Kirklees Museums and Galleries have produced a range of ‘Museum in a Box’ themed resources which are available to be loaned by organisations, groups and schools.

Each box contains approximately 20 multi-sensory objects to help stimulate discussion, along with information and ideas about how to make the best use of the objects.

There are many ways in which the Museum in a Box resources can be used including:-

  • Reminiscence work: An effective way of reaching those people living with dementia. The themed objects and resources help to rekindle memories, encourage conversations, boost self-esteem and can offer support at a time of change.
  • Community projects and activities: The Museum in a Box objects can be used to inspire and enhance a wide range of community exhibitions, projects, meetings, events and activities.
  • School projects: The resources can be used to support specific school and class projects on social and local history or used as classroom displays to create your own museum.

Terms and conditions

  • A Museum in a Box can be borrowed for up to four weeks and is free of charge to organisations, groups and schools within Kirklees.
  • The resources are extremely popular, so you are advised to book well in advance.
  • Collection and return of a resource box is the responsibility of the borrower.
  • On collection we require a returnable deposit of £20.00 (cash or cheque made payable to Kirklees Council).
  • Borrowers will be required to sign a Loan Agreement Form.
  • An invoice will be issued to cover the cost of any missing or damaged items.

Themed resources available from Tolson Museum Huddersfield

Textile industry

Textile industry museum in a box contains:-

  • Shuttles
  • Clogs
  • Textile samples
  • Pictures
  • Film
Textile industry box

Items and clothing from a typical Victorian home and school.

Victorians museum box
First World War

First World War museum in a box contains:-

  • Trench equipment
  • Medals
  • Clothing
  • Photographs
  • Propaganda posters
First World War museum box

1940s museum in a box contains:-

  • Gas mask
  • Ration books
  • Powdered milk
  • Rattle
  • Music CD
1940s museum box

1950s museum in a box contains:-

  • Teddy boy jacket
  • Seamed stockings
  • Old Spice aftershave
1950s museum box

1960s museum in a box contains:-

  • Mini dress
  • 1966 world cup shirt
  • Moon landing memorabilia
  • Youth Dew perfume
1960s museum box

1970s museum in a box contains:-

  • Platform shoes
  • Decimal coin pack
  • Hornsea pottery
  • Co-op stamps
1970s museum box

Childhood museum in a box contains:-

  • Shoe measure
  • Whip and top
  • Scout belt
  • Christening gown
Childhood museum box

Schooldays museum in a box contains:-

  • Janet and John book
  • School blazer and cap
  • Bunsen burner
  • Satchel
  • Milk bottle
Schooldays museum box
Toys and games

Toys and games museum in a box contains:-

  • Pelham puppets
  • Roller skates
  • Clockwork toys
  • Action man and sindy dolls
toys and games museum box
Entertainment and leisure

Entertainment and leisure museum in a box contains:-

  • Box brownie camera
  • Knitting bag
  • Gardening set
  • Tadio theme tune CD
Entertainment museum box
Kitchen and washday

Kitchen and washday museum in a box contains:-

  • Darning mushroom
  • Washing tongs
  • Carbolic soap
  • Pastry cutters
  • Scrubbing brush
Kitchen and washday museum box
Health and beauty

Health and beauty museum in a box contains:-

  • Dressing table set
  • Gentleman's grooming kit
  • 4711 perfume
  • First aid kit
Health and beauty museum box

African-Caribbean museum in a box contains:-

  • Carnival headdress
  • Cricket ball
  • Bob Marley CD
  • Flags and conch shell
African-Caribbean museum box

Royalty museum in a box contains:-

  • Coronation cups
  • Royal wedding memorabilia
  • Archive film footage
  • bunting
Royalty museum box

Holidays museum in a box contains:-

  • Bucket and spade
  • Punch and Judy puppets
  • Swimming costumes
  • Holiday brochures
holidays museum box
Indian Roots

Indian Roots Museum in a box contains:-

  • Kathpulti Puppets
  • Wedding Garland
  • Textile samples
  • Pachisi Board Game
  • Labour Voucher & Airline Ticket’
Indian roots industry box

Contact Tolson Museum

  • Tolson Museum
  • Address Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, Moldgreen, Huddersfield, HD5 8DJ
  • Phone 01484 223240
  • Email

Themed resources available from Bagshaw Museum Batley

The Great War

The Great War museum in a box contains:-

  • Soldier's trench equipment
  • Clothing
  • Photographs
  • Medals
  • Posters
The Great War museum box
Textile industry

Textile mills museum in a box contains:-

  • Shuttles
  • Clogs
  • Textile samples
  • Pictures
  • Film of local mills
Textile mills box
Rugby League

Rugby League museum in a box contains:-

  • Sports clothing
  • Match programmes
  • Rugby ball and badges
Rugby League box
World War II homefront

World War II homefront museum in a box contains:-

  • Ration books
  • Music cd
  • Clothing
  • Photographs
  • Posters
World War II homefront box

Contact Bagshaw Museum