Memories in Your Hands – Reminiscence/ Loan Boxes



Please note our Loan Box service is currently unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions however, we are happy to share photographs for reminiscence or educational purposes. Please contact our Education Department for further information.


The National Mining Museum Scotland has a range of different loan boxes available for community groups, care homes and schools/educational groups to borrow for free.

The Memories in Your Hands loan boxes were all developed to support reminiscence work in day and residential care settings throughout Scotland. Many care professionals were consulted during the development of the resources and since 2011 we have received great feedback from all our users.

Why not take a memory trip down memory lane or find out more about living and working conditions from years gone by? All our loan boxes contain original objects, photographs, clothing and other memorabilia to share, stimulate discussion and engage groups with Scotland’s vast mining heritage.

All our resources are free for groups to borrow.

Memories in Your Hands

These boxes have been specifically designed for reminiscence purposes. All boxes come with a trolley, a plaid rug for displaying purposes and a handling cushion to help users hold and touch objects comfortably and safely. This project was funded by the Museums Association’ Effective Collections grant scheme.

Home Sweet Home




Time Out – Leisure

The Bevin Boys and WW11

Loan boxes

In addition to the Memories In Your Hands boxes, the below are suitable for schools, youth and community groups:

General Mining


Industrial Archaeology (created in association with Archaeology Scotland)

Display Case

The Wee Hutch

This mobile museum case is shaped like a coal hutch. It can be borrowed to make a special display.


Please contact our Education Manager to check availability and book a loan box.


Further Information for New Users


One of our reminiscence boxes, Time Out.

One of our reminiscence boxes, Time Out.


Memories In Your Hands was funded by the Museums Associate Effective Collections Grant Scheme. Images of domestic products are used by kind permission of North Lanarkshire Council Museums Service. Images of domestic interiors were taken in the miners’ rows at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life and are used by kind permission of NLC Museums Service.

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