Museum Loans Service

The Museum Loans Service has a rich and varied collection including natural history specimens, social history artefacts, models and artwork.

For full details of the museum loans service, including delivery and collection schedules please visit our new website.


Resources are used to provide support in the classroom after a museum/education visit; handling objects for interactive learning; and displayed exhibitions in protective plastic cases.

The loans service is a FREE service to Doncaster Local Authority (LA) schools. Academies may access this service, however, charges will apply. 

Loans can be requested using the online catalogue, or if you require assistance, please contact the office.

The service is provided free to Doncaster Council schools. Charges apply to academies, independent schools and others.

Conditions of loan

  • items should be checked immediately on receipt 
  • the borrower is responsible for the care, security and safety of items on point of delivery until they are collected
  • please report loss or damage immediately to the Museum Loans office
  • all loss and damage will be charged to the school
  • objects and paintings should not be displayed in direct sunlight or next to a room heater
  • please do not attempt to repair any damaged items as this may damage the item further
  • personal loans must be returned to the  loans site on the return date unless prior arrangement has been made for a van collection or loan extension
  • if the personal loan is not returned to the  loans site on the return date an overdue charge of £10.00 per day will be made
  • whilst items are on loan it is the responsibility of the loan institution to ensure items are handled appropriately by pupils, teachers and/or members of the public. No responsibility will be taken by Doncaster Council for any physical injury sustained by persons using items from Doncaster Museum Loans Service collection
  • items in your care must not be placed on loan to a secondary institution
  • depending on availability, loan periods can be extended by contacting the museum loans service the day before collection
  • please ensure that all units are in a central area on the collection date      

Reminiscence collection

You can take a nostalgic trip into the past through a wide range of stimulating and original resource materials. Suitable for Nursing Homes, Hospitals, Day Centres, and those who work with older and inter-generational groups.

Thirty themed-sets feature a wealth of handling objects, aroma bottles, audio and visual media, clothing and photographs from different decades throughout the 20th century. 

Themes for the collection have been chosen to appeal to all members of society, regardless of their social or cultural background. Childhood Memories, In the Kitchen, Hobbies, Sports and Pastimes are just a few of the topics to choose from. An information pack is included with each themed set. This contains ideas, activities and advice to help staff without any reminiscence experience to run sessions within their own establishment.

See our online catalogue for details:

To order:

  • simply 'add the item' to your shopping cart and complete your details when you checkout
  • payment is collected on delivery of the requested loan set.
  • loans are for two weeks
  • delivery and collection can also be arranged upon request for a small charge.

For Health and Safety reasons, the Reminiscence sets are not recommended for use in schools.

Open Monday to Friday 8.30a.m. to 5p.m. - visits by appointment only. Free car parking and loading area. Limited wheelchair access.

For further information, please contact us:


Last updated: 28 August 2018 15:09:03