Our Discovery Boxes are packed full of handling objects and local case studies for you to use in the classroom. Containing original and replica artefacts and teachers notes, they offer effective teaching resources on a number of curriculum subjects.
Teachers collect and return the Discovery Boxes to the Museum usually on Saturdays, but other arrangements can be made with our Learning Officer.
Hire charges are: £15 a week, £60 for a half term, or £120 for a term. (Please note, there are extra charges if objects are returned damaged or lost.)
Explore below to see what topics we currently cover, what objects the boxes contain, and download the teacher’s notes that are included.
The Stone Age
Objects include: Stone Age Pot, Neolithic Chalk Lamp, Neolithic Hand Axe, Neolithic Discoidal Knife, Neolithic Leaf Arrow, Neolithic Sickle, Flint scrapper, Barbed and Tanged Arrowhead, Neolithic Awl, Neolithic Burin, Neolithic Spearpoint, Palaeolithic Bone Needle, Flint Scrapper, Palaeolithic Shell Necklace, 4 Palaeolithic Flint Blades, Palaeolithic Hand Axe, Palaeolithic/Mesolithic Antler Harpoon, Stone Age Bone Necklace and a Knapping Stone
Click here to download The Stone Age Discovery Box notes
The Bronze Age
Objects include: Bronze Age Beaker, Neolithic Awl, Neolithic Sickle, Bivalve Shell, Bone Tool, Small Bone Tool, small white shell, Flint Arrowhead, Round Pebble, Mesolithic Blades, Bronze Age Socketed Axe, Palstave Axe Head, Flanged Axe, Copper Flat Axe, Bronze Buttons and a Bronze Bangle
Click here to download The Bronze Age Discovery Box Notes
Archaeology: Richmond’s Prehistory
Objects include: excavation tools and foreshore finds
Click here to download the Archaeology Discovery Box Notes
Objects include: Square Glass Bottle, Chatelaine/ Health and Beauty Set, Strigil, Wax Writing Tablet and Stylus, Oil Lamp, Mortarium and Grinding Stone, Roman Spoon, 5 Knucklebones, Roof Tile, 3 Samian Ware Pot Sherds, and Replica Roman Terracotta vase.
Click here to download the Roman Discovery Box Notes
Objects include: Brick from Richmond Palace, Horn comb, Bellarmine jug, Stump baby, Earthenware beaker, Hours candle, Tudor Oil Lamp, Metal and wood fork and spoon, Pomander, 5 brown feather quills, 4 white feather quills, Horn book, Thimble, Cap (coif), neckerchief (partlet) and apron, Horn Mug, Wooden Plate (Trencher), Pewter Wine Goblet and 8 Tudor Coins.
Click here to download the Tudors Discovery Box Notes
Objects include: 2 Button Hooks, Tea Strainer, copy of Mrs Beeton’s All About Cookery, Mincer, Jelly Mould, Candle Holder, Curling Iron, Hot Water Bottles, Darning Mushroom, Weighing Scales, Fruit Press, Chamber Pot, Nutcrackers and a Flat Iron.
Click here to download the Victorian and Edwardian Homes Discovery Box Notes
Objects include: Attendance Medal, 3 Sailor Collars , 3 Pinafores, Slate Pencils and Chalks, 5 Slates, 5 Ink Pens, 10 Copybooks, Book: Children’s Singing Games, 1894, Diablo, Laminated Scrap Book, 2 wooden spinning tops, Kaleidoscope, Skipping Rope, China Tea Set, Replica Porcelain Doll, Cup and Ball, Wooden Acrobat Toy, Glass Marbles, 2 Victorian Pennies and Victorian Gold Sovereign (replica).
Click here to download the Victorian Children Discovery Box Notes
Objects include: 10 Herbal Remedy Jars, Pestle and Mortar, Gauze Bandages, Carbolic Soap, Nursing Teapot, Invalid Food: Beef Extract and Oxo, Small Smelling Salts Phial, Medicine Phial, 4 Basins, 1 Spoon, Victorian Hot Water Bottle, Replica Candle Lantern, Nurse’s Bonnet, and 2 Nurse’s Aprons, Pin Bib, Tie Waist.
Teachers notes include case studies on Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and background information on Victorian medicine, illnesses and the Crimean War.
Click here to download the Victorian Medicine Discovery Box Notes
Objects include: Workhouse Mug, Carding Paddles, Drop Spindle, Selection of wooden pegs, 15 wooden rag rug prodders/proggers, 9 Dolly Pegs, Single shoe last, Triple shoe last, Darning Mushroom, Flat Iron, Carbolic Soap, Hemp Rope, Laminated photos of the slums of Victorian Richmond
Click here to download The Workhouse Discovery Box Notes
World War One
Objects include: Newspaper of the day War declared, Silk Postcard (original), Wash Bag, Hypno Helmet, Trench Cap, East Surrey Regiment Cap Badge (original), On War Service Badge (original), Volunteer War Worker Badge, 303 Cartridge (original) , Dog Tags, Shrapnel – 3 lead balls (original), Foot Salve, Princess Mary Christmas Tin, Infantry Scout Badge, Gas Goggles, Victoria Cross, Teachers Notes and Exhibition Resource Booklet.
Click here to download the World War One Discovery Box Notes
World War One: 1916 Case Studies
Contains profiles of six Richmond residents, with a mix of original and replica objects and documents to further support hand on learning and to help pupils engage with the real people behind the stories.
Click here to download the World War One – 1916 Case Studies Discovery Box Notes
World War Two: The Home Front, 1939 – 1945
Objects include: Utility Stockings, Jumblex War Time Game, Gas Rattle, WVS Badge, Warden’s Whistle, 4 Pieces of Shrapnel, Tin of Dried Egg, 2 Air Raid Patrol Volunteer Arm Bands, Air Raid Patrol Black Out Lamp, Incendiary Bomb and Fin, Farthing, Half Penny, Penny, Weekly Rations Replicas, Evacuation Card Game, Identity Card, Ration Book, Clothes Ration Book, Knitted Child’s Vest, Was Your House Hit? Booklet and Roll of Honour Booklet.
Click here to download the World War Two Home Front Discovery Box Notes
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Usual opening hours: Tuesday to Fridays, 11am to 5pm and Saturdays, 10am to 4pm.
The Museum will be closed on Saturday 24th June whilst we host our annual Garden Party at Trumpeters’ House.
Regular workshops for schools, families and adults are held in our temporary exhibition area, during which times it may be too busy to view the current exhibition. Please contact us in advance if you would like to know what activities are planned at the Museum for the day of your visit.