Thanks to the Association of Independent Museums ‘Tackling Inequalities Hallmarks Grant Award’ supported by Arts Council England, we’re launching ‘What’s in the Box?’, part of a new outreach programme that allows us to offer KS1-2 pupils in Thanet free access to the use of a museum loans box, including objects, activities, and curriculum links, as well as a virtual session with one of our Learning and Engagement Officers.

As part of this programme we’re offering two loans boxes, ‘Trading Textiles’ and ‘Natural History’. They are available to book now. If you are interested in booking one of these loans boxes and a virtual classroom session, please contact us at learning@powell-cottonmuseum.org.

Natural History

If your class is learning about Animals and their Habitats, Adaptation or Teeth, this loans box is a fantastic learning resource. The loans box contains seven natural history specimens: rhinoceros’ molar tooth, a collection of mounted butterflies, sheep horn, caiman skin, crocodile skin, rabbit skin and a replica chimpanzee skull and a set of picture cards. Object notes, a guide to handling objects safely and a Teacher’s Pack with suggested learning activities and resources are also included.

Science Curriculum Links: Living things and their Habitats; Animals and Humans; Evolution and Inheritance.

Trading Textiles

Investigate textiles and how they inspired world trade. Look closer at objects related to printing and discover how and why they were made along the significance of different colours, patterns and symbols. This loans box contains Kente textiles, Adinkra textiles, Kanga textiles and traditional adinkra stamps. Object notes, a guide to handling objects safely and a Teacher’s Pack with suggested learning activities and some resources are also included.

This box includes lots of hands-on craft activities. Schools will need to provide some basic resources, such as paints. A resource list will be sent to you in advance of the box so that you have time to acquire your resources. Please note that anything we think you’ll need will be something you already have in school, or something low-cost and easy to source.

Curriculum Links: Art and Design; Design and Technology; PSHE and Citizenship; Global Education.

Who is eligible to hire a loans box?

This is a new offer and at the moment we are only able to lend boxes to primary school settings. We are working on alternative activities for home-school and other settings.

The scheme is available to any primary school in Thanet and all loans are free of charge.

Is the loans box COVID-safe?

The loans box scheme has been developed in a COVID-19 safe manner. All boxes are quarantined for 72 hours between schools and will be delivered and collected by a member of Museum staff with appropriate PPE precautions. A risk assessment will be provided to you prior to receiving the loans box to help you with your planning.

How long will we have the box for?

All boxes are loaned to the school for a two-week period (term time only) to allow the maximum benefit of all the activities included. Drop-off and pick-up of boxes will be on a Friday.

With thanks to the Association of Independent Museums ‘Tackling Inequalities Hallmarks Grant Award’ supported by Arts Council England for funding this outreach element of ‘Breaking out of the Museum’.

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