LEARNING

Loans Box Service

Our Loans Box Service has changed. Please fill in the enquiry form below to start the booking process.  

Hall Place & Gardens holds a range of fascinating loans boxes and discovery packs and is able to organise loans of these resources for schools and other groups and clubs. these boxes include Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Anglo-Saxons, Aztecs, Roman, Transatlantic Slave Trade, Tudor, Victorian Homes of the Past, Victorian Schools, Toys and Games, Vikings and WWII (Home Front)

The Loans Boxes contain a teachers resource folder, printed, audio and visual resources. They also contain a mixture of original artefacts, archives and accurate reproductions. All resources and artefacts require a high level of care and consideration. They should only be taken out whilst in use, never be left without adult supervision, be handled with the upmost care and locked away when not in use. Please read the Loans Box Terms and Conditions before booking.

Loans Boxes need to be booked at least 2 weeks in advance. There is a charge of £11.20 per week, per box for the loans service (£12 per week from Sept 2024). You will need to book a collection & return slot usually on Saturdays.  

Due to the popularity of the service, it’s suggested that participant schools and groups book their boxes well in advance. Boxes should be collected from and returned to the Visitor Centre. Please fill in the Loans Box Enquiry Form below and return it to the Education email

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Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt

This box includes the following resources:

  • Facts, Stories, Activities educational book
  • Pharaohs educational book
  • Facts, things to make & activities educational book
  • Poster pack
  • DVD teaching resource pack by the BBC
  • Postcard pack
  • Papyrus
  • Teachers Resource Pack by Ginn History

This box includes the following real and replica objects:

  • Hieroglyphic Tablet
  • Papyrus
  • Scribes writing set
  • Statue of the Egyptian Goddess Bast (Bastet)
  • Fabric Egyptian Prince & Princess dolls
  • Amulets
  • Egyptian Sphinx
  • Canopic Jars
  • Ushabti
  • Embalming model set
  • Palm Leaf Basket
  • Pottery Bowl, Doum Palm Tree Nut, beans & Hibiscus Tea
  • Egyptian necklace
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Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece

This box includes the following resources:

  • Ancient Greece educational book
  • Resource books by Cambridge Primary History
  • Creative Fun Greek Activity Book 
  • What do we know about the Greeks? educational book
  • Greeks, Facts, Stories & Activities educational book
  • Ancient Greeks Activity Book by British Museum Press
  • Postcard pack
  • Poster pack
  • DVD teaching resource pack by Eureka
  • Greek Gods Wall Chart 
  • Greek Myths & Legends educational book
  • Teachers Resource Pack by Sound Learning with CD
  • The Labourers of Hercules Resource

This box includes the following replica objects:

  • Achilles wall plaque
  • Theatre Masks – Comedy & Tragedy
  • Coin set
  • Athena statue
  • Mask of Hercules model
  • Athenian Helmet model
  • Wax tablet
  • Clay spinning top
  • Wooden whip & top
  • Replica small amphora jar
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Anglo-Saxons

Anglo-Saxons

This box includes the following resources:

  • CD of old English verse & prose
  • Anglo-Saxon England map
  • Poster Pack 
  • Anglo-Saxon Village educational book 
  • Anglo-Saxon resource pack by BBC
  • BBC Fact Finders book
  • Beowulf text & translation book
  • DVD of the Anglo-Saxon Village recreated at West Stow
  • Hereward The Wake teachers pack
  • Anglo-Saxons educational book by Heritage Collection
  • Invaders & Settlers teachers resource book by Ginn History
  • Activity book by British Museum Press
  • Postcard pack

This box includes the following replica objects:

  • Coins
  • 6 x different brooches/clasps
  • King Athelwulf’s ring
  • Bead necklace
  • Spear head
  • Drop spindle
  • Bone needles
  • Small cooking pot
  • Burial urn
  • Weaving frame
  • Firesteel
  • Clay pot markers
  • 2 x rune sets
  • Stylus
  • Weaving tablet
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Aztecs & Mayans

Aztecs & Mayans

This box includes the following resources:

