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2021 Bloomsbury Festival
Available from 15th Oct. 2021
Bloomsbury Festival is an annual celebration of the area’s pioneering creativity, presenting an inspiring programme of arts, science, literature, performance, discussion and reflection.
Jina and the STEM Sisters
Jina and the STEM Sisters, is a new musical show, telling the story of key STEM women who empower lost child and would-be-scientist Jina, with the gifts of curiosity, courage, creativity, persistence and open-mindedness; key scientific attributes, through sharing their own life-experiences. The gifts help Jina find her way through the forest and become the best scientist she can be and their scientific techniques are showcased through various multi-media and puppetry techniques. Using puppetry, music and theatre this magical production entertains and inspires all ages from 8+.
Zoom in on The Fonteyn
Zoom in on The Fonteyn is an insightful series of online interviews and reflections held over Zoom, relating to The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition. Over the 9-week series, we will hear from international dance professionals like Dame Darcey Bussell DBE, Sir Anthony Dowell, Stella Abrera, Marianela Nunez, Dame Monica Mason DBE, Mlindi Kulashe, and many more. They will discuss what they value in dance, preparing for your own performances, Margot Fonteyn, the person and the performer, dancing Frederick Ashton’s choreography and their own competition experiences.
In The Testing Tank. Part 1 - Deep Dive
A 3D sound trip into research, faith, doubt & nautical engineering. For home listening on stereo headphones. Please join us.
Jewellery Quarter People's Archive
The Jewellery Quarter People’s Archive explores the past and present experiences of those who have worked, and still work, in this historic area of Birmingham. A selection of oral history interviews and photographic portraits give a unique insight into this extraordinary area.
Daventry Museum Battle of Naseby Virtual Museum Tour
To commemorate 375 years since the Battle of Naseby, Daventry Museum and The Naseby Battlefield project have collaborated to put together an exhibition of archeaology, armour, relics, paintings contemporary and modern and also replica costume.
On the Record at The National Archives
On the Record is a podcast by The National Archives of the UK that takes a closer look at the stories you think you know. At The National Archives, we are the guardians of more than 11 million historical government and public records spanning a thousand years of British history. These original documents hold thousands of incredible stories...if you know where to look.
Virtual Tour of Churchill War Rooms
A virtual tour of Churchill War Rooms, the secret underground headquarters where Winston Churchill and his team directed the course of the Second World War, is also being made available. Visitors can enjoy unique behind-the-glass access to the Cabinet Room where Churchill and his key ministers would meet to make important decisions about the course of the war, and explore the labyrinth of rooms and corridors that stretched below Westminster to keep the war cabinet safe from German bombing.
China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, was so obsessed with finding a way to live forever that he ended up accidentally killing himself.— Doncaster Council (@MyDoncaster) April 14, 2020
It’s time for another surprisingly relevant history lesson from Doncaster Council ⬇️#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/tHOHekAaCG
China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang
Alice May Williams, Dream City – More, Better, Sooner (2016)
A meditation on the changing face of London’s landmark Battersea Power Station – smokestack energy colossus of yesteryear now rapidly transforming into an upscale lifestyle playground of tomorrow. Combining archive footage of the building in its industrial heyday with computer-generated projections of the form it will soon inhabit (or what, if things had been different, it might otherwise have become), Williams’ film concentrates our attention just as firmly on the present moment – on the rumble of construction and the grumbles of disruption that currently characterise the site.
Book Club: Peace Talks by Tim Finch
We are delighted to be hosting a virtual book club with Dr Russell Rook talking to acclaimed author Tim Finch about his second novel 'Peace Talks'. It tells the story of Edvard Behrens, a senior diplomat highly regarded for his work on international peace negotiations. Honest, honourable, tragic, witty, wise, it's an unforgettable novel of love, loss, and the human longing for peace. It maps the darkest and most tender territories of the human heart. Tim Finch is a leading campaigner and writer on refugee and migrant issues. He formerly worked as a director for the Refugee Council and has founded two charities, including Sponsor Refugees. As well as working as a senior political journalist at the BBC, he has broadcast frequently on Channel 4, Al Jazeera and CNN.
