History Boxes

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Welcome to

History Boxes

History Boxes is a Leeds based company that provides resources for teachers and schools working on the History Curriculum in the Yorkshire area. I supply handling collections of historical reproductions for use in the school and classroom.

The topic boxes include Greek, Roman, Saxon, Viking, Norman, Medieval, Tudor, Civil War, Egyptians, Aztecs, Victorians, World War One and World War Two. Famous people and significant events are also covered.  for example Florence Nightingale, The Great Fire of London and The Great Plague.

My husband, Dave Thirlwall, created and managed the living history programme at Murton Park in York for nearly 30 years. He decided to leave in May 2020 in order to help me further develop history Boxes due to the increase in demand.

Artefact Boxes

Each box contains at least 25 items covering different aspects of life from a chosen period or a specific theme and come complete with teaching notes.

These objects can be used by teachers and pupils in a variety of ways…click for more

How to Hire

Hiring is a simple process, you can contact us via a number of methods including webmail and on the phone. It is far easier to organise over the phone.

The normal box hire is for 20 working days; this does not include weekends or holidays…click for more

Bespoke Boxes

We can tailor-make a box of artefacts to your specific needs.  Recent boxes we have done include Christopher Columbus, Pirates and a comparative box between Iron Age and Victorians.

An extra charge of £10 per box for this service reflects the research and extra time it takes to put one together.

If you require a collection which is not in this list please contact us as many of the boxes have been developed from teacher led inquiries.

…click here to enquire about bespoke boxes

Yorkshire Museum of Farming

For the last fifteen years History Boxes has proudly been supported Danelaw Living History at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming.

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The learning corridor has been a monumental success, so much so that other schools are now bringing their classes to experience this new hands-on learning environment.

Sue Jones – Head-teacher – Ganton School

Living History Services

Dave and I have been involved with living history for over 30 years.

Running the hugely successful living history project at Murton Park near York has given Dave a wealth of knowledge and expertise in meeting teacher’s requirements and providing living history...click for more

Box Content Lists

We can supply with the contents of our boxes in PDF format, please click on any of the links below...

Aztecs, Egyptian, Greek, Medieval, Norman, Roman, Saxon, Toys, Tudor, Victorian, Viking, WWII

New Curriculum

We now have boxes to fit in with the new curriculum. For example Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Mayan, Crime & Punishment...

We don’t see changes to the curriculum as an obstacle in being able to provide artefact boxes for most periods.

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