  • Aztecs, Facts, Things to Make , Activities educational book
  • Junior Focus on the Mayans educational book
  • The Aztecs educational book
  • What Do We Know About the Aztecs educational book
  • Aztecs Poster pack

This box includes the following replica objects:

  • Aztec Calendar Stone
  • Aztec God of Fire statue
  • Aztec God of Maize sculpture
  • Aztec life/death mask sculpture
  • Ocarina musical instrument
  • 2 x Mayan ritual masks
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Roman

Roman

This box includes the following resources:

  • Ancient Rome an Eyewitness Guide educational book
  • Roman things to make educational book
  • Life in Roman Britain Teachers Resource Pack
  • Pompeii reconstructed, book
  • Roman Britain map
  • Roman Britain Home & Life wall chart
  • Roman Britain Invasion & Conquest wall chart
  • Talking Roman video & DVD
  • Time Travellers Book of Rome & Romans educational book
  • Activity Book
  • Techers resource books by National Curriculum History
  • CD The Sounds of the Roman World  
  • Poster pack

This box includes the following replica objects and original artefacts:

  • Pottery oil lamp
  • Thimble
  • Coin sets
  • Wax tablet & scribe
  • Roman torc
  • Jactvs Roman dice game
  • Strigil
  • Chatelaine set
  • Mortarium

Archaeology – original artefacts

  • Piece of amphora
  • 2 x pieces of Samian Ware
  • Piece of Mortarium
  • Piece of a beaker
  • 8 x pieces of local pottery
  • Quern Stone
  • Imbrex roof tile
  • Tegula ridge roof tile
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Transatlantic Slave Trade 

This resource was developed in collaboration with local historian Cliff Pereira internationally renowned for his work on Black and Asian history and the Bexley African Caribbean Community Association (BACCA) in 2007.  It culminated in a travelling exhibition that is still available to hire for free. Please contact us for further information.  

Transatlantic Slave Trade

This box includes the following resources:

  • Bexley: The Slavery Connection Teachers Resource Notes
  • Bexley: The Slavery Connection Exhibition Notes
  • Freedom: National Maritime Museum Resources
  • The Story of Slavery by Sarah Courtauld
  • Slavery: Real People & Their Stories of Enslavement book

This box includes the following replica objects:

None of these handling objects are original artefacts.

  • 2 x necklaces made from trading beads
  • One small Manilla
  • Necklace made from cowrie shells
  • Pair of shackles
  • Pair of manacles or leg irons
  • Pair of sugar nippers
  • Sugar cone
  • Pieces of dried sugar cane
  • Tobacco twist
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Tudor

Tudor

This box includes the following resources:

  • Daily Life in a Tudor House educational book
  • Food & Feasts in Tudor Times educational book
  • Life in Tudor England educational book
  • What Do We Know About the Tudors educational book
  • Poster pack 
  • Royal Court portrait postcard pack
  • Tudor food book
  • Life in Tudor Times Resource Pack
  • Tudor Postcard pack
  • Tudor Times DVD
  • What Did Tudors Wear picture pack

This box includes the following real and replica objects:

  • Elizabethan coin set
  • An Angel coin
  • Reed pipe
  • Ruff
  • Drop spindle
  • Tudor Oil Lamp
  • Wattle & Daub
  • Potpourri
  • Thimble
  • Pipkin cooking pot
  • Candle and holder
  • Ceramic bowl
  • Leather goblet
  • Wooden bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Pewter plate
  • Wooden trencher
  • Dried broad beans, peas, oats, wheat grain & cinnamon sticks
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Victorian Homes

Victorian Home

This box includes the following resources:

  • Food & Cooking 19th Century Britain book
  • Housework educational book
  • In the Home educational book
  • Victorian Life educational book
  • Victorian History teachers resource books
  • Victorian Britain teachers photocopiable resource book
  • Rachel’s Washday storybook
  • Replica Victorian Advertising postcards
  • Eminent Victorians postcard pack
  • Object Poster pack
  • Victorian Life poster pack
  •  The 1900 House DVD
  • Victorian Music CD

This box includes the following replica objects and original artefacts:

