Loans Box Service

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
  • WWII (Home Front)

Loans Boxes need to be booked at least 1-2 weeks in advance. There is a charge of £11 per week, per box for the loans service. Collection & Returns are on Saturdays. Payment is via cash or card on collection.

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

For further information about the loan scheme or the Discovery Packs please contact us using the Education email

Terms & Conditions

By booking a Loans Box you and your organisation are agreeing to abide by the terms and conditions below. 

A confirmation of your booking will be sent to you. The loans boxes are popular so please book as far in advance as possible. Sometimes boxes or objects may be removed for repair/replacement.


Cost and Payment

Loans boxes are £11 per box, per week. Payment is due when the box is collected via cash or card, a receipt will be given. A loans box cannot be released without payment. Collections & Returns take place on Saturdays unless otherwise stated.

Collecting/Returning a box

  • Loan boxes need to be collected from and returned to the Visitor Centre at Hall Place on the dates and times agreed usually Saturdays. Please follow all onsite signage and Covid protocols – face coverings, hand sanitising, social distancing and Track & trace are in operation
  • Any trolley given with a Loans Box must remain with the loans box at all times
  • You will be asked to sign a copy of the loan agreement on collection and return
  • If you do not collect your loan items, you will still be charged for your booking
  • Late returns will be charged at £5 per day. If you have any unexpected issues with the return of your loans box please get in touch with us as soon as possible – details below
  • It is vital that you check the box contents and report any problems immediately. Any loss or damage to loan objects will be charged to the school concerned at £25 per object, plus the cost of replacement. Damage should be reported immediately and not left to the return of the box. Contact hallplaceeducation@bexley.gov.uk or call 01322 526574
  • Please pack the objects into the boxes as you found them to prevent damage

When using the Loans Boxes


  • Ensure all objects are handled under close adult supervision with due care and consideration to safeguard each object at all times
  • Users wash and dry hands thoroughly before touching the objects and after
  • Handle objects over a table, one object at a time using both hands away from any water, dirt, pencils and colouring pens. Ensure that hands are dry before touching
  • Keep loans objects together locked away in a secure place when not in use
  • To avoid loss, always check loans items in and out of the box on every use
  • If sharing the box between classes/groups make sure all staff concerned are following the terms and conditions of use
  • Contact hallplaceeducation@bexley.gov.uk if you have any queries


  • Display loan objects in direct sunlight or in an unsecure setting
  • Attempt to clean the objects or disinfect them
  • Affix anything to the objects, or allow any marking on the object itself
  • Attempt to repair any damage to the objects
  • Wear items unless stated for that use

How to use boxes safely during Covid-19

  • Only use one box for one group at a time – do not share the boxes with other groups
  • Leader to tick items in and out of the box and report any missing/damaged items immediately
  • Paper resources to be used only by lead teacher to prevent contamination
  • No objects in the box can be cleaned with any cleaning products due to the nature and age of the objects and can only be made covid-safe by quarantining them for 72 hours between uses/bubble groups
  • Just because we offer this service, we cannot assume appropriateness for use in a specific school environment. Teachers must do their own risk assessment


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.