Order a Parliament Loan Box

Order a Parliament Loan Box
Parliament’s loan boxes are a free resource for schools. Develop classroom debates, introduce the concept of law making and support pupils’ understanding of the democratic process through active learning.


Inspire debate, deepen understanding and create memorable learning experiences by introducing your pupils to the work of Parliament using the Parliament loan box. Each loan box contains a range of parliamentary objects and backdrops to enable you to recreate the House of Commons and the House of Lords in your classroom.

A free teachers’ resource book and poster, sent prior to your loan period, provides you with background information, activity ideas, lesson plans and step by step guides to enable your pupils to gain a real insight into the work of Parliament.

Loan box contents

  • Cloth Backdrop of the House of Lords and the House of Commons
  • The Speaker of the House of Commons' official black robe
  • Clerk's wig 
  • A Bill
  • Despatch Box
  • Mace 
  • Division bell
  • Teacher's Resource Booklet - sent out prior to your loan period

A visual version of the contents is available to download below.

How to book

The loan periods currently still available are listed below. Please fill in the application form to apply.

  • 13 June - 11 July 2018

 For all other enquiries, please contact educationoutreach@parliament.uk .

The loan box is free of charge. All delivery and collection details will be arranged by Parliament’s Education Service.



Debate Activity

Debate Activity

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What's in the Parliament loan box?

What's in the Parliament loan box?

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