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Cultural heritage resources to safely enjoy from your sofa - Our top 5!


So we are now in a period of restricted movement with a stop on physical social freedom, which means more time at home, right? Fear not, it won’t last forever, but to help wile away some of those hours (and when you physically can’t adjust that picture frame any more) why not spend some time taking advantage of the hugely vibrant, informative and engaging archive material that is totally accessible and free online, thanks to our hard working and dedicated archivists, museums and many other archive holders. THIS is the new ‘going out’! 

So today we are bringing you our top 5 cultural heritage resources currently being shouted about, and perhaps you could share and let us know what new and exciting thing you discover.

The many-headed monster

The many-headed monster describes itself as: the history of 'the unruly sort of clowns' and other early modern peculiarities, which we feel offers great insight into human behaviour and, as their tweet above suggests, would make a fantastic ‘go to’ for deeper thought and discussion. Get those imaginations whirring!

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The Old Operating Theatre Museum

The Old Operating Theatre Museum is a very small organisation but don’t underestimate the wonder that is their archive collection, offering “a unique insight into the history of medicine and surgery”. Through their website they share details about their fascinating history and have a wonderful Top Facts resource page to get you squirming in your seats. I do believe there are some leeches looking to be named too!  

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Royal College of Nursing

Very apt advice indeed for today’s crisis: “wash your hands with hot water and soap” the Royal College of Nursing tells us, sharing their incredible 100 years of infection in their free online exhibition.

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History Extra: 11 podcast episodes on royal women

History Extra contains a wealth of thought provoking material and we were quite taken with their 11 podcasts about ‘royal women from history’, to include (but not limited to) warrior queens, ‘forgotten’ monarchs, royal women playing key roles in war and politics, and talks that seek to separate the facts from the fiction. You will all be experts by time you can go out again!

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The Royal Northern College of Music

Who wouldn’t like to attend a performance, listen to an orchestra, be carried away by opera, but sadly that’s unlikely for the foreseeable future. Well The Royal Northern College of Music are streaming performances online and, guess what, they are free! Your body may be stuck on the sofa but your ears are about to be transported!

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