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.


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.


For schools

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


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:

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Digital Resources

We have a series of digital resources within our access artefacts researched & provided by the University of Nottingham, that enable everyone to access museums information, teaching aids and activities online. Resources are available to support teaching of the ‘Nottingham’s Legacies of Slavery’ core History resources through the reintroduction of individuals associated with Nottingham (including Robert Smith, Samuel Morley, Eric Irons and George Africanus), and the provision of further information on people and places in Nottingham that link with legacies of transatlantic slavery.

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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.


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 or fill in our contact form.

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