We are now over 8 weeks into the UK lockdown. People have turned to the digital world to connect with family and friends and organisations have been working on different digital resources which allow people digital access to temporarily closed physical places.
Here is a rundown of various resources you can use to still get your culture fix or expand your knowledge all from the comfort of your own home.
The British Museum
Fully interactive with fun graphics and audio to accompany your exploration. The virtual map is very easy to drop in and out of as you please, meaning you could look up a new object each day if you wanted!
I narrowed it down to the ‘Art and Design’ category and scrolled to explore the map. You can click on an object you want more information and there is additional text and media about the item.
Who would enjoy this resource?
Families with children – the information is concise yet informative and the exploration experience is very user friendly, perfect for little history hunters
Adults looking to experience some world culture
Access the vitual British Museum here
MoMa Online Courses
The Museum of Modern Art is currently offering free courses. You can sign up and access the course content for free (there is the option to pay and receive a certificate at the end of the course if you wish). I enrolled for the ‘Fashion as Design’ course as I have an interest in fashion theory, alongside my passion for art.
The perfect opportunity to learn something new and expand your knowledge. There are many different topics you can choose and they will provide you with an in depth understanding of your chosen topic in an engaging multimedia way.
Who would benefit from this resource?
Students – boost your theoretical knowledge from a reputable arts institution
People who are willing to commit time to understand their chosen topic and truly expand their knowledge
Click here to access the MoMA online courses available
BBC Culture in Quarantine
A plethora of resources there truly is something for everybody! I took particular interest in the section entitled ‘Get Creative at Home Masterclasses’ which provides accessible opportunities for people to connect with your creative side. My fine art friends may enjoy this section especially; it could help you to break out of any creative block and teach you an new technique which you may even be able to apply to your own practise.
Who would be interested in this resource?
Everyone! – there are so many resources to get stuck in to. Stuff to try with the children. Access to Shakespeare performances. Masterclasses to get your creative juices flowing.
Click here to access all these great resources from the BBC
I hope you enjoy utilising the resources above. It’s an unusual time at the moment but its brilliant that many organisations have made their collections and resources public so that people can continue to experience culture from home.
If you have found any resources you wish to share please post them in the comments below or drop me a message so I can share it to everyone on social media. Many thanks for reading!