Loan Boxes and Classroom Resources

Bring a JORVIK Group learning experience into the classroom.

Classroom Resources

Loan Boxes

We have an exciting range of education loan boxes for you to borrow to bring a JORVIK Group learning experience into the classroom. Whether you want to look at the daily life of the Vikings or find out how archaeologists learn about Prehistoric times, our boxes of archaeological artefacts, replicas and teachers notes give you a range of resources to bring the past to life. The boxes have been designed for Key Stage 2 learners but can be used by any age group; they can be adapted to suit the needs of SEND groups and home learners too.

Each box comes with a complete set of teachers’ notes, giving background information or lesson ideas.*


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our Loan Box Service to ensure that our boxes are Covid-secure and that we can support you to use them in as safe a way as possible.

Some objects – such as items of clothing – may have been removed, substituted or sealed to minimise risk of infection. All boxes are quarantined on their return to us, and cleaned with specialist equipment in accordance with government guidelines.


Archaeology Loan Box

This loan box allows your pupils to explore the techniques used by an archaeologist when investigating finds, helping to illustrate chronology and providing plenty of opportunities for STEM learning within the context of historical enquiry.

Time Period Loan Boxes

Our Viking, Tudor, Roman and Prehistory loan boxes contain a range of replica and original artefacts which give an insight into the daily life and vivid cultures of the time period. From food production to clothing, personal possessions to pastimes, the loan box contents can be used to highlight the similarities and differences between the past and today.

Star Carr Loan Box

Designed with archaeologists from the Star Carr Archaeology Project, this box contains a variety of replica artefacts, including an example of the famous antler headdresses, to bring this exciting period to life!

The boxes cost £24 each for the first week, followed by £6 for each additional week up to a maximum of four weeks. Loan boxes have to be collected from and returned to our DIG attraction on St. Saviourgate, York. Unfortunately, we cannot send the boxes via post or courier.

Please see our Booking Notes for more information. If you would like to book or view a loan box please phone our Reservations Team on 01904 615505.

*All pictures shown are for illustrative purposes only. Actual loan box contents may vary.

Souvenir Gift Packs

We offer a selection of souvenir gift bags for pupils to take home as a memento of their day. Click here for more information. 

Shaking Hands with the Past

As part of ‘Finding the Future‘, York Archaeological Trust’s Resilience Project, we have produced a series of vodcasts entitled ‘Shaking Hands with the Past’ specifically for our school’s audience. Each of these presentations features one of our unique artefacts and explains their use, construction and history in easily understood terms and with the help of some friendly faces from the past! These vodcasts can be used by teachers, parents and pupils to help bring alive the topic of living in Viking or medieval times. We intend to create further series of similar presentations and include objects from different historical periods in the York collection.