Loan Boxes


Loan boxes cost £8 for a two week loan and need to be collected from, and returned to, the museum.

Wherever possible Godalming Museum Loan Boxes contain:-

- Original artefacts

- Activities

- Books - a mix of fiction and non fiction and including books the children can read themselves

- Teacher's notes - with information about the artefacts and the topic and suggestions for using items in the box

The balance between these elements varies in different boxes. Click/tap on the images below to see a contents list for each box and to access a PDF of the teacher's notes



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Jack Phillips and the Titanic (KS 1&2)

The Chief Wireless Operator on the Titanic, Jack Phillips, came from Farncombe. A significant local person and a key figure in an historical event of international significance, he is remembered in the beautiful Arts and Crafts Phillips Memorial in Godalming, on a plaque in Farncombe Church and in a specially commissioned portrait and framed photograph on display in the Museum.

This box uses artefacts, memories, stories, reference books, drama and costume to explore the true stories of 4 people who travelled on the Titanic: Chief Wireless Operator Jack Phillips, from Farncombe; Stewardess Lucy Snape, from Witley; 6-year old First Class passenger Douglas Spedden; First Class passenger Edith Rosenbaum


Jack Phillips and the Titanic (KS 2+)

This box will help students explore Jack Phillips' story and discover the local sites associated with him. It brings in other local people connected with the Titanic, including Lord Pirrie of Witley Park. The box introduces a range of primary and secondary sources of information about the disaster, as well as the debate over its cause.



Gertrude Jekyll, Old West Surrey (KS 1&2)

Talented artist, designer, writer, horticulturalist and businesswoman, Gertrude Jekyll, was a significant local person of national standing and ahead of her time. At the museum you can see original resources including her paintings, planting notebooks and the Women's Suffrage banner she designed for Godalming.

Gertrude Jekyll was also a collector of 'rural bygones'. In 1904 she published "Old West Surrey", a lively account of Godalming and the surrounding area in Victorian and earlier times, well illustrated by her own photographs of her collection. This box includes original artefacts, teaching notes and a copy of "Old West Surrey" to enable students to explore everday life before modern did you light your home, cook or travel? Gertrude Jekyll has the answers.


Prehistory (KS 2)

For over 90% of the human past we were Stone Age hunter-gatherers. It was a successful and sustainable way of life and Godalming Museum's Prehistory loan box aims to give students an appreciation of their distant ancestors' skills and knowledge, as well as a rare opportunity to handle objects which are many thousands of years old.

This loan box includes orignal and reproduction Stone Age tools, a selection of children's reference books and activities based on the extraordinary discovery of Utzi the Iceman. Detailed teaching notes tell the story of the local area from the Palaeolithic to the Iron Age.


Life in Roman Times (KS 2)

The Romans arrived in the local area in the 1st century AD to find a quiet country district. Between the 1st and 4th centuries a scattering of farms and some larger villas, like those at Compton and Chiddingforld, shared the landscape with significant religious sites at Farley Heath and Wanborough and industrial sties, such as the potteries at Alice Holt.

This loan box gives students an opportunity to examine first hand evidence for how the Romano-British inhabitants of the local area lived. It contains a fascinating collection of original Roman artefacts, from pottery and jewellery, to bones and oyster shells from a Roman kitchen. Supporting books and detailed teaching notes.


Roman Buildings (KS 2)

Build your own Roman roof and heating system - model tiles can be used to construct a typical Roman tiled roof and a hypocaust and are supported by original examples of Roman building materials and detailed teaching notes.


Roman Mosaics (KS 2)

Use the illustrations, notes and examples of original mosaic pieces to find out about Roman mosaics and then use the trays and modern mosaic pieces to create your own designs.


Saxons (KS 2)

The Saxon settlement of Godalming is a fascinating focus for your study of this period. Students can explore documentary, place name and archaeological evidence, study maps and consider the landscape and its resources to find out why and how the Saxons settled here and what life was like in Godhelm's Ing.

This box includes: original Saxon pottery found in Godalming; information about key local Saxon objects; reproduction pottery, loom weights, and spindles; Saxon board games to play; activities based on place names and on the 9th century font in Godalming church; books on riddles, runes, language and storytelling as well as everyday life in Saxon times.


The Ancient Egyptians (KS 2)

This loan box gives students a rare opportunity to see original Ancient Egyptian artefacts close up. Original pottery, jewellery, a coin and an ancient hand axe illustrate the early settlement of the Nile valley, Egypt's often violent relationship with neighbouring Kush and everyday life and ritual in Ptolomaic Egypt. Detailed teaching notes are provided, along with a selection of children's books, fact and fiction.


The Toy Box (KS 1)

Toys are an easily accessible topic for young children, encouraging them to think about what life was like in the past and about similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. Cross-curriular opportunities include Art and Design, Design and Technology and the properties and uses of different materials in Science.

This box contains a collection of original and replica toys including a wooden bilbo catcher, bagatelle, counting frame, quoits board, metal vehicles, jigsaws, replica Roman knucklebones and a replica Tudor stump doll. Many of the toys can be played with and detailed teaching notes are provided.


The Tudors (KS 3+)

This fascinating collection of original artefacts is well suited to older students studying the Tudor period. It includes a Tudor schoolchild’s exercise book, and many other sources from which deductions can be drawn about Tudor life. A sequence of original and reproduction documents charts the development of printing – the information revolution of Tudor times.




World War II (KS 2+)

Original artefacts and a recorded CD of personal memories vividly recall what it was like to grow up during a bleak but compelling six years. Items include an original ARP helmet, a civil defence arm band and medals, as well as illustrations of local experiences.

This box is regularly borrowed for reminiscence work as well as by schools



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