River Tees Rediscovered has worked with Robin Daniels from Tees Archaeology, Cath Watkins from Stockton Council’s library service and Sophie Lunt from Preston Hall Museum to create a schools loan box which brings to life the prehistory of the Tees Valley and specifically the local sites that have been discovered around Ingleby Barwick.

The boxes contain information about the prehistoric communities that made their home along the Tees together with a number of prehistoric themed fact and story books supplied by Stockton Council and replica artefacts that bring this fascinating period of history to life for children. The artefacts include arrowheads, beakers, animal skins, shell beads and Whitby Jet, all materials and items used extensively by the earliest communities in the area.

So far, 2 local schools have used the boxes and one teacher said, “The resources have been great, especially the things we have been able to handle, pots, stones, flint, arrowheads etc.” Another teacher commented that the local history connection was a great idea.

The box is available to borrow from Ingleby Barwick Library; please contact Branch Manager Cath Watkins on 01642 528610 or email cath.watkins@stockton.gov.uk for more information.