Useful links for Theme At Home

Category Subject Link Comment
Art and CraftingCraft Council Variety of craft ideas Go onto their website for loads of ideas for things to do, and resources for free or to buy.
 Isolation Art Challenge Daily art challange Facebook group. A 14-day sketching/drawing/painting challenge for people who are self-isolating due to Coronavirus. Make a piece of art each day for 14 days based on the themes we provide and share them here! Start the 14 days any time.
 UK Hand knitting association Hand knitting ideas Patterns and wool supplies – free patterns to knit for charity, or wool and patterns to purchase.
 Watercolour Teacher Learn how to paint in watercolour Learn how to use watercolours by following an online lesson library. Free lesson to start.
Arts and CultureArt in your Inbox News about the arts, plus links to follow Art Fund – sign up for the newsletter, and information about ‘virtual’ tours of art galleries and museums.
 British Library The British Library digital collection. An extensive collection of maps, manuscripts, archives and documents all available as part of the digital collection.
 Google arts and culture Link to museaums around the world Features content from over 2000 leading museums and archives.
 Museum and art gallery ‘virtual’ tours. 10 best virtual museum tours Art lovers can view thousands of paintings, sculptures, installations and new work online – many in minute detail – as well as explore the museums themselves. There are various platforms: from interactive, 360-degree videos and full “walk-around” tours with voiceover descriptions to slideshows with zoomable photos of the world’s greatest artworks. And many allow viewers to get closer to
 Royal Collection Trust Clocks in the Royal Collection George II's interest in horology is wonderfully reflected in the clocks he commissioned, collected and sometimes even designed during his reign from 1760 - 1801. His collection showcases not only technical innovation but also exquisite workmanship and design. Watch this film to learn more.
   George IV: Art and Spectacle Discover the magnificent monarch’s unrivalled collection of art, featuring Dutch and Flemish masterpieces, magnificent portraits by Sir Thomas Lawrence and Sir Joshua Reynolds, intricate goldsmiths' work and elegant books and drawings.
   Queen Victoria's Palace Watch our series of short films to learn how the young Queen Victoria transformed Buckingham Palace into a working royal residence and a family home for their nine children. Step back in time 200 years to see Buckingham Palace as Victoria and Albert would have known it, with the rooms recreated through special effects.
 Serpentine Gallery Online Gallery resources Special programme of free, online resources including films and animations introduced by the artist, including ‘Do It’ with instructions posted online to make pieces at home.
 Smithsonian Museum Museum in Washington DC Online exploration of exhibits
 Steam Museum Steam Museum Virtual Tour The STEAM Museum is now offering a free, 360-degree virtual tour of its museum. Watch original film footage and take part in interactive games and quizzes as you make your way through the galleries.
 Virtual video tours Google link to some national parks in USA Virtual tours of US national parks
General DiscussionTED talks TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment, Design) 3300+ talks to stir your curiosity from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity
General Entertainment Viking TV A wide range of subjects of the variety that you would get on a cruise ship - history, art, music, cooking, travel, etc.
General Talks  Free online talks Educational and entertaining online talks by the best public speakers for U3A Clubs and members. Now working with over 100 clubs monthly and delivering talks to over 10,000 retirees regularly. A FREE talk broadcast every Thursday which is open to your members to join (last week we had over 1,000 join us from across the country!). This is a great way for us to raise awareness of our speakers and t
Keep FitDancing Belly dancing for beginners (NHS!) A more unusual NHS offering for keeping fit
 NHS Fitness courses NHS videos to stay fit by Lots of fitness videos – workout; aerobics; dancing; pilates; yoga – build up a routine for each day of the week.
 Yoga & Pilates Beginner Exercises in Yoga & Pilates (NHS) Aimed at those with specific conditions such as back pain, arthritis, osteoporosis
LearningBBC language courses Free language courses 40 different languages - lots of different resources - videos etc.
 Future Learn Short courses from universities worldwide Free courses, one hour per week, 4 - 6 weeks duration on a wide range of subjects
 Improve your digital skills Learn My Way Free online resources for helping people who want to improve their basic digital skills. Register with your name, email and the Beechcroft Centre number 8006038
 Massive Open Online Courses Links to online University courses Find MOOCs from Harvard, MIT, Microsoft and other top universities and institutions in subjects like computer science, data science, business and more.
 OpenLearn Open University courses Free courses, 4 - 20 hours per week, wide range of subjects, different levels of study
LeisureThird Age Trust website Resources on TAT website Guides to using technology – learning ideas – Diary Project: Living History – all available by clicking on the links on the website.
MusicClare College Choir Choral Services from Clare College Cambridge Listen free; weekly webcast; previous editions available
 Operavision Stream opera Opera from across Europe – wide range of performances, free streaming.
 Trinity College Choir Choral Services from Trinity College Cambridge Listen free; weekly webcasts, previous services available
PodcastsOpenSpires project University of Oxford Free access to university talks A wide variety of podcasts from the University, all free to listen to or download.
 Spectator Magazine podcasts Book Club podcast from the Spectator magazine Book club reviews which are available as a podcast - wide range of books discussed.
 University of Oxford 8 practical drawing classes Explains the basic elements of drawing, accompanied by an online version of the teaching collection.
WritingThird Age Trust diary project Capture your experience in writing U3A members are being asked to help craft a shared learning project where they create living history of this extraordinary time – living during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

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