Nottingham Museums

Access Artefacts

With over 11,000 museum artefacts available to loan, our handling collection is one of the most comprehensive heritage and educational services available in the country.

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History at your fingertips

Held in a dedicated store close to Wollaton Park, and managed by experienced museum staff to accreditation standards, Access Artefacts supplies loan objects to schools and community groups with over 8,500 users annually.

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For schools

The collection covers a huge range of themes, including social history, archaeology, geology, industrial history, the natural sciences and others.

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Schools Resource Boxes

Developed to meet the requirements of the national curriculum from Foundation to Key Stage 3, Resource Boxes contain between 10 and 20 objects related to a specific theme as well as information, planned activities and a fact sheet. Find out more below, or get in touch by email via: access.artefacts@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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Digital Resources for ‘Nottingham’s Legacy of Slavery’

Through our Learning & Education team, and having been kindly provided with materials by the University of Nottingham, we can now share a series of digital resources that enable everyone to access museums information, teaching aids and activities online.  These resources have been made available to support the teaching of the ‘Nottingham’s Legacies of Slavery’ project, which illuminates and explores the backgrounds of several locally commemorated individuals and prominent places (including Robert Smith, Eric Irons and George Africanus) that are connected to the transatlantic slave economy.

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Galleries to Go

Meet Professor Clutter, a museum curator who brings handling objects from Access Artefacts into your school and transforms your classroom into a museum.

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For the community

Access Artefacts is a resource used by community groups, care homes, private art enthusiasts, charities and churches.

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Community Resource Boxes

Resource boxes contain up to 20 objects chosen to reflect a specific theme or user group. Packaged in museum cases, they include an information pack, resources, planned activities and a specification for each item.

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Reminiscence Boxes

Step back in time with a Reminiscence Box containing items from our more recent shared history.

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Get in touch

For more information or to make a booking call 0115 876 1420, email access.artefacts@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or fill in our contact form.

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