Topic Boxes

About Our Topic Boxes

We have combined our School Library Topic Boxes and Museums Loans Service and have now launched our new and exciting hybrid offer.

Each box contains 20 books and up to 6 museum artefacts. The boxes also contain resources and activity ideas to enable you to get the most out the box in the classroom.  Full guidance is given on the handling of the museum artefacts. Delivery and collection from your school is included. 


  • Animals and Habitats
  • Forces and Magnets
  • Light and Electricity
  • Materials
  • Mini-Beasts
  • Plants
  • Rocks and Fossils
  • The Body


  • Anglo-Saxons
  • Ancient Egyptians
  • Ancient Greeks
  • Castles
  • Dinosaurs
  • Romans
  • Stone Age
  • Toys
  • Tudors
  • Victorians
  • World War One
  • World War Two
  • Victorians
  • Vikings


  • Africa
  • Buildings and Landmarks
  • My Local Area (Doncaster)
  • The Seaside


  • Celebrations


Individual Price: £60 +VAT

Doncaster Local Authority schools are all Gold Members

Gold Members: 8 boxes included in package

Silver Members: 6 boxes included in package

Bronze: 6 boxes included in package


Topic boxes are for a half term.

Delivery and Collection

We drop off museum loans at schools and collect them again to save you the hassle.  Delivery dates will be confirmed upon booking.

Please see the table for deadline dates for ordering your topic boxes.

Half TermDeadline for Ordering
Summer 1 2024Thursday 28th March 2024
Summer 2 2024Friday 24th May 2024
Autumn 1 2024Friday 23rd August 2024
Autumn 2 2024Friday 25th October 2024
Spring 1 2024Friday 20th December 2024
Spring 2 2025Friday 14th February 2025
Summer 1 2025Friday 29th March 2025
Summer 2 2025Friday 23rd May 2025


You will be invoiced for your topic box after delivery. All payments are made via Buy Doncaster. Your workshop will be added to your basket upon booking.

Can’t find the topic you are looking for?

In addition to the above, the below topics are available as a mixed box of books. Each box contains 25 books suitable for your pupils key stage (EYFS, KS1 or KS2). These boxes are included in membership box allowances, none members will still be charged £60+VAT per box


  • Moving and Growing
  • Seasons
  • Solids, Liquids and Gases


  • America
  • Australia
  • Europe
  • Rivers and Oceans
  • The Water Cycle
  • Weather and Climate
  • Volcanoes and Earthquakes


  • All About Me
  • Celebrating Difference
  • Relationships

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
  • All loss and damage will be charged to the school. Please do not try to fix the items yourselves.
  • Objects and paintings should not be displayed in direct sunlight or next to a room heater
  • 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 the topic box collection
  • Items in your care must not be placed on loan to a secondary institution
  • Please ensure that all units are in a central area on the collection date

For further information, please email us.