Arts, Libraries, Museums

The Imperial War Museum has produced online materials to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day

The Arts Society is running a series of fortnightly lectures called Lectures at Home given by Arts Society Accredited Lecturers. Already available on the website is an insight into Las Meninas by Velazquez from lecturer Dr. Jacqueline Cockburn – filmed at home.

Tate Gallery – Explore the national collection of British art from 1500 to today, and international modern and contemporary art. 78,000 artworks, 4,000 artists, 22,000 archive items.

The British Museum – there is a link from this page to their Collection Online which allows visitors to search over four million object records online. Or take a look at their collection highlights, visit their Galleries where you can find out more about the collection in each gallery, or take a virtual tour of Prints and Drawings.

Bodleian Library is the main research library of the University of Oxford, one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and the second-largest library in Britain. Its digitized collections are open to users from around the world for learning, teaching, personal enjoyment and research. There are more than 650,000 freely available digital objects on offer, including children’s games of the 18th and 19th Century, Corbett’s Parliamentary History, John Gould’s ornithological works, political cartoons and campaign posters, woodcut prints, ancient manuscripts, and much more.

Museums and Galleries around the world can be visited online. These include the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, the Vatican Museum, the Museo Archeologico in Athens, the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Louvre in Paris,  The Hermitage in St Petersburg, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

Europeana is an incredibly rich resource, drawing from thousands of European archives, libraries and museums to share cultural heritage for enjoyment, education and research. Europeana’s Collections provide access to over 50 million digitised items – books, music, artworks and more – with sophisticated search and filter tools to help you find what you’re looking for. Explore thematic collections on art, fashion, music, photography and World War I.

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum – you can take a 360 degree virtual tour through their Founders Collection and Modern Collection galleries

Google Arts and Culture – If you have never investigated this website you are in for a treat! There is so much of interest – too much to list – but here are a handful of items on the site:
Explore 500 Museums and Art Galleries all around the world
Explore the National Gallery Collections
Look at the paintings of any major artist, searching by name or timeline
Take a Virtual Tour of Tokyo National Museum
Take a Virtual Tour of The Art Institute of Chicago
Explore Italian Cultural Sites
Explore the Palace of Versailles
Visit this Showcase of Japanese Crafts and Traditions

Learn about Historical Figures searching by name or time period
Learn about Historic Events searching by name or time period