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Museum and Galleries Loan Boxes

Museum in a Box
Loan Boxes

Victorian Schoolroom Loan BoxDolly Tub from Domestic Life loan boxRemembrance Loan Box

The box is packed with objects, information and activities that link to the key stages within the National Curriculum.

Charges

Loan boxes cost £30 per week. For community groups there is a £5 per day fee.

For all loan boxes please contact Portland Basin Museum on 0161 343 2878.

Click on each heading to see more detailed lists of items in the loans boxes.

Museums and Galleries Loan Boxes

The First World War (1914-1918)

First World War Loan Box

This box contains:

  • Artefacts relating to the experience of ‘Tommy Atkins’ during the War as well as the impact on broader society
  • Replica uniform
  • Rations
  • Soap
  • Original medals
  • Badges
  • ‘Dead Man’s Penny’
  • The works of war poet Wilfred Owen
  • Folder of contemporary paperwork for you to copy and use
  • Letters
  • Postcards
  • Army paperwork
  • Information, pictures, activities and music relating to the period

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Remembrance
(We Shall Remember Them!)

Remembrance loan box

This box contains:

  • Artefacts relating to the teaching of ‘Remembrance’
  • Modern uniform
  • Veterans’ badge
  • Poppy wreath
  • Union flag
  • Replica grave marker
  • Books showing how disability has been portrayed in the past and today
  • ‘Dead Man’s Penny’
  • Embroidered postcards from the First World War (1914-1918)
  • Music and activities relating to the topic

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National Service
(1950’s army life)

National Service Loan Box

This box contains:

  • 1950s uniform
  • National Serviceman’s handbook
  • Currency
  • Medals
  • Badges
  • Brush
  • Button-stick
  • Music of the 1950’s
  • Map of the world showing where men served
  • Information, pictures and activities relating to the topic

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A Soldiers’ Souvenirs
(through the ages)

Souvenirs Loan Box

This box contains:

  • Artefacts relating to the ‘Soldier as collector’ with artefacts spanning the generations
  • Souvenirs from the Boer War (1899-1902)
  • Souvenirs  First World War (1914-18)
  • Souvenirs from the Second World War (1939-45)
  • Souvenirs from Iraq (2003-09)
  • Chocolate box ‘from the colonies’
  • 1914 Princess Mary gift box
  • Paperweight with Regimental Cap Badge inside
  • ‘Most Wanted’ Iraqi playing cards
  • Embroideries from various periods
  • Postcards
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Belt
  • Information and activities relating to the theme

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Britain Since 1950

Britain Since 1950 loan box

This box contains:-

  • Kodak Instamatic camera, launched 1963
  • Cine camera, in box with instructions, 1960s
  • Portable radio, 1960s
  • Practical Mechanics magazine
  • Tin to commemorate the Queen’s coronation in 1953
  • Pre-decimal coins
  • Decimal coins, including ½ pennies, 5p, 10p and 50p
  • ‘Your Guide to Decimal Money’ booklet, 1971
  • Decimal coin presentation pack
  • Money savings tin
  • 1960s flower patterned dress
  • 1960s sunglasses
  • 1960s Flower Power jacket
  • 1960s cap
  • 1960s bangle
  • Selection of sewing patterns,1960s-70s
  • Milk recipes book
  • Trex cookery book
  • Tala measuring jug,
  • 1950s Woman’ magazine
  • Woman’ magazine
  • ‘United Review’ programme for Manchester United from 1969
  • Smash Hits magazine, 1985
  • No1 magazine, 1984
  • Plastic tomato sauce dispenser
  • Selection of postcards

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Childhood

Childhood loan box

This box contains:

  • Yo-yo
  • Marbles
  • Happy Families cards
  • Donkey card game
  • Wooden building blocks
  • Rosebud doll
  • Hopscotch (9 pieces and two markers)
  • Doll used for French knitting
  • 4 laminated pages from Tri-ang toy catalogue, 1938
  • Wooden pencil case
  • School cap from Hyde Grammar School
  • Science text book
  • School exercise book
  • Mathematics text book
  • Janet and John reading book
  • Ashton-under-Lyne school book
  • School badge from Flowery Field School in Hyde
  • Child’s Christening gown & child’s nightdress
  • Baby’s hairbrush
  • Two knitting patterns for baby clothes
  • Washing tongs
  • Wooden posser for washing clothes
  • Carbolic soap
  • Laminated copies of toy adverts and annuals

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Coronation

The Queen's Coronation loan box

This box contains:

