CAT BOX loans collection

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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. Got a topic in mind? Contact us to discuss how see how we can help. The Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust support this project by giving funds for materials to enhance the collection. 

Using the CAT BOX loans 

 

You may want period specific material to support a History project or you may want to look at how certain things have changed/developed over time 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 all ages and abilities. 

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 boxes from the catalogue and contact us with your request, quoting the CAT BOX number and contents description for each loan you are interested in. Please tell us what you want the loan for (year group and topic) as it is useful to know how they are being used so we may develop the collection for the future. We welcome any feedback you can give us on the loans so we know how to improve the service.

You will then be told whether your choice is available, offered an alternative if appropriate, and a date/time for collection from Canterbury will be arranged. Our collection point is at Wincheap, Canterbury and must be made by appointment.

 

Please do not turn up with making an appointment as we cannot guarantee someone will be available to assist you.

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. Dimensions of each box are entered in the catalogue and you will be alerted to any unusually large or heavy boxes during the booking process.

Loans should be returned at a date/time agreed in advance.  The normal loan period is usually by term, but longer and shorter periods can be arranged. 

 

You can reserve loans up to 1 year in advance. 

Loans charges

Canterbury Archaeological Trust is a charity and there is an administration charge to this service. The charge is £20 per loan, for one term or part of a term. If you have as many as three boxes at one time, you get a ‘3 for 2’ deal and pay total £40. This can be spread across year groups and throughout the academic year. 

 

Payment can be done through cash, or a cheque payable to ‘Canterbury Archaeological Trust’ when you collect your loans. Receipts are available on request. We can invoice your school but this incurs an extra VAT charge.

We occasionally have requests for a weekend loans, for which the charge will be discussed during booking.

St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School
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“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.”

 

James Blomfield, Deputy Headteacher,
St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School,

Canterbury.

Photo Gallery

Anglo-Saxon
Anglo-Saxon

CAT BOX 603 | Collection of original and replica domestic and personal objects including some local to Dover and Kent; ‘What was it like to live in Anglo-Saxon Lyminge’ curriculum pack; Anglo-Saxon grave from Buckland Dover info pack + activity ideas. Original/Replica | box size: 57x39x18cms © 2016 Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

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19th Century: Building
19th Century: Building

CAT BOX 31 | Smock Mill Windmill model (constructed in shape of a labourer’s smock) made by Philip Veale, here in use with schools at Science, Engineering and Technology Week. model | box size: 94x67x46cms | 2 items © 2007 Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

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19th Century
19th Century

CAT BOX 356 | Toys and games, Victorian replica | box size: 57x39x18cms | 58 items © 2007 Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

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Roman
Roman

CAT BOX 346 | Roman kitchen/dining room items. replica | box size: 57x39x18cms | 11 items © 2007 Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

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19th Century
19th Century

CAT BOX 354 | Laundry Victorian/early 20th century with mangle, sink, wash tub etc. model | perspex case | box size: 40x26x26cms | 1 item © 2007 Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

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19th Century
19th Century

CAT BOX 437 | Florence Nightingale. Items and child’s costume. replica | box size: 45x35x18cms | 10 items © 2007 Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

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Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt

CAT BOX 382 | Rosetta Stone. Miniature copy. replica | box size: 38x40x8cms | 2 items © 2007 Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

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Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece

CAT BOX 319 | Cycladic idol from Cycladic Islands, 2800–2300BC. Copy of marble figurine. replica | box size: 60x20x20cms | 2 items © 2007 Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

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19th Century
19th Century

CAT BOX 226 | Toys. Wooden Victorian toys. replica | box size: 35x25x9cms | 27 items © 2007 Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

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World culture: the Americas
World culture: the Americas

CAT BOX 376 | Aztec Triple Death Mask showing youth, old age and death. Ceramic, made by Mexican potters. replica | box size: 45x35x18cms | 2 items © 2007 Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd

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Prehistory
Prehistory

CAT BOX 70 | Old Stone Age Acheulian hand axes, flint, probably from the Stour gravels at Fordwich or Sturry. original | box size: 40x28x10cms | 11 items © 2007 Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

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Roman
Roman

CAT BOX 392 | Roman dining room. Made by Mary Winsch, 2001. Scale: 1:10. Not based on any particular site. model | perspex cover | box size: 62x62x57cms | 2 items © 2007 Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

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20th Century transport
20th Century transport

CAT BOX 30 | Rye Ketch Barge ‘Martinet’ (Built by G & T Smith of Rye, East Sussex in 1912, registered at Goole and owned by Everards). Scale 1:60. model | perspex cover | box size: 65x53x25cms | 1 item © 2007 Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

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16th–18th Century
16th–18th Century

CAT BOX 92 | Wealden House c. 1500. Model by Lesley Popple. model | perspex case | box size: 60x34x40cms | 2 items © 2007 Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

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Tudor
Tudor

CAT BOX 255 | Elizabethan theatre. Model by R S Neilson. model | 52x52x45cms | 1 item © 2007 Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

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Roman
Roman

CAT BOX 26 | Roman Bireme Model of a galley (bireme) made by Philip Veale, scale 1:48 model | perspex case | box size: 80x52x34cms | 2 items © 2007 Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

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Medieval
Medieval

CAT BOX 349 | Norman castle Cutaway model showing layout and activities in a castle. model | perspex case | no box 50x52x40cms | 1 item © 2007 Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

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Medieval
Medieval

CAT BOX 349 | Norman castle Cutaway model showing layout and activities in a castle. model | perspex case | no box 50x52x40cms | 1 item © 2007 Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

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