Bicarbonate of Soda
  • Wicker Shopping Basket
  • Veritas Oil Mantel

Shopping

Contents

Click here to read notes for teachers for the Shopping box


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Toys

Description

Toys from the late Victorian period to the twentieth century (including a writing slate, Dinky toys and Rubik's Cube) show both how little and how much has changed and developed over the decades.

Loan box includes:

  • Tin Bucket
  • Dinky Toys
  • Writing Slate
  • Soft Toys
  • Rubik's Cube
  • Cardboard Egg
  • Album of cut-outs
  • Marbles
  • Japhet and Happy Book
  • Rag Doll

Toys

Contents

Click here to read notes for teachers for the Toys box


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Toys 2

Description

Toys from the late Victorian period to the twentieth century (including a writing slate, boulie hoop and frisbee) show both how little and how much has changed and developed over the decades.

Loan box includes: 

  • Cup and Ball
  • Slate
  • Canterbury Feeding Bottle
  • Tin bucket 
  • Boulie Hoop
  • Penny Money Bank
  • Pigs in Clover Puzzle
  • ABC Minors Badge
  • Tapestry Sampler
  • Christening Gown and Underskirt
  • Frisbee
  • Etch A Sketch

Toys 2

Contents

Click here to read notes for teachers for the Toys 2 box


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Seaside

Description

Swimsuits, camera and toys (amongst other objects) show how you would have had fun at the seaside from the Victorian period up to the present day. A Magic Grandad DVD and resource pack is also included.

 Loan box includes:

  • Parasol
  • Punch and Judy
  • Boy's Bathing Costume (replica)
  • Ladies Swimming Costume
  • Dinky Toys
  • Dacora Camera
  • Brownie Camera
  • Bucket and Spade
  • Magic Grandad DVD and Resource Pack

Seaside

Contents

Click here to read notes for teachers for the Seaside loan box



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