The museum has created three loan boxes. The loan boxes meet Key Stage 2 requirements for primary schools and can be adapted for Key Stage 1 pupils. Equally they will be of interest to adult groups.
Water Cure Loan Box
The Water Cure Loan Box examines the impact of the Water Cure on our local communities, after the arrival of the Water Cure doctors in 1842. It also looks at the importance of Malvern water. Teachers’ notes offer background information. These will hopefully stimulate further ideas for classroom activities. A number of classroom-based projects and ideas are included in this pack. All sheets can be photocopied.
The activities include: filtering water through a range of materials; designing and making a donkey headband; using maps to consider the growth of Malvern; a water cure re-enactment.
The artefacts are suitable for multiple handling and the dressing up clothes will support re-enactments. They are all replica or modern items, and should withstand careful usage.
Prehistoric Malvern Loan Box
The Prehistoric Malvern Loan Box provides an overview of Malvern’s early communities and their legacy. It draws from the latest theories about who settled in this area and began to tame it. Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age tools and weapons are included for handling purposes. This includes a selection of flint tools, an antler pick and a Neolithic stone axe. These should facilitate further enquiries and connections with our anonymous ancestors.
Teachers’ notes offer background information on local prehistoric sites and surviving evidence. In addition, there are several school text books. A range of classroom activities include making a flint tool, designing and creating a Bronze Age pottery urn and understanding prehistoric timelines. Dressing up clothes are provided.
Geology and Fossils Loan Box
The Malvern Hills provide a brilliant resource for finding out about how the rocks were formed. Malvern was in a very different part of the world 650 million years ago! Intense heat, oceans, wind and ice all played their part in forming the hills and land either side that we know today. Primitive life forms have left their footprints and can still be found.
This loan box makes it possible for children to handle local rock samples. In addition, class activities will help them explore mineral content and where the samples can be found. Some exciting fossils are also included for handling and identification. Class challenges, including a local visit, are suggested for follow up work.
All boxes contain a teachers’ pack with background information, activities and worksheets. A list of Frequently Asked Questions will provide extra support.
Borrowing Loan Boxes
Loan boxes can be borrowed for a three week period at a cost of £15. If you are interested in borrowing any of our loan boxes, please use the relevant button on our contact page.