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As our cultural venues start to reopen, we still have a fantastic assortment of online events and activities to keep you entertained. Here are some teasers to entice.

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Google Arts & Culture: The Natural History Museum

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Explore a story of natural history discovery in an interactive experience, Making Natural History, Dive into the museum's 80 million specimens, encounter a prehistoric marine reptile in virtual reality, discover pioneering Museum research, navigate the galleries in 360 degrees & take a tour of exhibits tackling natural history themes,

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Google Arts & Culture: The Science Museum

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Striving to be the best place in the world for people to enjoy science, the Science Museum's world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Explore the museum's exhibitions and online collections.

Google Arts & Culture: V&A

Explore online the world's leading museum of art and design - the V&A enriches people's lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world.

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Why artists work with blockchain technologies

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As the world is facing a new economic crisis, how could the arts and civil society benefit from blockchain technologies? Hear from artists, curators, technologists and researchers who are using blockchain to revolutionise their way of working in the Goethe-Institut London’s latest Talking Culture podcast episode.

Onleihe Digital Library

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The Goethe has an incredible selection of eBooks. In fact, more than 23,000 German language audio books, movies, materials for German language learners, magazines and newspapers available to download from the Onleihe, the Goethe-Institut’s digital library.

Explore RCM Exhibitions Online

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The Royal College of Music was the first music conservatoire to partner with the Google Cultural Institute, opening up collections to audiences around the world. The museum and library curate a range of interactive digital exhibitions, drawing on key social and historical themes to enrich our understanding of music history.

Online Learning at Goethe-Institut

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Learn German Online - anywhere, anytime and as part of a group! You will not be learning alone but in a small group of between six and 16 participants. The course will introduce you to the German language on the basis of everyday situations, and you will practice your German skills in various ways.

Royal Society of Sculptors Learning Resouces

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The Royal Society of Sculptors is pleased to provide free downloadable teachers’ resources to support classroom art activities. Have fun!

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Google Arts & Culture: Serpentine

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Championing new ideas in contemporary art since it opened in 1970, Serpentine has presented pioneering exhibitions of 2,263 artists over 45 years, showing a wide range of work from emerging practitioners to the most internationally recognised artists and architects of our time. Explore more online.

Japan House London - Stories

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Japan House London invite you to explore the stories about Japanese cultures.including Japanese wine, a Bonsai guide, sake and more.

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Japan House London - videos

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Find out more about Japanese art and culture through a series of videos and interviews from the Japan House London.

Design at the Design Museum

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For the Design Museum, design is a continually evolving subject which it explores through its exhibitions programme, publishing, permanent collection, learning and research activities. Find out more about the design of some of the most iconic objects from Concorde, to London Transport.

Science Museum - Kitchen Science Booklet

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Follow step-by-step instructions for science activities and experiments that are safe and easy to do in the classroom or at home.

Science Museum: Objects and Stories

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Explore over 250,000 objects and archives in the museum's ever-expanding digital collection. Find out about the fascinating histories behind even the smallest objects.

Science Museum: Search Our Collection

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Explore over 325,000 objects and archives from the Science Museum, Science and Industry Museum, National Science and Media Museum, National Railway Museum and Locomotion.

Explore our Museums at Home

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While our five museums are closed, join us online to discover inspiring stories of scientific achievement on our websites, delve into our incredible collections or through videos and 3D models, hear from scientific pioneers. Explore fun activities to try at home or simply have fun playing our online games.

From the V&A Collections

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From ancient Chinese ceramics to Alexander McQueen evening dresses, take an incredible journey through 5000 years of human creativity with their online collections.

The V&A Story

From its early beginnings to the foundation stone laid by Queen Victoria in 1899, to today's state-of-the-art galleries, the Museum has constantly evolved in its collecting and public interpretation of art and design. Its collections span 5,000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium, housed in one of the finest groups of Victorian and modern buildings in Britain.

Welcome to Culturethèque!

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A wealth of French resources is at your fingertips. Simply register online to keep up-to-date with daily news and current affairs, magazines galore, audio books, bestsellers - the selection is endless!