  • Scrap book of the Queen’s Coronation
  • Programme for the Queen’s Coronation
  • 3 tins with the Queen on
  • Commemorative spoon in blue box
  • Commemorative coin in blue box
  • Commemorative coin set in presentation box
  • 3 medals given out in Tameside for coronations in 1911 and 1937
  • 2 Handkerchiefs
  • Scarf
  • Bunting
  • Doll
  • 5 laminated copies of adverts for radios and televisions
  • 4 laminated copies of tickets to see the Coronation
  • Postcard of the Queen
  • Postcard of the royal balcony
  • Crown for dressing up
  • DVD, ‘A Queen is Crowned’
  • Book, ‘The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth’
  • 3 folders of photographs, activities and information

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Domestic Life

Domestic Life loan box 
Dolly tup for Domestic loan box 

This box contains:

  • Dolly tub for washing clothes in
  • Copper posser for agitating clothes in dolly tub to get dirt out
  • Metal scrubbing board for scrubbing dirty clothes against
  • Wicker carpet beater – rugs were hung over washing line and beaten with this to remove dust
  • Clothes for pretend wash session using the items above
  • Cotton apron - can be used for dressing up
  • Mop cap – can be used for dressing up
  • Washing tongs for picking washed clothes out of a dolly tub
  • Washing line – this can be hung up across the classroom or community room
  • Wooden pegs for hanging washing on the above washing line
  • Old fashioned home made clothes pegs
  • Flat iron – this would have been heated on the kitchen range or fire.
  • Reckitt’s dolly blue for adding to washing to make white clothes white
  • Lanolin soap
  • Fairy soap
  • Wire carpet beater
  • Two household brushes
  • Chamber pot
  • Donkey stone for cleaning the front door step
  • Bundle of replica fire wood
  • Ceramic hot water bottle
  • 1lb weight for weighing food on a set of scales
  • Half pint measurer for buying liquids such as milk
  • Pair of butter pats for shaping and forming a block of butter
  • Mouli grater
  • Egg holder
  • Oxo tin
  • Ginger beer bottle by Barrett of Ashton
  • Booklet: 120 Ways with Bread
  • Booklet: Bird’s Pastries and Sweets
  • Booklet: Every Housewife’s Guide Book
  • Booklet: Subtle Seasoning with Lea and Perrins

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Second World War - Home Front

Second World War loan box

This box contains:

  • Leaflet issued by the Government; ‘Things You Should Know if War Comes’
  • Wooden rattle used by ARP Wardens to warn people about air raids
  • Metal tin used for storing a gas mask in
  • Bag used to carry a gas mask in
  • Metal plaque for Cheshire Air Raid Wardens
  • Air Raid Precautions (ARP) badge in box
  • Protection of Your Home Against Air Raids booklet
  • Booklet issued by the Government; Air Raid Precautions for Animals
  • Aid Raid Precautions booklet; First Aid and Nursing for Gas Casualties
  • Bandage
  • Booklet issued by the Government advising people how to mask their windows to reduce bomb damage
  • 2 Civil Defence armbands
  • Booklet about different jobs available in the Civil Defence
  • Women’s Voluntary Service badge
  • AFS badge
  • Soldier’s Service and Pay book
  • Soldier’s Release book
  • Prayer book presented to Bessie Benson at St Mark’s Church Dukinfield for her service with His Majesty’s forces during the Second World War
  • National Service booklet
  • Tin of National Dried Milk
  • McDougall’s cookbook
  • Food ration book
  • Purse with coins used during the Second World War
  • National Saving Stamp book
  • Clothes ration book
  • Make do and Mend booklet
  • Sewing tin containing threads
  • Darning mushroom used for darning clothes, socks in particular
  • Leaflet issued by the Government; ‘Evacuation Why and How’
  • Glass marbles
  • Shrapnel
  • Book, Children of the Blitz
  • 2 identity cards
  • Tobacco duty relief tokens
  • Motor fuel ration book
  • Laminated copies of leaflets, adverts and local notices
  • Red, white and blue bunting to create your own VE day party

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Hobbies and Leisure Time

Hobbies and Leisure Time loan box

The loan box includes:

  • Coronet camera
  • Binoculars in case
  • Book, The Gentle Art of Photography
  • Thermos flask
  • Reginald Dixon record
  • Beaded purse
  • Sewing patterns
  • Housewife magazine
  • Picturegoer magazine
  • Illustrated magazine
  • Copy of Hyde Theatre Royal programme
  • Copy of Grand Theatre Stalybridge programme
  • Lancashire Soccer book
  • 3 whist drive invitations
  • Circus Snaps playing cards
  • Romany Fortune Telling playing cards
  • Speed card game
  • Sum It card game
  • Box of dominoes
  • Draughts game
  • Vernons pools advert
  • Stalybridge Athletics Club leaflet
  • Dukinfield Soiree programme
  • Book, Entertainment in the 1900s
  • Book, The Time of our Lives
  • Vespa scooter booklet
  • Cassette tape