  • Victorian glass bottles
  • Stoneware ceramic bottles
  • Sieve press
  • Butter pats
  • Rolling pin
  • Replica ceramic mixing bowl
  • Stoneware ceramic bowls
  • Tin jelly moulds
  • Replica Victorian shop tins
  • Kitchen mincer
  • Cast iron kettle
  • Irons
  • Iron stand (trivet)
  • Dolly pegs
  • Washing tongs
  • Washing stick
  • Sewing threads & thimble
  • Replica Victorian Christmas card
  • Dip pen
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Victorian School

Victorian School

This box includes the following resources:

  • History From Photographs educational book
  • A Victorian Schoolroom educational book
  • Teachers resource book
  • Our Native England book

This box includes the following replica objects and original artefacts:

  • School slates
  • Vere Fosters Copy Books
  • Wooden ink pens 
  • Steel ink pen – original artefact
  • Spare ink nib – original artefact
  • Ink well – original artefact
  • Abacus – original artefact
  • Finger stocks
  • School bell
  • Queen Victorians Diamond Jubilee medal
  • Satchel – original artefact
  • Reading Without Tears classroom books – original artefact
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Toys & Games

Toys & Games

This box includes the following resources:

Please note there are 2 boxes that differ slightly in their contents.

  • Toys and Games educational book 

This box includes the following replica objects and original artefacts:

Please note that there is a slight variation in the contents between boxes

  • Wooden pop gun
  • Wooden spinning top
  • Wooden yo-yo
  • Wooden whip & top (made from old industrial cotton mill reel)
  • Wooden skipping rope (made from old industrial cotton mill reels)
  • Wooden Pecking Chickens toy
  • Wooden swinging man
  • Children’s singing games
  • Wooden Jacob’s ladder
  • Wooden cup & ball
  • Wooden tumbling man
  • Flick books
  • Happy Families card game
  • Wooden Diablo (Box I)
  • Tiddly Winks game (Box II) – original artefact
  • Wooden pick up sticks (Box II)
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Vikings

Vikings

This box includes the following resources:

  • Viking Settler Resource Pack by Sound Learning
  • The Vikings educational book by the BBC
  • Viking DVD resource pack by the BBC
  • The Vikings educational book by Exploring History
  • Scenes from Viking Britain colouring book
  • Sounds of the Viking Age CD
  • The Vikings educational; book by Jump History Books
  • The Vikings Activity Book by the British Museum Press
  • Vikings – Fact, Things to make, Activities educational book 
  • Viking Street by the What Happened Here book series
  • What Do We Know About The Vikings? educational book

This box includes the following replica objects:

  • 2 sets of coins
  • Pedestal oil lamp
  • Sprouted pitcher
  • Bone needles
  • Horn cup
  • Wooden bowl
  • Thor’s hammer necklace
  • Pendent disk necklace 
  • Horse brooch
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WWII

WWII

This box includes the following resources:

  • Blitz resources including DVDs
  • Childhood & Evacuation resources including educational books, teachers resources and CD
  • Hall Place &  Local history resources including pictorial books about Bexley during WWII and the American soldiers stationed at Hall Place
  • Home Front resources 
  • Food and rationing resources 

This box includes the following replica objects and original artefacts:

  • Fire  Attendant tin hat – original artefact
  • Replica incendiary bomb
  • Gas Rattle
  • Replica Civilian Gas Mask in a bag
  • WWII post card pack
  • Darning thread – original artefact
  • WWII replica small document pack
  • Anti-gas ointment tin – original artefact
  • Darning wools – original artefacts
  • 2 tin plates
  • WWII pictures of Hall Place
  • Hooded Torch
  • Local area WWII photo collection
  • Bexley bomb map
  • Enamel chamber pot
  • Air Raid knitted children’s clothes
  • Evacuee’s suitcase 
  • Poster pack
  • Original documents like Government leaflets etc 

GALLERY

SENs Out and About Discovery Packs

Currently being updated.

‘Out and About’ Discovery Packs are specially designed to support self-led visits to Hall Place for SENs groups. The Discovery Back Packs are hands-on and full of activities. These packs offer new and exciting ways to explore the house and gardens with your group at your own pace.