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Educational loans boxes

Educational loans boxes containing museum objects and covering a variety of historical topics and age ranges from EYFS to Key Stage 2, are available for hire from our sister site, SEARCH. Click here for full details.

Free downloadable lesson plans - Local History resources

Download these classroom starter lesson plans for local Basingstoke and Hampshire history and the Civil War. The downloads include all resources for an introduction to our sister site, Basing House, the nationally important ruins and grounds of the largest private house in Tudor England, which suffered at the hands of Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War:

We hope you find these resources useful in the classroom, and we look forward to welcoming schools back to our venues.

Online collections

Only a small fraction of Hampshire's collections are on public display at any one time. See images and learn more about our collections, including Toys & Games and Archaeology, through our searchable online catalogue here.

Basingstoke History Educators' Network

Established by a Basingstoke history teacher passionate about the subject, Basingstoke History Educators' Network is a new group for KS1 to KS5 History educators living or teaching in the local area. Connect, learn and share good practice with fellow teachers and local heritage sites. Follow them on Twitter @bstokehen.

What does a Conservator do?

Ever wondered how we care for museum objects? Or what a day in the life of a Conservator is like? Watch this short [2:56] YouTube film to see Claire Woodhead ACR at work in the lab.