About Us

The Marlborough Brandt Group MBG was set up in 1981 by a committed group of people living in and around Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK, who responded to the publication of the Brandt Report ‘North ...

Become a Friend

Support us now as a friend Joining MBG as a friend couldn't be easier. Use the drop down to select which level of payment you would like to make, then click on the 'Become a Friend' button, which ...

Experience the REAL Gambia

WGEC runs an annual teachers' study visits to Gunjur, The Gambia and literally hundreds of teachers from Wiltshire and beyond have benefitted personally and professionally from the experience of ...


Vision: To support TARUD to alleviate poverty and hardship faced by the community of Gunjur In 1990 MBG started several development projects in Gunjur and the surrounding area based around health ...

Setting up School Links

Linking schools in Wiltshire (and beyond) with schools in the Gambia is at the heart of what we do at WGEC. For any school that has been involved at any level with school linking, whether with a ...

Small Business Development

In common with many international development agencies the focus of MBG and TARUD's work in Gunjur has focussed on women's development. We have been involved in a women's literacy and numeracy ...

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Resources to hire

We have an interesting range of artefacts and resources that are available to hire to support your global teaching.

Topic Boxes

Innovative teaching aids for primary and secondary schools.

  • Primary Food
  • Primary Rights
  • Secondary Rights
  • £50 per term/£25 WGEC Member Schools

Each topic box contains books, worksheets, powerpoints, photographs, card sets, activities that we've written, borrowed, adapted from a range of sources. Resources can be photocopied and each box contains a guide on how to use.

These will be hired on a termly basis (5-7 weeks) and are proving very popular so if you are interested then please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gambian Box for hire

woman-cooking-in-traditional-gambian-kitchenOver the years we have built up a wonderful collection of traditional Gambian artefacts that are available for hire. Practical learning which children love!

We provide you with a selection of artefacts and action sheets on how they are used in their traditional setting; gambian clothes for primary children to dress up in, books, coins, jewellery etc – if you want more of a specific item, for example, djembe drums we can tailor a package to suit your needs.

A typical selection would include:

  • Hoes for tilling the earth before planting, used mainly by women in their communal gardens
  • Plastic Bowls come in two sizes and mainly used in the compound for bathing and washing clothes
  • Large Pestle and mortar used for pounding rice, millet and other grain
  • Fans made from local grasses and used to fan fires to them started in readiness for cooking
  • Iron a heavy hollow object which is filled with hot charcoal from the wood fire and used to iron clothes placed flat on the ground
  • Large drum or jembe made from bush mango wood,the skin can made from be cow, sheep or goat but goatskin produces the best sound
  • Talking drum small hour glass shaped drum with an outer casing of strings, held under arm and played with a wooden stick or hands
  • Winnowing Basket for winnowing rice and millet, the grain is placed in the basket and shaken to separate out the chaff or husks
  • gambian-man-making-attayaKora these harp lutes vary insize, the largest has 21 strings
  • Attaya stove, teapot and glasses the stove is fueled with charcoal and used for making attaya, a strong green chinese tea, brewed mainly by men several times a day as a social activity
  • Cooking pot, lid and spoon traditional thick metal pot sometimes made with short legs and designed to use over a fire, a metal slotted spoon is used for stirring and serving rice and fish stew
  • Medium pestle and mortar used for pounding spices such as black peppers and chillies with onions and tomatoes to make a paste for cooking
  • Enamel bowls and lids used for serving up food, the larger bowls are used for communal eating which is the usual practice in most compounds
  • Brush made from palm fronds and used for sweeping
  • Balafon or marimba a type of xylophone found in parts of Africa
  • Plastic Kettle used for washing hands before and after eating and for performing 'wudu' the ritual washing of the hands, mouth, nose, face, ears, and feet before prayer


  • drumming-workshop£45 per fortnight
  • £90 per term (5-7 weeks)
  • Half price hire for WGEC members

To book a Gambia box for your school please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..