Our loans service is available to book for dates from September 2021.
Our loans are an excellent way to bring your lessons to life. We have a range of themed boxes to use within a variety of curriculum areas including Science, Art, Language, Geography and History.
Each set is a box of six or more specimens, a fact file about the specimens and instructions on how to handle them. A box can be used for multiple classes and may be loaned for one half-term (up to six weeks) at a time. It can be collected at and returned to the Museum at a mutually agreed date and time.
The Museum is a charity and its role is now more important than ever, to help support the Museum there is a recommended donation of £30 charge for a loan box.
Occasionally some of the specimens are damaged or are needed elsewhere. The Museum reserves the right to replace the specimens when necessary.
We have amended our procedures to ensure that the loans are COVID-19 safe. Specimens will be stored for a minimum of 72 hours between loans and terms and conditions will be agreed to electronically. We also advise that specimens be used for observation rather than handling.
How to book a box
For more information about our loans or to book a loan, please contact our Learning and Events team at 020 7942 6053 or by email.
Before requesting a loan please read our terms and conditions and handling instructions (PDF 123kB).
To book a loan we will need to know the:
- school name and teacher responsible
- contact details, including email, telephone number and address where the specimens are to be stored
- dates the loan is required
- number of students using the loan
- age of the students
- subject area
Choose from 16 different boxes
The pictures and list are an example of what specimens you will receive.