We offer a variety of services for schools, from discovery boxes for loan to fully tailor-made sessions led by our Learning Officer. 

Take a look below to discover our full range of learning resources! 

Discovery Box loans - £25 per box

Our discovery boxes are a fantastic resource for enhancing learning in the classroom and can be loaned for up to two weeks.

All our discovery boxes include real and replica objects and teachers' notes as well as extra resources for helping to get the most out of your session. Our discovery boxes also assist in supporting the new curriculum with local history content, and provide pupils with hands on experience in learning about history.

If you would like to book one of our discovery boxes, simply download a Discovery Box Enquiry Form and email the completed form to

Discovery Box Ancient Greeks

Ancient Greeks
A wealth of items relating to the Ancient Greeks. Objects include clothing, masks, a discus, information and artefacts on gods and goddesses.




Discovery Box Romans

An excellent resource showing examples and replicas from the Roman era. Featuring amongst many items, a toga, mortarium, a gladiator glass beaker and oil lamp. The discovery box includes teacher's notes, a sound and learning pack and posters and videos.



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A Tudor ruff, feather quill, wine goblet and other objects

Artefacts relating to Tudor life and Henry VIII's Oatlands Palace with illustrations, slides and photographs.





Discovery Box Victorian Costume

Victorian Costume
A rare chance for pupils to handle and try on genuine Victorian accessories and items of clothing. Objects include a gentleman's removable collar, ladies gloves, a jet mourning necklace and a hat pin. Accompanied by full notes describing what objects tell us about Victorian life.



Discovery Box Victorian Domestic

Victorian Domestic
Household items such as a knife cleaner and stoneware hot-water bottle. Includes background information, notes on the objects, suggested activities and worksheets.




Discovery Box Seaside

Seaside Holidays
All the fun of seaside holidays of the past. Handling objects include a penny lick, Punch and Judy puppets and of course a bucket and spade. Accompanied by full notes, photographs and teacher's pack.





Victorian washing items including a washboard, iron, kettle and tongs

Wash Day
Featuring a game and full teacher's notes. Items include washboard, iron, dolly tub and tongs.



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Toys including a doll, teddy bear and a whip and top

Toys from the Past
19th and 20th centuries. Original as well as replica objects are included. Featuring a whip and top, Diablo and various board games. Complete with background notes on the objects.




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World War Two objects including a tin helmet, armband, gas mask and ration card

World War II
Objects (including gas masks), slides, notes, newspapers, leaflets and other information on the Home Front. Includes a new video looking at the role of women and children.




A Stone Age arrow head

Stone Age

A diverse range of objects that explore how technology, domestic life, hunting and weaponry developed during the Stone Age.



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Image of an embroidered postcard from the First World War


Themed around items in a soldier's kitbag, this box gives a glimpse of what life was like in the trenches!


Our Learning team can visit your school to deliver a curriculum-supported session. Each session is an hour and a half long and participants are given the opportunity to explore and investigate life in the past using the museum's collection. All outreach sessions are suitable for Years 1 to 6, maximum of 30 students.

If you would like to book one of our outreach sessions, simply download an Outreach Session Enquiry Form and email the completed form to 

Patterns from the Palace 
Discover the history of the Tudors in Elmbridge. Explore the past of Oatlands Palace and handle objects excavated from its grounds. Pupils will create their own Tudor inspired tiles.

Toys from the Past 
Handle historic toys in this interactive session learning about toys from different eras. Pupils will then get to make their own old fashioned toy.

Victorian Christmas Cards 
Find out all about Christmas traditions invented by the Victorians. Taking inspiration from our collection, pupils will be able to make Christmas cards of their own.

Victorian Domestic Life 
Explore what life was like for a Victorian servant through handling objects and experience how they would have carried out household chores.

A Visit to the Seaside 
Learn what seaside holidays used to be like through handling objects and then have fun making Punch and Judy puppets.

Life on the Home Front 
Learn about life on the home front during World War One in Elmbridge. Pupils then get to make a civilian gas mask.

A Visit to a Roman Bathhouse 
Explore the history of the Roman bathhouse in Cobham. Learn about Roman customs and culture through role play, object handling and craft activities.



Our Elmbridge Museum Schools Membership scheme gives schools access to our selection of interactive workshops and discovery boxes throughout the school year. The membership runs from September to July and has been designed to support schools in the delivery of the national curriculum.   


For an annual fee of only £195, the membership includes:

  • 5 outreach sessions
  • 5 discovery box loans
  • 1 assembly for the whole school
  • 1 Teacher's CPD session
  • A bespoke consultation to help you make the most of your membership


  • Priority booking of resources
  • Free delivery and collection of discovery boxes
  • Avoid higher non-member fees and spread the cost across the school year. 


If you are interested in joining our Elmbridge Museum Schools Membership scheme why not take advantage of our free assembly offer to find out how we can support learning at your school. 

If you would like to organise an assembly at your school simply get in touch with our friendly learning team by calling 01372 474586 or emailing


If you are interested in an area of our collection or just curious to see how we can help with a school project, then do feel free to get in touch for an informal conversation. We can plan and deliver tailored sessions to meet your requirements and would be delighted to discuss ways in which we may be able to work together. Please get in touch to find out more.

We are piloting selected new workshops in response to the new National Curriculum and to improve our services - contact us if you are interested in trialling these.