Loan Boxes

Bring earth science teaching to life with one of our free COVID Secure loan boxes.

Please check availability below.

loan box with two girls holding a fossil All boxes are free of charge and available for up to three weeks at a time. Collection and return of boxes is to the Museum.

Book a loans box- please check below for availability

Terms and Conditions for loans
group of five fossils resting on canvas bags Mary Anning box
Our new Mary Anning loans box is packed with real fossils, activities and facts to support classroom teaching. It is beta testing now and we want teacher feedback to help us hone the content. Get in touch with the Education Team for more Mary Anning activities.

Fully booked in March 2023
open wooden box of rocks Big box of Rocks
Twenty five rock specimens representing a wide range of ages, rock types and textures. Fantastic for supporting teaching of the Rock Cycle as well as all sorts of activities including sorting, classification, observational drawing and creative writing.

open wooden box of fossil Fabulous fossils
Twenty five fossils specimens representing a wide range of species and ages. Fantastic for all sorts of activities including collection analysis, sorting, classification, observation and creative writing.

Fully booked until 21st November
plastic box of dinosaur fossil replicas Dinosaur Loan Box
A set of 8 casts fossils replicas of teeth, claws and an egg from some of the most well-known dinosaurs. The box includes some basic fact sheets and is perfect for a hands-on session before a trip to the museum.

Fully booked until 29th November
fossi replicas Fossil Rubbings Box
This set of fossil replicas is for making rubbings using wax crayons. This is an excellent activity for early years. Use them for practicing fine motor skills and exploring textures in the natural and made environment.

Fully booked until 9th November
Story boxes
Two loan boxes for Early Years developed in partnership with Brunswick Nursery School and Homerton Early Years Centre in Cambridge. Based around books they contain creative activities and objects for handling, including mineral specimens and fossil casts. The boxes include notes for teachers on EYC links and ideas for creative play and storytelling.
rag doll, canvas bag, plastic box of smaller bags

Based on the book “Boy” by James Mayhew. Boy's cave is cold. Can he find somewhere warm to sleep? Join him on his prehistoric adventure to find out!


Hot, hot, hot
Based on the book “Oscar and Arabella: Hot, Hot, Hot” by Neal Layton. Meet two woolly mammoths who don't like hot weather: and find out what they do about it!