Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Development Trust

Christmas Boxes of Delight

Giving some of the most in need schools in Newcastle upon Tyne's deprived 'West End' access to Museum object handling boxes in their own schools to support and improve their learning experiences and attainment particularly whilst schools are unable to visit museums due to social distancing.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1137867)

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Championed by Four Acre Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)


United Kingdom

  • The objects really brought to life the experiences of people from the First World War and made it seem "real" I think for the children

    — Teacher at a Boxes of Delight School

  • Outstanding! The children were totally engaged during all of the activities and learnt a lot about the Battle of Britain.

    — Teacher at a Boxes of Delight School

  • The actual fossils themselves were invaluable when explaining the process of fossilisation and allowed children the opportunity to take on the role of experts.

    — Teacher at a Boxes of Delight School


Discovery Museum is based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne's deprived West end, which has one of the highest levels of child poverty in the region. Poverty can significantly impact the learning and attainment of children and young people. Experiential learning through visiting museums has been proven to support children's learning and attainment, however the current impact of Coronavirus means that schools cannot visit museums in person, and children are missing out on these learning opportunities.


As schools cannot access museums Boxes of Delight will enable children and young people to engage with real life history in their own classrooms. The range of themed boxes available contain real and replica objects alongside resources such as the “Book of Delight” to support learning with the objects. The usual membership charges for these boxes can present a barrier to some schools, so we will gift 10 Boxes of Delight memberships to the most in need schools in the areas around Discovery Museum.