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Primary school workshop

Self-led Handling boxes

Discover more about your topic using one of our object handling boxes.

Containing real and replica objects as well as a range of suggested activities, these boxes can be tailored by teachers to suit the learning intentions of their class. Each in-person session starts with an introduction by our Enabler team. They will also talk you through some suggested activities for you and your class. 



About our handling boxes


£25 per class

Suitable For

Nursery - S6


10:30/11:45/13:00 (60 mins)


Please check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your session.



Boxes available



Ancient Egypt, 

Animals, Ecosystems and Interdependence

Teachers' Notes

Teachers’ notes for each box are available to download below. Notes will also be provided with the box.



Ancient Egypt

Animals, Ecosystems and Interdependence (Primary, Secondary)




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Curriculum links

You can explore the handling box notes before your visit to plan how this will link into the curriculum and your work in class. Below are some of the ways taking part in a session with your class links to the CfE Experiences and Outcomes:

Health and Wellbeing

Representing my class, school and/or wider community encourages my self-worth and confidence and allows me to contribute to and participate in society. 

HWB 0-12a / HWB 1-12a / HWB 2-12a / HWB 3-12a / HWB 4-12a 


When I engage with others, I know when and how to listen, when to talk, how much to say, when to ask questions and how to respond with respect. LIT 1-02a 

When I engage with others, I can respond in ways appropriate to my role, show that I value others’ contributions and use these to build on thinking. LIT 2-02a 

Social Studies

I am aware that different types of evidence can help me to find out about the past. SOC 0-01a           

I understand that evidence varies in the extent to which it can be trusted and can use this in learning about the past. SOC 1-01a           

I can use primary and secondary sources selectively to research events in the past. SOC 2-01a           

I can use my knowledge of a historical period to interpret the evidence and present an informed view. SOC 3-01a

I can evaluate conflicting sources of evidence to sustain a line of argument. SOC 4-01a

Terms and Conditions

Terms of booking

  • Scottish State schools should raise a Purchase Order through their Local Authority procurement system for the maximum cost of charged sessions.
  • Purchase Order numbers should be notified to at least 7 days in advance of the visit.
  • For sessions charged per pupil, schools will be charged for the number of pupils booked, unless 10 days advance notice of change in numbers is notified to

Cancellation Policy

  • National Museums Scotland reserve the right to charge a fee for short notice cancellations or no-shows.
  • Bookings cancelled less than 3 weeks prior to the visit may incur an administration fee of 50% of the value of chargeable events.
  • Bookings cancelled less than 2 weeks prior to the visit may incur an administration fee of 100% of the value of chargeable events.
  • No-show or last-minute cancellations of free workshops or staff-led sessions may incur a £50.00 administration fee
  • In certain circumstances, such as adverse weather conditions, National Museums Scotland may waive the administration fee
  • Cancellations should be notified in writing to
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