Since the nation went into lockdown, people have rallied round to support one another with a range of initiatives and activities to keep each other in contact and supported whilst ‘at home’.There are a number of excellent resources available to help stimulate the mind and soul, supporting people’s general wellbeing.
Below please find a list of recommendations we hope you will find helpful – hopefully there is something for everyone!
Coronavirus Support Group UK: have compiled a comprehensive list of some 30 excellent online resources for children and parents, ranging from museum tours to science to coding.
Chatterpack: a list of free online boredom-busting resources for everyone including those with additional needs/disabilities
The Royal Opera House: a free programme of curated online broadcasts, musical masterclasses and cultural insights that get under the skin of both ballet and opera and offer everyone a unique look behind the scenes at one of the world’s most famous cultural institutions
The Berlin Philharmonic: Digital Concert Hall. High quality footage of classical performances, now available without subscription
The Google Art Project: to help its users discover and view important artworks online in high resolution and detail, Google partnered with more than 1200 cultural institutions from around the world to archive and document priceless pieces of art and to provide virtual tours of museums using Google Street View technology. The Google Art Project features fine art from the White House, the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, and even São Paulo street art from Brazil.
Compton Verney: Lucas Cranach digital tour. This important exhibition of the darkly beautiful German artist Cranach opened just days before lockdown. But you can now take a tour on Compton Verney’s website.
Kettle’s Yard webcam: This art-full house in Cambridge is one of Britain’s most peaceful and meditative collections. A webcam lets you share its slow pace while it is closed.
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford: The vast collections of Britain’s oldest museum can be sampled online, from Egyptian wonders to Piero di Cosimo’s painting The Forest Fire.
Big History Project: Journey through nearly 14 billion years of history in this self-guided, six-hour version of Big History. You’ll find every chapter full of great activities to keep you entertained and test your learning.