Borrow and download museum resources

Borrow items from the handling collection

We can loan items from our handling collection on a wide range of subjects from natural science such as stuffed animals through to social history such as costumes.

These are available for use by the community, by carers and the cared for, either for group work or on an individual, one to one basis.

Items can be borrowed for up to a month for a one-off charge of £30.

Call or email to book the item you want or to discuss your requirements.

Contact: Telephone: 01432 383383

Explore and Reminiscence Boxes available for hire

We have a range of themed boxes available for use by community groups and individuals. Each box contains many objects that are suitable for reminiscence, study or simply exploring a topic.

Collection of rag dolls dressed to show period costume

  • Down the Pub – how times have change
  • Old Toys – from Lego to puppets, did you own any of these toys?
  • Tea On the Table – tea time items to jog the memory
  • Childhood – long forgotten objects   
  • WW2 On the Home Front – mend and make do
  • Baking – utensils we used to use
  • WW2 A Long Way from Home – the tough life of a soldier
  • Mystery Objects – a bit of everything!
  • Scrubs Up Well – fun exploration of personal hygiene from the past
  • WW1 Remembrance – the boys who went to war
  • Dolls – Six gorgeous handmade dolls in historical costume
  • Hobbies and Pastimes – life before the internet
  • Slavery – take your time over this one
  • Fossils – plants and creatures older than the museum
  • A Right Royal Box – a celebration C20th royalty

Collection of WW2 paper memorabilia, including ration book, maps etc

There is a fee of £50 for each loan of up to a maximum of one month.

When you have selected a box please contact us:


Telephone: 01432 383383

 Museum Resource and Learning Centre, 58 Friars Street, Hereford. HR4 0AS

All staff are part time and they will respond to your request as soon as possible.

Collection/return must be pre-booked. Please leave up to 20 mins for collection and return as objects need to be checked and counted.

Collection/return is from the Museum Resource and Learning Centre, 58 Friars Street, Hereford. HR4 0AS (not the museum in Broad Street).

Download publications

You can download Hereford Rocks, a guide to the museum's George West collection, written by the original curator as "an eccentric's view of Life, the Universe and the Rocks of Herefordshire".