History Curriculum Centre artefact collections for loan

The History Curriculum Centre offers a range of artefact collections linked to the National Curriculum history programmes of study for Key Stages 1-3

These put the wow factor into most history topics, engaging pupils and making them eager to learn.

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Hiring artefact boxes

Phone the History Curriculum Centre on 01962 874802 to check the availability of your required collection before completing our online form. Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Hampshire County Council schools – forward a copy of the completed online form to your finance officer who will need to send us an internal trading document to authorize payment for the loan. Send the internal trading document to email: history.centre@hants.gov.uk.

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Available collections
 
Key Stage 1

Within and beyond living memory

Changing technology – coming soon

This collection will feature an assortment of everyday items for pupils to explore to demonstrate change and prompt questions about the past. Includes timelines showing how different strands of everyday technology have changed over time that feature some items included in the collection, eg telephones and other communication technology.


Nursery rhymes

For the youngest children, these artefacts illuminate five well-known rhymes, via practical, fun activities that lead them on their first steps into the past.


Toys, games and pastimes

Toys, games and pastimes children’s parents and grandparents will be familiar with for exploring change in a familiar context.


Toys, games and pastimes and Changing toys, games and pastimes

Toys, games and pastimes adults will be familiar with, but including some matched items from different decades to illustrate the concept of change more explicitly. Changing toys includes some matched items from different decades to illustrate the concept of change more explicitly.


Home life within living memory

Explores what home life was like when mummy or granny, or even great-granny were girls, particularly in terms of domestic chores. Can be used to make your home corner into a home from the past. with directed roles to play and tasks to complete.


Victorian home life

Looks at the home life of a rich Victorian family and their servants using a lively story which mentions each artefact to illustrate how the items were used and by whom. What is different from children’s home life today?


How school life has changed

Features items for the Victorian era, when education became universal, through to the 1990s. Ideal for approaching the difficult concept of change and involving adults to talk, or be questioned, about their school days.


Victorian schools

If your school has been established for some time, you may want to base your local study around it. Could also be used as part of a thematic study of education over time.


Holidays within living memory

How have holidays changed within living memory? What has changed and what has stayed the same since the 1950/60s?

Victorian seaside

Explore a Victorian family’s seaside holiday via a lively story (included) which mentions most of the artefacts. Then create a vivid display or museum exhibit.


Castle life

Recreate life in a medieval castle and role play creating a banquet fit for the Lord and Lady using the cooking equipment, tableware and sumptuous wall hangings.


Significant past events and individuals

Great Fire of London

Explore the fire through artefacts, timeline story, maps and other resources. How well does a bucket chain/ squirt work?


Titanic trunk

An historic event with many local links, this collection is designed to offer an intriguing mystery for pupils to solve as a stimulus for a study of the sinking of the Titanic.


World War II evacuees

Explore what life would have been like for the children and their teachers/carers who were evacuated during WW2.


World War II home front

Brings to life a study of life on the home front during the Second World War. What was life like for the men, women and children who remained in Britain during the war?


World War I

For exploring the event, commemorating the centenaries of major battles and its ending, or for annual Remembrance events.


Mary Anning

Explores the life and work of the young girl who discovered and understood the fossilized remains prehistoric creatures yet whose achievements were only fully recognised in recent times.


Queens: Lives and times

Costume and role play items join artefacts relating to Elizabeth I, Queen Victorian and Elizabeth II to help pupils compare their lives and what life was like at the times they lived and ruled, particularly in relation to all forms of communication.


Florence Nightingale

Locally, nationally and internationally famous, through this collection children encounter evidence of Florence’s work and legacy.


Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole worked in the Crimea, at the same time as Florence Nightingale but in a different way. Although as famous as Florence at the time, memory of her almost faded until recently.

Key Stage 2

Stone, Bronze and Iron Age

Explore the tools and weapons people who lived so long ago managed to make from the very limited range of natural resources available to them and to explore the technological changes that took place across the three periods.


Life in Roman Britannia

Explores the lifestyles of Britons and Romans/Romano-Britons and prompts pupils to investigate whether Roman innovations and introductions impacted everyone living in Roman Britannia and if they all outlasted the Roman occupation.


Roman soldiers: fighters or builders?

Explores the pivotal role the Roman army played in the Romanisation of Roman provinces like Britannia and why they were nicknamed Marius’ Mules.


Roman villa excavation

Create a mock excavation of a Roman villa site with fragmentary items that would be found during such a dig, to explore how historians and archaeologists work and how we know about Roman life.

Anglo-Saxon life through death

Explores what grave goods can tell us about Saxon life and culture, including men’s and women’s roles. Also explores conversion from paganism to Christianity by examining changing burial practices.


The Maya

Explore this mysterious civilization through artefacts, books and other resources that illustrate aspects of Mayan life, knowledge and beliefs.


Ancient Greek life

Illustrates many aspects of ancient Greek life, their achievements and their influence on us today, from mathematics, philosophy, politics, justice and theatre to religion, medicine and the Olympics.


Egyptian achievements

This collection asks pupils to decode evidential images from real Egyptian tombs and match them to replica artefacts to see what they tell us about Egyptian technology and other achievements.


Viking life

Explores aspects of Viking life and culture such as war and conflict, daily life, beliefs.

