“I have used history boxes in lots of different schools when teaching history, and I wouldn’t teach it without one now.  Picking up and weighing a mail shirt was far more educational than drawing a picture from a book and making up the weight with stones! They boxes give lots of opportunities to develop cross curricular links, and to help history come alive”
Angela Hardman, Supply Teacher, North Yorkshire.

“We have worked extensively with History Boxes for over 15 years and we are more than delighted with the with the service they provide for us. Our company York Time Travel create bespoke residential educational school trips. So we require the highest integrity and professionalism for our business, which is what we get from Lynn and Dave Thirlwall of History Boxes.

The experience and knowledge they bring to York Time Travel is invaluable. Providing numerous formats of historical activities for our schools visiting York. History Boxes understand the high standards that we require for our company and have consistently delivered, frequently requested personally by the schools we work with. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend working with them and we wish, our relationship continues for many years.”
Bob Barker, York Time Travel

‘The very first box we used from History Boxes greatly aided the pupil’s understanding of the Great Fire of London.’
Ganton School, Formal History Audit

“Without the support, advice and resources provided by History Boxes we would have been unable to create our Centenary WWI learning corridor.  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.   I commend History Boxes for the quality and diversity of the range of resources they bring to the classroom and their professionalism in supporting the learning of pupils at Ganton School.”
Sue Jones, Head-teacher at Ganton School

“This is fantastic, where did you get all this stuff?”
Royal British Legion

“Thank you so much for letting me bring my class to you.  The handling resources were a great success.  The class really enjoyed themselves.”
Sirius Academy


The boxes give lots of opportunities to develop cross curricular links, and to help history come alive

Angela Hardman - Teacher North Yorkshire

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

Living History Events

Come and see us at Bolton Castle on 7th and 8th June for a 15th century living history event in conjunction with the Richard III Society.

We help launch North Yorkshire Moors Park summer season at Danby Visitor Centre on July 27th with a multi-period event.

Did You Know?

The European tortoise was once plentiful in Ancient Greece and its empty shell made an excellent sound-box for the stringed instrument called the lyre.