The Museum of Reading operates Britain’s largest and oldest loan service. Outside the Box has been a four-year project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has revitalised and extended the service and developed it into a unique partnership with over twenty museums and heritage organisations across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.
Some 20,000 objects from the collections of the Museum of Reading and its partner museums have been re-presented in over 1,500 loan boxes. They tell the stories of people and places across the world, taking mini-museums to people in schools, colleges, care homes, libraries, and local community groups across the Thames Valley.
Outside the Box has inspired poetry, storytelling, drama and role-play as well as science clubs and history projects. The project has extended to include Memory boxes that go to Care Homes and hospitals and in collaboration with Age Concern and the Alzheimers Society provide stimulating and enjoyable experiences for many older people.
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You are all welcome to come along and join them for Outside the Box at the Museum of Reading, family-themed events including talks about the museum’s famous copy of the Bayeux Tapestry, story telling, and competitions.
Sat 4 April 10am-4pm, Sun 5 April 11am-4pm FREE but some activities charged
Tel: 0118 939 9800