Illuminating the past – Enhancing the present – Inspiring the future


The entire loans service was suspended in May 2018 due to burglaries

We are aiming to reinstate the service in the Spring of 2019

CAT BOX Loans Collection

The CAT BOX catalogue [PDF]

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About the CAT BOX loans collection

Canterbury Archaeological Trust has a collection of original archaeological and historical objects, high quality replicas and models for loan to Kent schools, colleges and universities. The entire collection ranges in date from prehistory to the 20th century and illustrates many diverse themes from local and world culture. The Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust supported this project by giving funds for materials to set up the system.

CAT BOX Loans Collection

Using the CAT BOX loans 

You may want period specific material, eg. Roman, to support a KS 2 History project or you may want to look at how certain things have changed/developed over time eg. Toys or buildings, in which case you could browse across the period groups to find different examples. Think about how the loans could also enhance teaching across the curriculum, in Art projects for example, or as inspiration for discussion and creative writing. It is well established that handling sessions can be beneficial to the learning of less able children.

Taking care of the loans items

The CAT BOXes are a unique collection of material and some of it is fragile. Please treat the items with care.

If any loss or damage to an item should occur, let us know immediately and do not attempt a repair. You may be asked to pay for any repairs or replacements due to loss or damage while items are in your care.

How to borrow a CAT BOX 

Select box(es) from the on-line catalogue.
Please email the Community Archaeologist, with your request, quoting the ‘CAT BOX number and contents description’ from the second column in the catalogue, for each loan you are interested in. Please tell us what you want the loan for (year group and topic) as it is useful and interesting to know how they are being used. Alternatively you can ring (01227 825251) but email is best.
You will then be told whether your choice is available, offered an alternative if appropriate and a date/time for collection from Canterbury is arranged.
You can reserve loans up to 1 year in advance.
You will need to collect loans from our Kingsmead Store off Kingsmead Road, Canterbury, where a member of CAT will meet you at a date/time agreed in advance. Directions to CAT Kingsmead Store.
We normally do loans business Monday to Thursday (earliest 9.00am, latest 5.30pm).
Note that the CAT BOXes are sturdy to protect the loans and some are heavy. Also note box size to make sure your vehicle is big enough – as some boxes are quite big! Dimensions of each box are entered in the catalogue.
Loans should be returned to the Kingsmead Store, again at a date/time agreed in advance.  The normal loan period is one term ie. Term 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, but you may be able to extend the period.
The Kingsmead store is not routinely manned so please do not arrive on spec. If you do, you will almost certainly find there is no one there who can deal with you.
Canterbury Archaeological Trust is a charity and there is an administration charge to this service. At Term 6, 2017 the charge is £15 per loan box, for one term or part of a term. If you have as many as three boxes at one time, you get the ‘3 for 2’ deal and pay total £30. The same applies to multiples of three eg. six boxes would be total £60. You may like to discuss resource needs with colleagues and take advantage of this offer :).Cash or cheque payable to ‘Canterbury Archaeological Trust’ when you collect your loans please and you will be given a receipt; or we can invoice your school.
From September 2017, Term 1, the charge will increase to £20 per loan, still with the 3 for 2 deal.
We occasionally have  requests for a week-end loan, for which the charge will be £20 per loan and £40 for more than one (no limit to how many).
“We were studying the Vikings and I needed some artefacts that would bring the topic to life. The Trust loaned us ‘Cat Boxes’ that contained amazing replicas including Viking and Anglo-Saxon helmets as well as a model Viking long boat and Viking shoes and glasses. The class was enthralled and we used the Cat Boxes to inspire our archaeological investigations as well as other cross-curricular writing and art. The artefacts were on display during our recent successful Ofsted inspection and the children were able to talk knowledgeably about what they had learned. It is easy to collect the Cat Boxes from the Kingsmead Store off Kingsmead Road. I cannot praise the Trust enough for what they do for schools. Marion Green and the other staff are always extremely helpful.”
James Blomfield, Deputy Headteacher, St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School, Canterbury.

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