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

We offer a wide range of loan boxes that can be used with groups, schools, in care homes, hospitals, or just at home with family and friends.

Each box is packed with objects, information and activities, some that link to the National Curriculum and others that are perfect for reminiscence.

If you’re not sure which box is best for you, just give us a call.

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

 

Food and Drink The First World War (1914-1918) Second World War Home Front
Hair Remembrance (We Shall Remember Them) Toys
Hobbies and Leisure National Service (1950's army life) Victorian Schoolroom
Transport A Soldiers' Souvenirs (through the ages) Seaside
Working Life Childhood Teddy Bears
Britain in the 1950's and 1960's Coronation Romans
Britain in the 1970's and 1980's Domestic Life Faiths

Food and Drink loan box

This box contains:

• Bournville paper bag with textile handles
• Garton’s HP Tomato Ketchup paper bag with textile handles
• Barrett’s lime squash glass bottle – Early 20th Century
• Barrett’s soda syphon Circa 1890
• Twinings tin of Blue Mountain Jamaica Blend Coffee
• Pearce Duff’s Custard Powder
• Cow and Gates Farmer’s Wife Cheese paper bag with textile handles
• Hillaby’s Pontefract Cakes tin
• National Dried Milk tin Circa 1939
• Jelly mould
• Co-op stamp collecting book
• Ministry of Food ration book 1953-1954
• Bovril advert Published in 1938
• Bovril pot
• Co-op milkman metal sign
• Glass jar of Horlicks
• Haigh and Howard Brewery beermat ‘Beer is Best’
• Tea strainer
• Peak Frean’s Famous Biscuits tin
• Farmhouse Kitchen Recipe Book – Published in 1978
• J. Worthington glass milk bottle
• Weighing scale weights 1oz, 2oz, 4oz.
• Fyffes ‘the top banana’ advertisement
• Egg whisk
• ‘Fruit and Carnation: A Good Combination’ cardboard advertisement
• Mystery object

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Hair Loan Box

This box contains:

• Glass Rowlands Macassar Oil Bottle Circa 1880’s
• Antimacassar Circa 1930’s
• Plastic comb and wallet
• Manual hair clippers
• Old Spice shaving mug
• Carola Bobby Pins Circa 1930’s
• Hair fact cards
• Doris Oldham salon photographs
• Vanity mirror and brush Circa 1930’s
• Electric shaver in brown leather pouch Circa 1930’s
• Flat Cap
• Shaving jug
• Shaving brush
• Brylcreem
• Velcro hair curlers
• Moustache cup and saucer Late 19th Century
• Dress up Judge’s wig Circa 2010
• Hair Advertisements
• Hairnet
• Blue paisley silk headscarf Circa 1960
• Crisco hair net package
• Mystery object

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Hobbies and Leisure loan box

This box contains:

• Vespa scooter booklet
• CD – Rock and Roll Masterpieces
• Beaded purse
• Sewing patterns
• Lancashire Soccer book
• Playing Cards - Circus snaps
• Playing Cards - Romany Fortune telling cards
• Playing Cards - Speed Card Game
• Playing Cards – Sum It
• Pack of 12 photographs featuring pubs, cinemas and other leisure activities
• The Gentle Art of Photography Coronet camera
• Copy of Grand Theatre Stalybridge programme
• Binoculars in case
• Dukinfield Soiree programme
• Box of dominoes
• Draughts game
• Reginald Dixon record
• Knitting pattern and knitting
• Stalybridge Athletics Club leaflet
• Vernons pools advert
• Belle Vue Zoo booklet
• 3 whist drive invitiations
• Housewife magazine
• Picturegoer magazine
• Illustrated Magazine
• 60’s Swimming costume
• Swimming cap
• Airfix Spitfire model kit
• Plastic snooker triangle
• Snooker chalk
• Snooker balls
• Beer mats
• Mystery object

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Transport Loan Box

This box contains:

• Trains 320 piece jigsaw puzzle
• Peak Forest Canal Brass Seal Early 19th Century
• Peak Forest Canal Horse Brass
• Manchester Tram – Cardboard model
• Bicycle bell
• Pitman’s book; ‘The second Book of the Lambretta’ Published in 1967
• Driving gloves
• Corgi Classics 97263 Single Deck Tram Ashton Under Lyne
• Manchester Corporation plastic tokens Early 20th Century
• Train driver’s hat
• Advert for Oldham car batteries Denton here there everywhere 1949
• The Motorcycle Magazine October 19th, 1939 No 1906 Vol 63
• 1954 Highway Code
• Tax Discs
• British Railways Passenger Train Facilities and Map A5 booklet
• 8 paper bus tickets printed by Williamson’s
• London and North Western Railway Summer Holidays advertisement for Ashton Wakes trips to Lancaster and Morecambe
• London and North Western Railway Summer Holidays advertisement for holidays to the South Coast
• Motor Fuel Ration Book Early 1940’s
• Studio photograph of people in car
• Pocket watch
• Mystery object

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Working Life loan Box

This box contains:

• Robertson’s advertisement
• Air flight receipt
• Farm certificate
• Victoria Mill compliment slip
• Rules of operating cotton spinners and twiners
• Senior Service cigarette tin
• Glass codd bottles
• Cotton Weaver’s knotting tool
• Cotton spools
• Cotton Shuttle
• 2 x Gloves made in Denton
• Safety goggles
• High vis jacket
• Express Dairies long service letter and badge
• Barrett’s lemonade photograph
• Farm photographs
• Lion Brand Donkey Stone
• ‘Fight Low Pay’ union badge
• Nalgo Union badge
• Safety mining torch
• ‘Clocking in Clocking Out’ book of poems and photographs
• 2 x Hat brushes
• Trilby hat
• Linney hats advery
• Wolfenden and Co ticket
• Cotton textile exhibition hankie
• Cotton Queen hankie
• Cotton Queen district finalist 1939
• 3 Sheets of photographs featuring Tameside hat and glove makers
• Blue nylon overall
• Mystery object

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Britain in the 1950's and 60's

This box contains:

• Festival of Britain stamps
• Cine camera in box with instruction, 1960’s
• Portable radio, 1960’s
• Selection of sewing patterns 1960’s-70’s
• Practical Mechanics magazine
• Pre-decimal coins
• ‘United Review’ programme for Manchester United from 1969
• Festival of Britain Teapot
• 1950’s ‘Woman’ magazine
• 1960’s sunglasses
• 1960’s bangle
• CD – hits from the 1950’s
• CD – hits from 1961
• Tala measuring jug
• Tin to commemorate the Queen’s coronation in 1953
• 1960’s flower patterned dress
• 1960’s Flower Power jacket
• Milk recipes book
• Trex cookery book
• 1960’s caps
• Mystery object

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Britain in the 1970's and 1980's

This box contains:

• Plastic tomato sauce dispenser
• Leg warmers
• Decimal coins1/2 pennies, 5p, 10p and 50p
• Selection of sewing patterns 1970’s
• Smash Hits magazine 1985
• No 1 Magazine 1984
• ‘Your Guide to Decimal Money’ booklet 1971
• School dinner tray
• Rubik’s cube
• Margaret Thatcher mask
• CD - Hits from the 70’s
• CD – Best of the 80’s
• Charles and Diana wedding commemorative metal tea tray
• Calculator watch
• Sony Walkman
• TV Times
• Torville and Dean Thimble
• CND mug
• Household candles
• Mystery object

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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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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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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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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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 Romans

Roman Loan Box Content

This box contains:

  • Pair of sandals
  • Roman lamp
  • Wax tablet
  • Coins
  • 2 bracelets
  • Mortaria mixing bowl
  • Photo pack
  • Child’s Gladiator outfit
  • Child’s Roman dress

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Faiths

Islamic objectsHindu Artefacts

Christian objectsJewish Artefacts

Chinese artefacts

This box contains:

  • ISLAMIC ARTEFACTS -including The Koran, prayer beads, compass, tape (call to prayer), Eid greetings cars, Prayer Mat
  • HINDU ARTEFACTS - including Ha Garland, Manjira Cymbals, Mehndi pattern book, Clay Diva Lamps
  • CHRISTIAN ARTEFACTS -including Bible, Cross, Advent Candle, Christmas Cards
  • JEWISH ARTEFACTS -including Prayer Shawl, Kippah -skull cap, Chanukah Lamp, Scroll and cloth case
  • CHINESE NEW YEAR ARTEFACTS - including Chinese lantern, Chinese Dragon, Chopsticks, Chinese Astrological Chart, wind-chimer

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Page last updated: 22 January 2016