Online resources

Americana

Americana UK ▷
 
 
News, views and videos
 
 
Folk Alley ▷
 
 
Folk music around the clock. Singer/songwriter, Celtic, acoustic and Americana.

Architecture

RIBApix ▷
 
 
An image library of over 100,000 photographs and drawings from the collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects, available to view, buy and download. Includes style guides and other structured text to guide you through the collection.

Art Appreciation

Art UK ▷
 
 
Showcases art in every UK public collection and is a collaboration between over 3,200 British institutions.

 
 
Google Arts & Culture ▷
 
 
” … features content from over 1200 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world’s treasures online.”
 
 
ICA Daily ▷
 
 
” … every morning at 10am GMT some links you might find useful, inspiring, informative or that simply cheer you up while self-isolating, social-distancing, working from home or working to keep essential services going.”
 
 
National Gallery online ▷
 
 
National Portrait Gallery online ▷

Birdwatching

Wildlife Trusts ▷
 
 
“Ospreys, puffins, peregrines, owls…and more! Watch wildlife on webcams provided by Wildlife Trusts across the British Isles. Webcams allow an unrivaled view of intriguing behaviours: from courtship, nesting, and hatching to a peep into the first few weeks of a chick’s life. Be warned – it’s addictive viewing!”

Courses

FutureLearn ▷
 
 
“Explore online courses to continue studying, build professional skills, and connect with experts.”

Ebooks (Free)

Audio Books ▷
 
 
“Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer.”
 
 
Internet Archive ▷
 
 
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
 
 
Project Gutenberg ▷
 
 
A library of over 57,000 public domain texts proof-read by volunteers.

Exhibitions & Galleries

The Exhibitions & Galleries Group is currently operating by means of exchanging chat and ideas for online and TV culture via a weekly news sheet. New members are welcome.

Digital Art in Times of Virus ▷
 
 
Paintings on the theme from the National Galleries of Scotland
 
 
New York Public Library ▷
 
 
Features an extensive series of online exhibitions, including those devoted to Before Victoria: Extraordinary Women of the British Romantic Era, Best of Times : the Theatre of Charles Dickens, English caricaturist James Gilray (1756-1815), The Newtonian Moment : Science and the Making of Modern Culture, and Star Quality : the World of Noel Coward
 
 
Royal Academy ▷
 
 
“While the RA doors are temporarily closed, you can still experience our exhibition on Belgian artist Léon Spilliaert in this video tour of the galleries.”
 
 
Yousef Jamell Centre for Islamic and Asian Art ▷
 
 
Explore a selection of current and part Eastern Art exhibitions from the Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art at the Ashmolean Museum

 
Other museums and galleries offering online exhibitions:
 
 
Bletchley Park ▷
 
British Library ▷
 
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
 
King’s College London ▷
 
Museum of English Rural Life ▷
 
National Archives ▷
 
Royal Airforce Museum ▷
 
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust ▷
 
Southwark Cathedral ▷
 
Victoria & Albert Museum ▷
 
Wiener Holocaust Library ▷

Film

1150 free movies from Open Culture ▷
 
 
“Includes classics, indies, film noir, documentaries and other films, created by some of our greatest actors, actresses and directors.”
 
 
BFI Player ▷
 
 
Explore free archive films, rent latest releases, take out a subscription for classic and cult films from across the decades
 
 
Phoenix Cinema ▷
 
 
“The cinema may be closed for now, but great films continue. As a loyal audience member of the Phoenix, you can now enjoy three months of MUBI – entirely free.”
 
 
YouTube ▷
 
 
Classic films from the public domain and more

Jazz

Jazz Online ▷
 
 
“Put a little jazz in your life”, with playlists and podcasts.

Lectures

Gresham College ▷
 
 
An extensive range of academic lectures on all manner of subjects
 
 
TED Talks ▷
 
 
“3300+ talks to stir your curiosity”.

Music (Classical)

Digital Concert Hall ▷
 
 
 
“Invite the Berliner Philharmoniker into your living room! On your TV, computer, tablet or smartphone. Enjoy great video streamed concerts in high definition and with excellent sound. Each season, around 40 concerts are broadcasted live and they can also be viewed at a later date in the concert archive. The archive already contains hundreds of recordings with all the great artists of classical music. There are also fascinating documentaries and bonus films.”
 
 
London Symphony Orchestra ▷
 
 
Each Sunday and Thursday the LSO stream a concert from their archive on their YouTube channel, with digital programme notes.
 
 
Quarantine soirées ▷
 
 
The Guardian‘s guide to classical music and opera to stream at home

Opera

OperaStreaming ▷
 
 
Opera streaming from the opera houses of Emilia-Romagna
 
 
OperaVision ▷
 
 
Opera streaming site from European opera houses
 
 
Royal Opera House ▷
 
 
” … a schedule of free broadcasts and live content that audiences can access for free anywhere, anytime across the globe, bringing both ballet and opera to every home and every device”
 
 

Photography and photographers

Home-based photography projects ▷
 
 

Royal Photographic Society ▷
 
 
Explore the freely available and fully searchable digital archive of the RPS Journal from 1853 to 2016, “providing an unrivalled wealth of photographic history at your fingertips.”

Theatre

Digital Theatre ▷
 
 
Subscription/rental service providing access to “the world’s finest theatre productions”.
 
 
Hampstead Theatre ▷
 
 
Hampstead Theatre and The Guardian are re-releasing the live stream recordings of Mike Bartlett’s Wild, Beth Steel’s Wonderland and Howard Brenton’s Drawing the Line from 30 March to 19 April.
 
 
National Theatre at Home ▷
 
 
“… every Thursday at 7pm UK time for some of the best British theatre, free to stream for a week. Starting from 2 April with the online premiere of One Man Two Guvnors

Curated from suggestions from Roslyn Byfield, Beatrice Murray, Julian Osley, and members of the Exhibitions & Galleries and Outings Groups/