Loan Boxes

Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre offer a loan box service. These are made up of items from our handling collections including some original and some replica items. The period covered is broadly the first half of the 20th century.

The boxes are available to schools as “history boxes” and also to care homes and dementia support organisations as “memory boxes” for reminiscence therapy.

Boxes can be hired for £10 per week. An outreach session with one of our education officers costs an additional £25.

We have six boxes currently available for hire. The themes of each box are:

  • Childhood
  • In the Kitchen
  • Around the Home
  • Games and Hobbies
  • Winter Time
  • Just for Ladies

We are also developing several other new boxes which will become available later in the year.

If you are interesting in hiring any of the above boxes please get in touch.

We are very keen to work collaboratively with schools and community organisations, so if you have any suggestions for boxes that you would find particularly useful please get in touch with us at

If you have any items that you would like to donate to the handling collection then contact Maria on 


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