STEM Pioneers Loan Box Service

Discover our free museum loan boxes for primary schools!


Since 1970, Bank of England banknotes have featured real life people from our past. Banknotes are a way to celebrate the achievements of people who shaped the world. What is it that made these people so important? Request a loan box for your classroom and dive in!

What’s included?

This loan box explores STEM pioneers that feature on Scottish and English notes, and how their contributions to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics shaped the way we live today. Each box contains real banknotes, some of which are no longer in circulation, and includes Florence Nightingale, Sir William Arrol and Mary Somerville.

The box also contains educational resources for teachers and activities for students to complete in class.

What curriculum stage/subject do the loan boxes support?

They are suitable for students studying Key Stage 2/Second Level and can support a number of curriculum subjects including history, English and science. 

How long can I borrow a box for?

Each box can be borrowed for up to 4 weeks.

How do the boxes get delivered and collected?

We will organise a courier to deliver and collect the boxes (which could take place anytime between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday). If you borrow a loan box, it is important that a teacher is available between these times to receive and return the loan box on the confirmed dates.

Sounds great! How can I receive a loan box?

If you are interested in borrowing a box for your school, please complete our request form.

Requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Whilst there are a small number of boxes available at present, we plan to expand the initiative in future.

Can I see the resources which accompany the loan box?

Feel free to download the resources designed to be used alongside the loan boxes below:

Bank of England Museum Loan Box Service

Discover more about our free museum loan boxes for primary schools. 

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This page was last updated 12 March 2024