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Dean Heritage Centre Museum & Galleries

Loan Boxes

The Dean Heritage Centre offers a comprehensive loan box service using items from the museum's handling collection.

The loan service is designed to enable students to handle and examine original artefacts in the classroom. We have a variety of boxes available including items from Victorian domestic life, laundry, mining and WWII. For a full list please contact the Education and Training Officer.

The Dean Heritage Centre handling collection and loan service is available Monday to Friday during term time and by arrangement during academic holidays.

The standard duration of each loan period is 2 weeks. A prompt return to the Dean Heritage Centre guarantees good service to all the users of the Dean Heritage Centre handling collection and loan service.

The collection boxes are collected from and returned to the Dean Heritage Centre by the borrower. Short-term parking for the safe loading and unloading of the collection boxes is located at the main entrance of the Dean Heritage Centre.

Every collection box contains the Guidelines for the Care of Loan Collections (download pdf here). Please take the time to read through these guidelines which stress the importance of careful handling, usage, storage and packing; as well as the need for protection from environmental factors.

The cost of hiring a handling box is £30 per 2 week hire. Payment can be made on collection or by invoice.


If you are interested in hiring a Loan Box or for more details, please call Joanne on: 01594 822170 or email