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Handling Boxes

Free Teachers Resources - Handling Boxes
To complement curriculum-linked activities for pupils, Historic Scotland offers a range of resources for teachers. These provide flexible support in delivering Curriculum for Excellence. A range of free handling box sessions are offered at a variety of sites.  These boxes offer a great opportunity for hands-on learning!







Georgian Life handling box

Duff House
P4 - P7 & S1 - S2
This box is available on site at Duff House for teachers leading visits to the property.  It contains resources and activities to explore the architecture of Duff House using historical documents, images and carved architectural decorations.

How to book
The handling box can be booked for use during a visit by phoning Duff House on 01261 818181.


Iron Age 'Broch Life' Handling Box

Orkney
P1 - P7
Open up a box full of replica artefacts to see, feel and explore life in the Iron Age. The Iron Age in Orkney saw the construction of many impressive brochs - defensive strongholds designed as much to demonstrate land ownership and power as to protect their occupants. This handling box is accompanied by images and suggested activities designed to help teachers with the difficult task of explaining everyday life in the ruins of the Broch of Gurness.

How to book
To book the box please call the Orkney Rangers on 01856 841732 and specify whether you wish to use the box on site or in the classroom.


Medieval Castles Handling Box

P3 - P7 & S1 - S2
Bring your castle visit to life by booking a set of our Handling Boxes to use as part of your visit.  Explore castle defences, domestic life and court life by handling high-quality replicas of medieval objects. Sessions are free, and teacher-led, helping you to focus on the needs and interests of your group.

Download Objects from the Past: Medieval Castle Life [pdf, 1.4mb]
Download Gaelic version [pdf, 3mb]

How to book
Contact the site that you wish to visit.  Participating sites are Aberdour Castle, Blackness Castle, Bothwell Castle, Doune Castle, St Andrews Castle and Urquhart Castle.


Skara Brae handling box

Orkney
P1 - P7 & S1 - S2
There are two handling boxes available for Orkney schools at Skara Brae, on the theme of life in the prehistoric village. Both are identical and contain replicas of artefacts found on the site, along with a teacher’s pack that includes photocopiable pupil worksheets, ideas for classroom-based activities, a photo CD and reference books.

One box can be used on site at Skara Brae, while the other one is available for Orkney schools to borrow and use in the classroom, although schools must collect it and return it themselves.

How to book
Please call the Orkney Rangers on 01856 841732 and specify whether you wish to use the box on site or in the classroom.


Victorian Life handling box

Duff House
P1 - P7 & S1 - S2
A box of replica Victorian artefacts is available on site at Duff House for teachers leading visits to the property. It contains domestic items and pupil question / answer sheets to explore the objects and learn more about life in the Victorian house.

How to book
The handling box can be booked for use during a visit by phoning Duff House on 01261 818181.


Vikings handling box

Orkney & Shetland
P1 - P7 & S1 - S2
There are two handling boxes available, one in Orkney, one in Shetland, on the theme of Viking life. The boxes include replicas of artefacts found at Viking sites such as Jarlshof and Brough of Birsay, along with a teacher’s pack that includes photocopiable pupil worksheets, ideas for classroom based activities, a photo CD, a DVD and reference books.

The boxes can be borrowed for use in the classroom, but schools must collect and return the boxes themselves.

How to book
Schools in Orkney can borrow a box by phoning the Orkney Rangers on 01856 841732.
Schools in Shetland can borrow a box by phoning the Education Officer at Shetland Museum & Archives on 01595 695057.


World War I & II handling boxes

Stirling Castle
World War I Handling Box [PDF, 3mb] (S3-S4)
World War II Handling Box [PDF, 882kb] (P4-P7)

Follow specific routes (with differentiated worksheets) around the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum and Stirling Castle. In the education room investigate the life of a soldier through artefacts and uniforms.

Teacher - led activity: September to April - Mondays and Fridays on request
10.00am, 12.30pm for 2 hours
Maximum number of pupils: 33

How to book
Contact Learning Services on 0131 652 8155 / 8156

Pictish Life Handling box

St Vigeans Museum & Meigle Museum
P3-P7 & S1-S2

The Pictish Life Handling Box has been created to support a class visit to the St Vigeans Museum of Carved Stones near Arbroath or to Meigle Museum, Meigle, Angus.  The replica objects contained in the box will help pupils to explore Pictish life through some of the evidence that the Picts left behind.

How to book

To book your visit and a session using the Handling Box, please contact Historic Scotland on 0131 652 8155 / 8156 St Vigeans Museum direct on 01241 433739 or Meigle Museum on 01828 640612.  For schools in Angus Council only:  Angus Council Educational Resources Service have their own boxes of replica Pictish objects which may be borrowed for classroom use.  Please telephone 01241 435008 or email education@angus.gov.uk

Downloadable teachers’ notes for a visit to St Vigeans Museum and wider site are available from free publications.





Contact us

Learning Services
Historic Scotland
Holyrood Park Education Centre
1 Queen’s Drive
Edinburgh
EH8 8HG
Tel: +44 (0)131 652 8155/8156

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