Teachers, schools and groups

To help enhance learning, Enfield Museum provides a variety of opportunities and resources for local schools and community groups.

Our range of loan boxes provide hands-on interaction with historical objects for a variety of subjects in the national curriculum. All loan boxes are easy to transport and available for one month at a time.

View our School Loan Box Information for Teachers (PDF, 233KB).

Our loan boxes cover a wide range of historical periods and themes:

Loan box



Enfield during the First World War

Includes what life was like on the home front and for Enfield soldiers. Sponsored by The Enfield Society. View our resource pack (DOC , 5MB).

Works with a local area study unit as part of key stage 2 History.


These artefacts help students to look at similarities and differences between the toys of today and those of the past, to understand the concepts of old and new, and to think about the changes that have occurred within living memory.

Works with key stage 1 History.

Household and homes*

These artefacts help students decide what we can learn about homes in the past, to understand the concepts of old and new, and to think about the changes that have occurred within living memory.

Works with key stage 1 History.


Artefacts from the time before the Roman invasion of AD 43. Developed by the Museum of London.

Complements the study of changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age in line with key stage 2 History.

Ancient Rome*

Focuses on areas such as work and leisure, food, communication, economy, health and beauty.

Complements the study of the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain, in line with key stage 2 History.

Ancient Egypt

Focuses on 'belief, customs and legends' and 'temples and tombs'.

Complements the study of the earliest civilizations, in line with key stage 2 History.

Victorian Enfield*

Focuses on the characteristic features of Victorian times and on the lives of Victorian children, as well as how the area has changed over time.

Complements History key stages 1 and 2.

World War Two

These artefacts help students learn about the effects of World War Two on people and children in the local area.


Britain since 1948: the Windrush Years*

Ornaments, recipes, magazines and fashion from the late 1940s and 1950s, that focus on life from the point of view of the first big wave of immigrants from the Caribbean.

These artefacts help students develop an understanding of social, cultural and technological change in post-war British society.

Complements History key stages 1 (changes within living memory) and 2.

Ghana and the transatlantic slave trade

Contains traditional and modern Ghanaian artefacts, products of the slave trade and some items of restraint. These artefacts help teach many aspects of the slave trade, including its origins and the lives of slaves, as well as its eventual abolition.

Complements History key stage 3 (ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901) and Black History Month.

Small loan boxes

These boxes cover a wide range of smaller topics, including the Blitz, currency, fashion, metals, numbers, sewing and mending, tiny toys, food in WW2 and writing. Courtesy of the Clore Duffield Foundation.


*We have two of these boxes in order to be able to supply more schools, and there is a very slight variation in the contents.


For enquiries, email the Schools Library Service.

Enfield schools

£20 large box, £15 small box

Independent schools, free schools, academies and community groups

All boxes £20

Out of borough schools

All boxes £30

Prehistory loan box (produced by the Museum of London, schools subscribing to the Schools Library Service only)


Where charged, this includes:

  • a box of museum artefacts of your choice
  • advice on how to use the resource
  • books and resources to accompany the large boxes, if required
  • delivery and collection (within borough only)

Order a loan box

Visits to the museum are free, but you should email the team in advance or if you have any queries.

If you are travelling with SEN students, we can arrange for quiet spaces and private access to our temporary exhibition gallery.

Historical re-enactment and performances

Bring the past to life with a performance from a historic character. Enfield Museum works with Spectrum Drama to enhance teaching and learning. Tell us what you are studying and we will try and match you with a relevant character.

These dramatic performances are arranged by Enfield Museum for a nominal charge.

Handling and costume sessions

Enfield Museum works with History on the Move to provide a range of costume and handling sessions where children can handle original artefacts, try on period costumes and participate in role play.

Current sessions include:

  • Life in the 1950s (changes within living memory)
  • The First World War
  • The Second World War
  • Tudors
  • Victorians

These sessions are charged at a nominal price per head. We are also able to provide sessions for SEN pupils from trained special needs educators.

Exhibition panels exploring Enfield's role in the Second World War an the Transatlantic Slave Trade are available for loan to local schools and organisations. This service is free of charge.

Panels can be borrowed individually or as a complete exhibition. To arrange a loan, email the team.


Contents of loan box

Enfield at War: 1939-1945

This exhibition is dedicated to the people who served in the forces or lived on the Home Front in the London Borough of Enfield.

All panels 130cm x 80cm.

  • Sand bags and tin helmets
  • Bombs, mines and doodlebugs
  • Taking cover
  • 'Dad's Army'
  • Women in the war - the women's land army
  • The children's war - evacuation and education
  • Industries

Enfield and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

An exhibition that remembers the millions who suffered from the slave trade, pays tribute to the moral convictions of all those - black and white - who campaigned for abolition and asks why forms of slavery still exist today.

All panels 130cm x 80cm.

  • An exhibition
  • Africa
  • The African slave trade
  • The enslavement of Africans
  • The triangular trade
  • Slave ships
  • Liberated Africans
  • Slavery in the Caribbean
  • Slavery in the USA
  • Slavery in Britain
  • British Anti-Slavery Movement
  • Sylvia Woodcock
  • Quakers and abolition
  • Famous Quakers at Winchmore Hill
  • Slavery 1834 to today
  • Legacy of slavery
  • The parish of Edmonton
  • The parish of Enfield
  • Connections with the slave trade
  • Black people in Enfield
  • Parish churches

Our Ordinary People - Extraordinary Lives resource supports the Citizenship and Black History Month curricula. It's the result of a collaboration between the museum and Latymer All Saints School, and features edited transcripts of interviews of local people by year five:

The shooting down of the Cuffley Airship

Cecil Arnold, a fictional journalist for the Enfield Gazette, tells you the dramatic story of the night the German SL11 airship was shot down over Enfield, falling to the Earth in flames:

Special projects

We are always keen to hear from teachers and community groups who would like to work with us. If you have ideas for developing other resources, events or activities, email the team.