Strip! How Football Got Shirty
A major exhibition of football shirts has made its full debut online. Strip! How Football Got Shirty, opened at the National Football Museum in November and has been a huge hit with visitors. With the museum closed during the coronavirus crisis, curators have now transferred highlights from the physical exhibition to the internet. Visitors can enjoy in-depth analysis, opinion, and discussion by the exhibition curators and shirt industry insiders into what makes certain shirts so special.
Design a wig
In the late 18th century, women’s hair styles went crazy! Create and share your own hair-raising design.
The Early Years of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
One of an on-going series of short online talks by University of Dundee museum curator Matthew Jarron
Tiny Challenges Activities for Under 5s
Stuck for ideas to keep your kids entertained at home? Have a go at some of these fun activities based on the collections at East Riding museums.
Close Look Collections
Zoom in and get up close with a digital exhibit a day from the Royal Pavilion & Museums in Brighton & Hove.
This podcast gets to the very heart of the things that make museum people tick, by asking the questions you actually want to know: Can you archive an orange? How do you stuff a caterpillar? What’s the greatest city in the world? (Spoiler alert: it’s Leeds).
Raphael and the Art of Emotion
Learn more about Italian Renaissance artist Raphael and his unparalleled ability to translate human emotion to paper in this piece by Research Assistant, Angelamaria Aceto
Hi, everyone!— Reading Museum (@readingmuseum) April 6, 2020
This week we have a challenge for you. All it requires is a pen and paper, your imagination, the things you treasure in your home, a little mindfulness, and you!
From #MuseumFromHome to #MuseumOfHome🏠: join us on a journey to making your very own museum. pic.twitter.com/rkxproN3c8
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been asking you on Twitter and Instagram what you’ve always wanted to know about the Hall but never had the time to ask. A significant amount of questions we received were about ghosts, and whether or not there was something strange i̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶n̶e̶i̶g̶h̶b̶o̶r̶h̶o̶o̶d̶ at the Royal Albert Hall. So we enlisted Liz, our Archive manager, and Phil from tours to dig deep into our 150-year history to find untold stories to share with you.
Britain on Film
1,000s of films, preserved. 120 years of British life, many unseen for decades. See films about the places that mean something to you.
Prints and Drawings
A selection from the extensive collection of Western graphic art in Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. The images on this page give a broad sense of the span of the British Museum's collection from the 1400s until today.
Masterpieces: The Broken Ear
This statuette became world-famous thanks to Hergé, who incorporated it in his eponymous Tintin comic The Broken Ear.
Armillary sphere (consisting of several rings or armillae in Latin) is a model of objects in the sky on the celestial sphere. These representations of the universe were a popular fixture in cabinets of curiosities and were used to demonstrate the motion of the stars around the earth.
This high-quality tunic is typical of the productions from the south of Peru during the Inca period.
Masterpieces: Mysterious Sphinx
‘Mysterious sphinx’ is the best-known work of the Belgian sculptor Charles Van der Stappen and an icon of Symbolism and Art Nouveau. Van der Stappen created this work for the Hall of Honour at the Colonial Exhibition in Tervuren in 1897.
Masterpieces: Death Mask
The first masks covering a mummy’s head and shoulders date from the Middle Kingdom. They were probably used as a substitute of the dead person’s head, representing the senses that were vital for one’s existence in the afterlife.
Masterpieces: Drinking Horn
In the Early Middle Ages, the dead were often buried with grave goods. This drinking horn was possibly found in a burial ground in Anderlecht, during excavations. The former owner found it in the attic of his grandfather, who was a notary in Brussels. The museum acquired the item in 2010.