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Starboxes is the specialist school supplier of inexpensive, exciting & unusual history, art, religious & cultural artefacts. Our unbeatable history collection starts at the Stone Age and goes right through to the 20th Century. We offer an unrivalled range of multicultural artefacts including masks, textiles, musical instruments, pottery, carvings, utensils, clothes, items made from recycled products etc. etc. On top of this we have the best selection of natural forms available to art depts in the country. We may be a small company tucked away in North Yorkshire, but we have built up a nationwide reputation for good service, great value & carry such a diverse range of stock which cannot be matched. Don't take our word for it, read your colleagues' comments here.
You can purchase our products in a variety of ways:
Approval Boxes  
We operate a unique nationwide approval box service. We deliver to your school boxes of affordable artefacts for you to look at & to choose from. The service is free – there is no charge for delivery or collection. We invoice you only for any items that you choose to keep. You are under no obligation to buy & there is no minimum order. You can take as many or as few items as you wish from each box. This is a very popular & easy way to purchase our products.(Approval box comments.)
Starboxes, Value & Explorer Boxes  
For those on a specific budget, we have produced Value Boxes (£110) containing a good selection of the more popular artefacts for each subject. In some categories we offer Explorer Boxes (£220) which have a larger selection. Both boxes offer great value for money & are ideal for teachers where time is at a premium
. For unbeatable value, our new Starboxes are unique collections and well worth looking at.


Internet Sales - Individual Items  
You don't have to order boxes and can order individual items from the website if you prefer. There is no minimum order, we charge carriage for orders less than £100 which will never be more than £5. Not only do we supply schools with our great products - we also sell to private individuals, retailers, museum shops, interior designers and film, tv & theatre companies. We welcome all enquiries, large or small, - we're happy to hear from you. .
Sales Van   
Our sales van travels throughout the country serving the whole of mainland UK - so no matter where you are based - we can visit you. We carry a wide range of stock in the van, so whatever your requirements are, you will not be disappointed when we call in. Let us know what topics you are interested in we will load the van to suit. We will invoice school for any purchases and can take card, cheque, cash payments for any personal purchases. The Starbeck van is a great way to see our products! See what your colleagues say about it here: 
(Van feedback)
You are most welcome to visit our warehouse in Ripon, we are very easy to find. We're on the edge of town & just a few minutes from the motorway. We are sometimes open on a weekend, and post this on our website and Twitter etc. If you are planning to call in through the week, please contact us first to make an appointment as very occasionally we are all out at an exhibition, sale event or course etc.
Export Orders
We are experienced exporters and have sent our products to many schools throughout the world. We welcome any enquiries and will get back to you with the best shipping price.
Our FREE approval box service is available to schools in IRELAND, FRANCE, LUXEMBOURG, BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS, GERMANY & DENMARK!
(European Enquiries)
Many of Starbeck's incredible items are available to hire. We have a wide range of topic boxes with rental periods totally flexible to suit you. There is no minimum or maximum hire period. If the hire period crosses holiday time, the holiday dates do not count in the hire period. We will deliver the artefacts before your hire period dates start and usually collect after or at a time that is convenient for you. All you have to do is send us details of the topic(s) that you're interested in and the dates and we'll send you details of the collection(s) we currently have available and a quote. There are no joining fees - each hire agreement is bespoke for you.
New products recently added to our catalogue:
Thanks for visiting our web site. Over the years, I know we are now, without doubt, the only company in the UK offering such a huge & diverse range of history, religious and art-based artefacts specifically for use in the classroom. We are particularly excited about our range of history artefacts which we are adding to week by week. We can provide you with genuine affordable artefacts which are often special, sometimes amazing, sometimes unique, but most importantly will stimulate your students & impact your classroom. So far, over 8,000 schools have used our service, so hopefully, we're doing something right! Welcome to Starbeck Educational Resources. Have fun!

Ancient Egypt    
Ancient Greece

Bric a Brac    
British History -Topics
British History - Misc       
Crime & Punishment    NEW!
Great Fire & Plague of London  
Industrial Revolution
Iron & Bronze Age
Knights & Castles       

Literacy in History    
Saxons / Normans   
Stone Age
Sumerian / Indus Valley
Toys Through the Ages   
Travel / Transport
World War 1     
World War 2
Aboriginal Art
Animal Kits
Art Depts
Bric a Brac       
Carved Birds

Fossils / Dinosaurs

Natural:   Flowers   Fruit 
    Large Individual Items
  Packs of Seedpods     Natural Value Box   Pine Cones      
Tribal Art     
Sea:   Barnacles   Crustacea
     Large Specimens   Medium Specimens  
     Misc   Small Specimens   Starfish   Urchins
Skulls & Skeletons    
  Benin     Figures 
    Masks   Misc   Music    
    Slavery   Recycled   Textiles 
Asia:   Masks
  Misc   Music   Recycled     Textiles     
India:   Misc   Textiles   




North America
Papua New Guinea & Oceanic

South America:   Music   Misc
World Cultures

World Flags 
African Textiles

Display Drapes   
Indian Textiles
World Textiles
African Music
Asian Music

Indian Music
South American Music
Beano Products

Early Years

New Build & Refurbishments         School Library Services         Museum Shops

"Absolutely amazing! We ordered the Victorian approval box. Super, speedy delivery! Quick & easy to order & return. Friendly & helpful staff. Fabulous artefacts! Will definitely use again."
Danielle Reekie, Bandon Hill Primary School, Carshalton   
"Wow! This service is excellent. Very quick delivery & fantastic communication. Lovely artefacts & will definately be ordering more when our new budget arrives."
Kerri Vanstone, St Phillip's Catholic Primary School, Smethwick      
"Had great fun today when the sales van full of superb artefacts & much more, visited our school. This came just at the right time as we are reviewing the curriculum in line with the new requirements, whilst still making sure our children have memorable learning. We will definitely ask you to come back - big thank you!"
Carol Child, Carlton Colville Primary School, Lowestoft 
"A fantastic experience! A real treasure trove. I wish I knew about this a long time ago. In one visit - it has revamped our resources. Can't wait til your next visit!"
Charmaine Francis, Presdale's Schol, Ware 
"An incredible amount of stimulating educational resources that will transform our school. Very reasonably priced."
Karen Dunne, Pitsea Junior School, Basildon 

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