Loan Boxes

Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre will soon be offering a selection of loan boxes. 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.

Our Childhood Box is complete and ready for hire. Soon to join the list of boxes are:

  • The World of Work
  • Home and Garden
  • Wartime
  • Uckfield History (maps and photos)
  • Games and Pastimes
  • Holidays

If you are interesting in hiring any of the above boxes please get in touch. The Childhood Box is ready for hire immediately and the others will start becoming available over the coming weeks.

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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