artefacts from Storytelling Kit (c) Archaeology Scotland

Artefact Handling Kits

Archaeology Scotland held a ‘big think’ meeting on handling kits – also known as artefact handing kits, loan boxes, or handling boxes – and this is the result of that meeting. We showcased two Archaeology Scotland’s Artefact Investigation Kits, Fantastic Flint and Viking Scotland, including the notes for educators, and the loans borrowing process; Historic Environment Scotland’s Go Roman teachers’ pack and Medieval Castle handling box kit list; and Rosslyn Chapel’s Mason’s Tools kit list.

This blog post goes through: what a handling kit is; how they are used; instructions on how to create your own artefact handling kit; and many Top Tips!

As with all our posts, this is a living document that will be added to over time. This information is aimed at educators who either have, or want to create, heritage-based handling kits. Read more about Artefact Handling Kits


Get learning! Online, easy wins for your professional development

This a living document that we’ll add to over time.

Whether you’re an old hat or just starting out, online talks and courses are just so invigorating! Use them to get (re)motivated, remind yourself of key concepts or just for interest’s sake. This post emphasizes heritage learning but includes other, more general topics of interest to educators.

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