Royal College of Music Online

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Royal College of Music brings you performances from their extraordinary student's on their YouTube channel.

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Create and Make At Home

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Enjoy a family Create and Make workshop at home. Colour, cut and build to create your own Design Museum exhibition. Colour, cut and build to create your own Design Museum exhibition. Bring the Design Museum to you by building your own furniture exhibition.

Discover more at the Natural History Museum

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Find answers to your big nature questions. Delve into stories about the Museum's collections, scientists and research. Uncover the history of life on Earth, from the smallest insects to the largest mammals.

Imperial College Free COVID-19 online course re-launched

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Imperial researchers and Coursera have partnered to offer a free Massively Open Online Course explaining the science behind coronavirus.

Serpentine online

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In addition to the galleries opening, Serpentine's work continues online. Collected here are some of the ways you can interact with their programmes through online exhibitions, digital commissions, podcasts, special broadcasts and more.

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Make & Do at Home

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Whether you're into knitting, coding, or crafting your own furniture, the V&A has got a creative project for you. These fun, free resources and tutorials are all inspired by their incredible collections – bringing you a range of DIY makes to try at home.

Explore Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks: Codex Forster I

Famous worldwide as the painter of such masterpieces as the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) is also renowned for his notebooks in which he recorded his thoughts and inventions. Five of these fascinating notebooks, bound into three small volumes, have been in our collection since 1876 when they were bequeathed to the Museum by John Forster

Stories of Everyday Technology

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From light bulbs to motorways and cups of tea to concrete, discover the extraordinary science stories behind familiar objects and technologies we encounter every day.

V&A Illustration Awards 2020

The V&A Illustration Awards are seen as the UK's most prestigious annual illustration competition, celebrating excellence in student illustration. Free to enter, they attract a raft of creativity and talent. Read more on the V&A blog. The winners will be announced on Tuesday 2 June 2020.

Virtual Museum: 13 ways to explore from home

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Delve into the Museum from home with a virtual self-guided tour of the galleries, an interactive experience about Hope the blue whale and audio guides narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

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Royal Albert Home

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Artists present exclusive sessions from their homes to yours. In these strange times, closing the Hall’s doors is the best way to look after the world, but we are now opening a (virtual) window for you to experience some of the most talented artists around.

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Try this at home

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Can't get out far to explore nature? The Natural History Museum has got lots of fun activities and ideas to occupy you and family at home, in your garden or local outdoor space.

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Young Design Museum

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Whether you’ve found yourself in charge of your children’s school day, or are simply after some creative fun to fill an afternoon, check out the Young Design Museum strand. Bring the world of design to life through everyday materials and household objects.

Dippy's Naturenauts

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Welcome, naturenauts! Are you ready for an adventure? Grab your phone or tablet to explore the nature on your doorstep.

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Britain's first astronaut, Helen Sharman, on isolation

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Britain's first astronaut, Helen Sharman, shares her thoughts on confinement and isolation when living and working in space, and how those lessons could apply to isolation during the coronavirus outbreak.

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RGS online exhibitions

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Get immersed in the stories behind the RGS' Collections from the comfort of your home.

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Imperial Events online

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Get inspired and rediscover the joy of science during the stay home guidance. You can join Imperial from wherever you are in the world with their online content and events!

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RBKC Libraries online

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RBKC libraries have a fantastic online library to keep you entertained and uplifted. In addition to daily newspapers, there is a vast selection of journals, comics, books, audiobooks, language-learning platform, reference books and much more! If you don't have a library card, all you have to do is join online and download the CloudLibrary app.

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Art Deco Fashion

Distinct, elegant and vivid in colour, items from the V&A's fashion collections reveal the relationship between Art Deco design and the clothing and jewellery of the 1920s and 1930s. Jeanne Lanvin's 1930s beautiful evening dresses were the epitome of Art Deco elegance, combining simple, fluid forms with severe geometry. Immerse yourself in a bygone era!