For local or post 1066 studies

Life in Tudor times

Explores different aspects of Tudor life for schools that may be studying the Tudors as part of a local or post-1066 study.


Victorian schools

If your school has Victorian buildings , you may want to base your local study around it and use the artefacts to help stage a Victorian school day


Victorian seaside

Schools close to the coast may want to use nearby Victorian resorts for their local study. This collection allows a linked exploration of seaside clothing and entertainments from the time.

Titanic trunk

This tragic event has many local links in the south of the county. The collection can be used as a stimulus for your study and also includes sources of information.


World War II evacuees

Colleagues in areas blitzed during World War II may be exploring this as their local or post-1066 study. If so this collection might link well to show what life would have been like for the children and their teachers/carers who were evacuated during World War II.


World War II home front

For those schools looking at WWII as a post-1066 study this collection brings to life what life on the home front was like for the men, women and children who remained in Britain during the war.

Other

World War I

For exploring the event, commemorating the centenaries of major battles and its ending, or for annual Remembrance events.


Lighting through time

Today, with the flick of a switch we can have light wherever we need it, but it was not that simple in the past, as this collection demonstrates.

Mystery objects

A collection of unusual objects to practice the skill of deduction – What is it? Who might have used it? How does it work? What period is it from?

Booking

We accept bookings from subscribing schools up to four terms ahead (six weeks for non-subscribing schools).

To order the artefact boxes, complete the online form below. Send us an internal trading document / purchase order to confirm your request within 10 working days or we will be unable to complete your order.

Hampshire County Council schools: Forward a copy of the completed online form to your finance officer who will need to send us an internal trading document. Email the internal trading document to history.centre@hants.gov.uk.

History Curriculum Centre artefact boxes order form

Charges

Loans for subscribing schools cost £20 for a one week loan, £35 for a two week loan and £50 for a three week loan. Longer loans will be calculated using the prices quoted above. For example, a 4 week loan to a subscribing school would be charged as a 3 week loan plus a 1 week loan, so £50 + £20 = £70.

Non-Hampshire schools will be charged VAT at 20%. Non-subscribing schools will be charged an additional £35 per loan.

A cancellation fee will be charged for loans that are cancelled at less than three weeks notice (half the loan fee plus £5 administration cost). Loans that are no longer required but have not been cancelled will be charged in full.

We reserve the right to charge for replacement of any lost or damaged artefacts.

Delivery options

Collection of boxes from the History Centre

Most collections are housed in large trunks or boxes and will need considerable room to transport them. They also weigh a considerable amount so please ensure the person collecting them is capable of lifting/carrying them to and from their car.

Collecting artefacts

The artefacts will be available for collection from the History Centre on the Friday prior to the week your loan begins, between 1.30pm and 4.30pm prompt (when the Centre closes).

Returning artefacts

Artefacts must be returned to the History Centre by 12.30pm on the Friday at the end of your loan period. We insist on prompt return as collections need to be checked and prepared for other borrowers to collect in the afternoon. An additional charge will be levied for late arrival.

Alternatively, the RE/History Centre is often manned until 5.00pm on Thursday evenings (you may need to knock after 4.30pm). If the Centre is already shut, boxes can be placed in reception next door in Falcon House until 5.00pm. Note that staff offer this facility as a favour to us, and must in no way be inconvenienced as a result.

Delivery by Hampshire Courier Service

Boxes can be sent to Hampshire local authority schools via the courier. As schools only get two courier deliveries/collections a week, some time will be lost at either end of the loan if this transit option is used.

Hampshire Courier Service will deliver the artefacts to your school during the loan starts week specified on your booking confirmation. If the artefacts are available in the week prior to your loan, we may despatch them earlier to ensure you have maximum use of them. You will not be charged for extra days in this case.

Returning artefacts

You will need to have the box/case ready for collection and return to the History Centre by the second courier day of the loan ends week specified on your booking confirmation at the latest. Most schools' deliveries/collections are either on Mondays and Wednesdays or on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Your school office staff can advise you which day applies. This will also be indicated on the return paperwork which will be inside the box/case when it arrives in school.

It is the school's responsibility to ensure the box/case is correctly labelled (reverse the delivery label) and ready in time for collection at their courier pick-up point on the appropriate day. This may be before the school opens, so placing the boxes the evening before may be advisable. Failure to do so will result in late return to the History Centre for which additional charges will be levied.

Portsmouth schools

Most collections are housed in large trunks or boxes and will need considerable room to transport them. They also weigh a considerable amount so please ensure the person collecting them is capable of lifting and carrying them to their car.

Collecting artefacts

The artefacts should be available for you to collect at the Portsmouth courier depot by the Tuesday of the loan start week quoted on your booking confirmation. We advise that you use the contact details below to check that your box/case has arrived before collecting it.

Portsmouth Courier Depot
Basement, Civic Offices
Guildhall Square
Portsmouth
PO1 2BG

Phone: 023 9283 4135

Opening hours: 7.45am to 4.00pm

Returning artefacts

Artefacts must be carefully repacked, clearly addressed (reverse the delivery label) and returned to the courier depot before close of business on the Wednesday of the loan ends week specified on your booking confirmation(s). Failure to do so will incur a late return charge as it will result in a missed courier journey back to the History Centre and thereby inconvenience our next borrower.