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Toys

Toys loan box

The box contains:

  • Whip and top (replica Victorian)
  • Cup and ball (replica Victorian)
  • Diabolo (replica Victorian)
  • Acrobatic man (replica Victorian)
  • Scrap pictures – scrap booking was a popular children’s pastime in Victorian times.
  • Marbles, played throughout 20th Century
  • Booklet with ideas of games to play with marbles
  • 4 laminated pages from Tri-ang toy catalogue, 1938
  • Wooden building blocks Early- mid 20th Century
  • Tri-ang train and 2 pieces of track 1950s
  • Doll 1950s
  • Space Family Robinson comic book 1960s
  • Lexicon word game cards 1950-60s
  • 2 trucks and 4 cars made by Matchbox and Corby 1970s-90s
  • Boggle word game 1970s
  • My Little Pony, early 1980s
  • Rubik’s cube, the toy craze of 1981
  • Tazos, given away with Walkers crisps and swapped by children in the school playground, 1990s
  • Jessie doll from ‘Toy Story’ film,
    late 1990s
  • Action Man, 2000s
  • Igglepiggle soft toy from ‘In the Night Garden’ television programme, late 2000s
  • Laminated copies of toy adverts and annuals
  • Resource pack with time line of toys, photo pack and information
  • Toys and Games book

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Victorian Schoolroom

Victorian Schoolroom loan box

The box contains:

  • Slates x20 Box of slate pencils for writing on slates
  • Cane
  • Finger stocks – would have been used to hold children’s fingers behind their backs to prevent fidgeting and to help ensure silent working
  • Admissions register (blank)
  • Regular attendance medal
  • Copies of 3 regular attendance certificates
  • Copy book (replica)
  • Skipping rope
  • Laminated copies of pages from
    Victorian copy books
  • Sampler – a modern recreation of the kind typically stitched by Victorian school girls

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Working Life - Made in Tameside

Working Life loan box

This box contains:

  • Trilby Hat
  • Linney hats advert
  • 2x Hat Brushes
  • Wolfenden and Co ticket
  • Cotton Weaver’s knotting tool
  • Cotton Queen Handkerchief
  • Glass Codd Bottle
  • Glass Bottle
  • Express Diaries long service letter and badge
  • 2 x Farm Photographs
  • Lion Brand Donkey Stone
  • Clog Irons
  • Robertson’s advert card
  • Senior Service Cigarette Tin
  • 2 x Gloves made in Denton
  • Barrett’s lemonade photograph
  • Cotton spools
  • 2x Cotton shuttle

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Seaside - by the Seaside

Seaside loan box

This box contains:

  • 1 replica glass penny lick
  • 6 seaside postcards
  • 3 swimming costumes and 1 pair of trunks
  • Pairs of sunglasses
  • Blackpool Tower model
  • Blackpool Tower brochure
  • Crazy golf ticket
  • Thimble
  • Cuff link storage box
  • Ashtray
  • By coach to the Seaside mini book
  • Ceramic man in bathing suit
  • Bucket and spade
  • Punch, Judy and Crocodile puppets
  • 2 records from the Tower Ballroom
  • A box of seaside smells
  • A box of “seaside treasure” - shells and driftwood
  • Camera
  • 2 packs of cards
  • 100 years of the Seaside book

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Teddy Bears

Teddy Bears loan box

This box contains:

  • ‘Winnie the Pooh’ teddy bear
  • Small brown bear called ‘Rolf’
  • Black bear with leopard print tummy and paws called ‘Bruno’
  • Templates of cards and fabric to show how Bruno was made
  • Book, ‘Brown Paper Bear’
  • Book, ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Book, ‘You and Me, Little Bear’
  • Book, ‘Let’s Go Home, Little Bear’
  • Book, ‘Well Done, Little Bear’
  • Book ‘Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?’
  • Book, ‘A Sense of History; Teddy Bears’
  • 7 small number counting books
  • Pack of number cards with teddy bears on
  • Book, Dean’s Rag
  • Book; ‘The First 100 Years’ 
  • Bag of fabric used for making bears
  • Laminated words for describing teddy bears
  • 3 x small plastic bears
  • 10 x A3 laminated photographs of teddy bears with their stories
  • 2 x A3 laminated information about history of bears
  • 4x A3 laminated pictures of Dean’s bears
  • 28 x A5 photographs of bears, in a folder
    Brochure of Dean’s 2005 bear collection
  • 2 x Merry Thought bear brochures
  • 2 x bear shaped postcards

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Page last updated: 1 May 2013