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Cosmonauts: birth of the space age

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Turning their eyes towards the sky, the Russian people pioneered space travel, becoming the first nation to launch satellites, animals and humans into orbit. Their early achievements were seen as a challenge by America, and created fierce competition between the two nations. Delve into a fascinating world of exploration and discovery..

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Institut français: Learn French online

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Have you always wanted to learn French but never had the time? Or felt self-conscious amongst a group of strangers in a classroom? Well now you have no excuses! The Institut français has a dedicated team of native speakers who can teach you one-to-one - or even with a group of friends. Work at your own pace and really enjoy learning again. C'est si facile!

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Earth Photo Competition 2020: A Climate of Change

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Earth Photo is an international competition and exhibition created by the Society and Forestry England. This virtual exhibition showcases the very best in environmental visual media and how it can better connect us with the world by telling stories and encouraging discussion about our planet, its inhabitants and our treatment of both.

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Hang out with the NHM Nature Team

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Hang out with the Nature Live Online team on Tuesdays at 12.00 and Fridays at 10.30 for interactive talks featuring topical discussions with the NHM scientists and cutting-edge research.

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NHM Collections: 80 million specimens

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Of the Museum's 80 million specimens, only a tiny fraction ever go on display. Uncover colourful stories behind the specimens, meet collectors and curators past and present and read about their contributions to our understanding of the natural world.

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Anno's Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa

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Japan House launches their first virtual exhibition, 'Anno’s Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa', showcasing the lifeworks of the beloved story teller and illustrator. A captivating and sensory experience.

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Learn German & Own Your Future

Courses from 8 July-7 Nov 2021
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Study German online in their virtual classrooms with live sessions and follow individual exercises at your own pace. Choose your level from beginner (A1, A2) to intermediate (B1, B2) to advanced (C1, C2). Learn German and get qualified for your future.

Hidden Stories of The Royal Parks

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The Royal Parks have launched the first episode of the Hidden Stories of the Royal Parks podcast. Sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home as they bring the parks to you.

Artists in Residence: Juliana Huxtable

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For a new residency, the Goethe-Institut London and Somerset House Studios welcome artist, DJ, writer, and performer Juliana Huxtable. Working remotely from her studio, Juliana will be taking part in live streams and artist development opportunities.

Happy 200th Birthday Florence Nightingale

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Hospitals with no beds or blankets. Emaciated, weak and dying soldiers. Rats and fleas everywhere. When Florence Nightingale arrived with her 38-strong nursing team in the Crimea in November 1854, this was the appalling scene that greeted them. Two years later, she had developed pioneering statistical methods to convince other people that widespread reform was vital.

Table Top Sculpture

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The Royal Society of Sculptors has teamed up with ArtUK for this week's creative challenge - sculpture inspired by architecture. Look at books & photos for inspiration from unusual buildings, or explore the internet for ideas from around the world. Then use anything recyclable around your home and start creating!

The Great Exhibition Virtual Tour

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Take a virtual tour of the magnificent Crystal Palace and experience its innovative design and beauty. Constructed in 1851, it defined Prince Albert's ambitions to showcase the best of Victoria's reign.

Bottle Tops & Bubbles

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The Science Museum's Learning Resources is bursting with interesting and fun experiments. Bring the wonder home and explore science and maths with their hands-on activities the whole family can do together.

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Leighton House Create & Make

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10am to 5:30pm; last entry at 4:30pm
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Fun activities for young ones to discover more about this iconic landmark and its namesake Lord Leighton. Learn about the amazing paintings which line its walls and create a masterpiece of your own!

Imperial College Online Adult Education Classes

From January 2021
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Imperial College's adult education classes are open to everybody. They offer a broad expanse of courses in the arts, languages, humanities and sciences. A great way to learn new skills, keep in touch and make new friends.

Young Design Museum for Schools

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Inspire students' creativity and passion with the Design Museum's fantastic range of ready made lessons. Make a wiggle side chair, redesign your kitchenware or design your own environmentally friendly packaging - with everyday materials and household objects.

