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Museum Boxes

These are available to schools and colleges at £3.00 for a two week loan. The boxes can be used effectively with the National Curriculum in various subject areas. Phone bookings please on .

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The boxes come in two categories - Local History and Roman

 Local History boxes

Photographs of Old Godalming  

19 fascinating photographs showing the old cobbled High Street, its shops and the Pepperpot, Church Street, other nearby roads, and two local mills.  Laminated for easy handling, these provide a wonderful insight into Godalming in the past couple of centuries. 

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Photographs of Godalming and District in 1921

37 views of Godalming and District with historical and descriptive notes.  These are laminated and give a historical picture of this area between the two World Wars.  They are also a good resource for the literacy hour.  The original book is included for display purposes. 

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Tudor Times - The Dawn of Printing

The invention of printing in the mid-fifteenth century produced an information explosion that fuelled the Renaissance.  This box contains leaves from books printed in the late 15th century (during the reign of Henry the Seventh) and a leaf of a manuscript book of circa 1400.  Extensive teaching notes describe the way both manuscript and early printed books were produced.  A 17th century book is included to show how books have developed after this pioneering period. 

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Life in Tudor Times

This box illustrates Tudor domestic and courtly life, learning and religion with genuine and remarkable artefacts. A few building items are included. A rare Tudor child's exercise book can be compared with its modern equivalent. The teaching notes are exceptional and the photos are beautiful. Two CDs of Tudor music are also included.

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In Granny’s Day

A collection of simple everyday household objects which were being used in the 1950s.  A darning mushroom with hosiery darning cottons, knicker elastic, a bakelite thimble, grate polish and a wooden pencil box are just a few of the handling items which introduce us to a different world only fifty years ago. 

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A Victorian Collection

An original souvenir copy of a local photographer’s record of ‘Godalming Diamond Jubilee’ in 1897 and two original Victorian scrap books (one on linen) are included for display purposes. 

Handling items include:

  • a medal to celebrate the opening of Hascombe School in 1867 showing Queen Victoria on the reverse side

  • an ‘In Memoriam’ Card

  • a copy of Witley Parish Magazine for 1887 with details of village plans for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee

  • a book of ‘Little Poems for Little Readers’

  • a bead purse

  • a Bible marker

  • a penny dated 1900

  • 8 laminated photographs of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Godalming.

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The Toy Box  

An eclectic collection of original and replica toys, the majority of which can be played with under the watchful eye of the group teacher or leader. Other toys are for display and discussion purposes only. This large box contains a wooden bibo catcher, a bagatelle, a counting frame, a quoits board, metal vehicles, jigsaws, replica Roman knucklebones, a replica Tudor stump doll and much more. The collection is supported by good historical notes. 

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Roman boxes.

Life in Roman Times

A remarkable range of authenticated Roman artefacts in pottery, metal and glass, together with bones and oyster shells from a Roman kitchen, are presented to give a fascinating view of domestic life in Roman times.  These are supported with extensive teaching notes and with a selection of books and pamphlets for additional background information. 

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Roman Buildings

A selection of original artefacts from Roman buildings are presented.  These are supported by two model kits with which students can assemble a typical Roman tiled roof and a Roman hypocaust floor; a wonderful ‘hands-on’ learning experience in the classroom.  Extensive teaching notes are included.

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Roman Mosaics

This box contains genuine tesserae from Roman mosaic floors (including one tessera from the local Binscombe Roman villa), illustrations of complete floors and teaching notes.  In addition a stock of modern tesserae in four colours is supplied, together with convenient trays to allow students to enjoy generating their own mosaics; another ‘hands-on’ learning experience. 

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Roman Arithmetic

The methods the Romans used for adding and subtracting are described in a sequence of display cards, supported by examples of original Roman and later counting tokens.  Additional display cards cover the pre-Roman number system and the replacement of Roman by Arabic numerals. 

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                                                                    Web site last updated 13/11/2004