Pac-Man Turns 40

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Hard to believe that Pac-man turns 40 this month. To celebrate, Head of Commercial Experiences and gaming fan, Mark Cutmore explores the story of the much-loved character and pop-culture icon and the undisputed granddaddy of gaming mascots.

Rhyme Time & Story Time!

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Westminster Libraries & Archives have some great online activities for your kids from rhyme time on Wednesday mornings to story telling on Mondays and Fridays.

Lucy Worsley's Royal Photo Album

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Join Historic Royal Palace's Joint Chief Curator, Lucy Worsley, in a special one-off programme, 'Lucy Worsley's Royal Photo Album', as she uncovers the stories behind some of the most famous photographs of the British Royal Family.

Developing a vaccine for COVID-19

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In the first of a series of seminars on COVID-19, two experts will talk about their work into mitigating the impacts of this infection through the development of a new vaccine and other therapeutic approaches.

Pandemic Objects

During times of pandemic, a host of everyday, often-overlooked ‘objects’are suddenly charged with new urgency. Pandemic Objects is one of many thought-provoking articles written by V&A bloggers.

EU 2020: The Goethe-Institut for Europe

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Crisis and the rise of the right... We refer to Europe mainly in terms of its political and economic systems, and often only when those systems are being challenged. With Brexit now a certainty, we want to address Europe as a place and as a concept - a continent formed of an international community.

The Glastonbury Festival Archive

Are you wishing you were at Worthy Farm this weekend? Explore the Glastonbury Festival Archive at the V&A and find out how you can can add your memories to this eclectic and fascinating resource that documents how the Festival has developed over the past 50 years.

Three Wicked Men

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From joyful depictions of nightclubs to the tensions between police & the Afro-Caribbean community during the late 1970s & early 80s, ​Denzil Forrester (Painting, 1983) ​has been painting about the British Afro-Caribbean experience​ f​or nearly 40 years.

Weddell Sea Resources

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Bringing together world-leading experts in polar and marine exploration, the expedition aimed to solve unanswered questions about one of the most remote and least-studied wilderness areas on our planet. From Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5. ,

If Not Now, When?

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Sir Ian Blatchford describes how the Science Museum Group is focused on meaningful and ongoing change in response to Black Lives Matter.

Bringing Science to your Living Room

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The Science Museum has joined forces with the BBC to bring you Bitesize Daily. Experience the wonders of science at home with exciting experiments and demonstrations carried out using exhibits at the Museum's Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery in London.

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Science Museum Collection Quiz

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With the outbreak of coronavirus, many of us are spending more time at home. With quizzes being particularly popular here's a ready-made quiz round of 15 questions featuring facts from the Science Museum Group Collection.

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Make a Volcano

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Volcanic eruptions are one of the most powerful natural forces on our planet. Making your own miniature erupting volcano is a great, safe way to start learning about these incredible geological features.

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Royal Albert Home: SK Shlomo

Fri 31 July 2020
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SK Shlomo will deliver an exclusive set from his home as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions. The genre-defying, award-winning, record-breaking beatboxer, producer and live-looper burst into the mainstream as ‘Shlomo’, collaborating with Björk and performing with famous fans including Damon Albarn, Lily Allen and Imogen Heap.

RBKC's Exciting Culture Plan 2020

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RBKC is launching a Culture Plan with a difference in September. There will be a fantastic choice of online and open space activities for residents and visitors. The world-famous Notting Hill Carnvival is going digital; front row seats guaranteed! Theatre projects will bring together playwrights and actors with the local community, and K+C Art Week will be creating a public art trail in shop windows on the iconic King's Road and Kensington High Street.

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V&A Illustration Awards 2020 Results

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Awards. From imaginary worlds and fairy-tales to the difficult reality of life in a refugee camp, the winners of this year's awards demonstrate the versatility and breadth of contemporary illustration.

Imperial's COVID 19 Response Team Across the Globe

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Imperial’s COVID-19 Response Team has been working with health services and governments around the world to help plan responses to the pandemic. Since January, the team have been working relentlessly to model the pandemic in real-time, providing policymakers and health leaders around the world with the latest estimates of the scale of outbreaks.

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The Royal Parks Podcast

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A podcast series where you can take a behind-the-scenes look at the eight Royal Parks. From the Royal Observatory of Greenwich Park to the roaming deer of Richmond, explore 5,000 acres of historical parkland right in the middle of London. Meet some of the incredible experts who work at The Royal Parks and discover the fascinating stories of these iconic green spaces.

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Hidden Histories of Exploration

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When we think about the history of exploration, we often imagine it as the work of exceptional individuals in extraordinary circumstances. Men and women venturing forth on some incredible journey, a fundamentally collective and shared experience. This wonderful online exhibition draws on images of exploration since 1800.

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The Artist Studio

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For all who love creating beautiful things or simply being inspired by other's creativity, don't miss Leighton House Museum's new series The Artist Studio, featuring three contemporary artists who respond to Leighton House collections using their craft.

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Professor Universe

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Introducing Professor Universe who has seven educational videos for children aged 6+. This fun, educational series is like Monty Python meets Bill Nye the Science Guy. After crash landing on a strange planet, Professor Universe must use his knowledge of science to get back home. Get ready to learn about orbits, light, stars, gravity and more with a cast of weird and wonderful characters.

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Kids are the future! The digital artwork “Earth Speakr” by Olafur Eliasson

Sept-Dec 2020
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The digital artwork “Earth Speakr” by Olafur Eliasson on the occasion of the German EU Council Presidency invites children to speak for the planet – and adults to listen to what they have to say.

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Go digital: Great Exhibition Road Festival at home

From 16 October 2020
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Celebrate science and the arts at home with a year-round programme of online events from organisations across South Kensington. This month. peek behind the curtain with a magician helping surgeons develop new skills and explore how arts engagement affects mental and social wellbeing.

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V&A Secret Seekers

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Set off on a treasure hunt to unlock the secrets of the museum hidden in its walls. Meet a cast of characters, collect gems and reveal the museum's secrets!

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Design and make your own story

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Use objects from around the home to help you create your own story. Then design the costumes and sets, and bring it to life! Take a look at the objects in the V&A collections for more inspiration. Designed for ages 7 and up.

Terrible Trades

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Becoming a master craftsman took years of hard work. Beginning as an apprentice you then became a journeyman, often travelling for miles around the country. Eventually, you might join a guild as a master craftsman. Can you become a master of your trade? Start the game as an apprentice and test your skills.

Can you design a colour-changing object?

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There’s not much fun to be had on a rainy day, but Emma-Jayne Parkes wanted to use her design skills and a special type of ‘smart’ material to change that perception. Discover more about her Squid London’s colour changing umbrella!

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Go back in time with My Dino Mission AR

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My Dino Mission AR is aimed at 7-10 year olds and enables budding young palaeontologists to help a stranded dinosaur get back to its own time period many millions of years ago. Combining the latest augmented reality technology with STEM skills, children can recognise a dinosaurs’ species, what it eats, likes and needs to survive. Young explorers can care for and capture fun photos of themselves interacting with their new dinosaur friend in the backdrop of their home or back garden

The Earthshot Prize

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The most prestigious global environment prize in history is being launched today by Prince William with the Aga Khan Development Network as a Founding Partner. The Earthshot Prize aims to encourage large-scale change over the next 10 years — a critical decade for the Earth. To find out more visit

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African Heritage Tours in Europe 1600 – 1815

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Chosen by the V&A's African Heritage Gallery Guides, this selection of extraordinary objects invites you to take a closer look at European depictions of race, enslavement, pride, freedom, equality and activism.

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Planet Friendly Presents

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With Christmas just around the corner, the Natural History Museum has hand-picked a selection of presents perfect for lovers of the natural world. Choose from ranges that promote sustainability, products that support communities or unique experiences - all with nature in mind.

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Explore and experiment

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Making instant ice-cream is just one of the activities on the Science Museums website to try at home. You can also take a virtual tour via Google Streetview, let a curator guide you round the galleries, explore online exhibitions, play games and so much more.

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My Robot Mission AR

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Create your own robot and help it overcome future world problems with the Science Museum’s new augmented reality app. Created in partnership with 42 Kids, this exciting new skills-building app combines a series of fun challenges and the latest AR technology to help you think like a scientist. Recommended for ages 10–12. Download for free.

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Everest - A Reconnaissance

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This exhibition showcases a selection of platinum prints, available to purchase, made from the newly digitised glass and celluloid negatives of the 1921 British Mount Everest Reconnaissance Expedition.

Membership to the Natural History Museum

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Be part of something big and become a Museum Member. Your support helps the Natural History Museum work for a future where people and planet thrive - and you'll enjoy colossal benefits!

Architecture for Dogs virtual tour

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Featuring a collection of architectural designs for dogs by world-class architects and designers such as Ban Shigeru, Kuma Kengo, Itō Toyō and Sou Fujimoto, the Architecture for Dogs virtual exhibition explores architecture and design that can be joyful for both dogs and their human companions.

Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature Online

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Step into an online world full of fantastic real-life and magical beasts. There are highlights, stories and games galore. Walk around the exhibition from home with a 360° Google Streetview with Google Arts & Culture.

Natural History Museum World of Wonder

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Slip behind the doors of the Natural History Museum for a unique experience. Hidden from the public, a staggering 80 million specimens, some too rare and valuable to exhibit, will be filmed on Channel 5 over the next four weeks and catch-up on MY5.

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Bitesize Science

From January 2021
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The Science Museum has pooled together an expansive field of resources including experiments, games and videos to bring the thrills and fun of science into living rooms across the country. Discover activities to support a range of curriculum topics - and don't miss the Museum's Explainers Bitesize at 1pm daily this week on BBC2, and iPlayer, to help with homework, revision and learning.

V&A joins the Happy Museum's New Peer Learning Programme

The V&A's Sustainable Exhibitions For Museums Network (SEFM) has recently joined up with The Happy Museum to look at how the museum sector can respond to the challenge of creating a more sustainable future.

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Flesh-eating beetles and exploding fossils

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The Museum houses an astonishing collection of over 80 million specimens spanning everything from meteorites to mice. But what does it take to look after one of the world's most important natural history collection during lockdown? And who is going to look after the flesh-eating beetles?

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Teikūhikō – High Resolution Tour

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For a limited time, visitors can discover Japan in depth and detail through this Teikūhikō series. Created by Japan House London’s Creative Adviser, Hara Kenya, Teikūhikō is not about aeroplane travel. It is a combination of beautiful videos, articles and photographs introducing spots that Hara has specially selected, posing the question to visitors, “What do you think of this kind of Japan?”

Sambourne House: A new video series launched

Tuesday 9 February
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'Calling at the Sambournes' is a visual exploration into the private life and work of Victorian illustrator, Edward Linley Sambourne (1844 - 1910). Curated by art, history and photography experts, the first short film presents Linley as a ‘genius photographer’ and includes a beautiful demonstration of the cyanotype process that he would have followed in his Kensington home.

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Inspired by Islamic Art

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Led by contemporary artists Laurelie Rae and Ayesha Gamiet, this online course will teach students how to analyse, draw and paint motifs and patterns, exploring different techniques and colour palettes. Each session takes inspiration from the beautiful examples of Islamic Art found in Leighton House.

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Explore the V&A Collections

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The V&A is launching Explore the Collections, a new digital platform that enables everyone from around the world to search, explore and discover over 1.2m objects from the museum’s collections. This new online experience forms a key part of the V&A’s goal to revolutionise access to national collections, which will culminate in their new collections and research centre at V&A East – an entirely new cultural experience and the first of its kind in the UK.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year: People's Choice

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Robert Irwin's dramatic bird's-eye view depicting the destruction wreaked by a bushfire in Northern Australia has won the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award. Taken in the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in Cape York, Queensland, the area is of high conservation value and is home to over 30 different ecosystems with many endangered species. Robert spotted smoke billowing out in the horizon and knew this was something he had to capture.

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Learn & Play for 3-6 year olds

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Why not introduce the youngest members of your family to French with the Institut français' bilingual nursery rhyme classes. Easy and relaxed, they will instil your children with confidence through the power of play. This week it's all about body parts. So let’s make learning fun!

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Brilliant History at Home

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Taking on the role of teacher can feel overwhelming but Kensington Palace has got some great ideas to help you teach. Here are five top history resources that will keep your kids learning AND smiling while you're staying home together. Five brilliant history resources for home schooling from a Tudor servant during the reign of Henry VIII to being locked up in the Tower of London. Parental participation optional!

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V&A Collection

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From ancient Chinese ceramics to Alexander McQueen evening dresses, take an incredible journey through 5000 years of human creativity with the V&A's online collections.

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Women transforming South Kensington

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Hear from the key women shaping the future of South Kensington’s cultural sector in this panel discussion celebrating International Women’s Day. From starting a new urban nature movement at the Natural History Museum to a £40 million state of the art redevelopment of the Royal College of Music, join an all-female panel to discuss how women are re-shaping Albertopolis.

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Design Your Own Okiagari Kobōshi

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Japan House London
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As part of this month’s focus on the crafts of the Tōhoku region in north-eastern Japan, why not download Japan House London's worksheet and design your own "little monk"!

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Sparks Explorers Course

13-15 April 2021
Online 10am
Royal College of Music
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This Easter, the Royal College of Music is thrilled to invite you to join them on Zoom to make sensational music! They'll be presenting discoveries from the RCM Museum with dramatic workshops and creative arts and crafts. All will culminate in a spectacular show! For ages 8 to 11.

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How to grow a cress caterpillar

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Natural History Museum
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A fun food-based activity to keep kids entertained at home. Create a colourful caterpillar, watch cress grow and eat the tasty results. Follow the simple instructions to transform eggshells and cress seeds into a caterpillar. There are hundreds of types of caterpillar in the UK to choose from and the Natural History Museum team have highlighted a selection of interesting ones for inspiration.

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Dinosaur footprint cookies recipe

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Natural History Museum
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Not your average dinosaur cookies. These tasty biscuits are fun to bake with kids and make a colourful addition to a dinosaur-themed party.

The Royal Albert Hall's 150th Birthday

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The Royal Albert Hall can't wait to throw open their doors and welcome everyone back to toast their 150th birthday! Spanning two years of celebrations, they'll have major commissions from British artists, headline performances from musical legends, and events showcasing the next generation of talent from around the globe.

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A Brief History of Stuff

Fortnightly
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Even the most ordinary objects have extraordinary stories to tell. Explore the past, present and future of the everyday things in your home, hosted by BBC Radio 5 Live's host Nihal Arthanayake. From bath toys to sticky tape and vacuum cleaners to the microwave oven, Nihal reveals how they changed science—and our world.

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Imperial's entrepreneurial 'how to' talks

From 6 May
Online 1pm-2pm
Imperial College London
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Boost your entrepreneurial know-how with Imperial Lab's 60-minute lunchtime expert talks. Experts from every corner of the startup world help give you a more rounded view of what the road to success can look like. Everyone’s welcome so if you’re curious, check out what they’ve got coming up!

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39 Ways to save the Planet

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The Royal Geographical Society is working in partnership with BBC Radio 4 on a radio series that showcases 39 ideas to relieve the stress that climate change is placing on the Earth. Presented by environmental journalist and Society Fellow, Tom Heap, each 15 minute programme features an expert who will provide practical, feasible and carbon-cutting advice.

COVID-19 and the Hunt for the Vaccine

Thursday 15 July 2021
Online 7:30pm - 8:45pm
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Join the Science Museum and a panel of experts including Professor Chris Whitty and others who have been on the UK’s front line response to COVID-19 and the vaccine rollout. The panel will share their experiences of the past eighteen months, why vaccination is key to protecting ourselves and our friends, families and colleagues, and the role that GPs, nurses and educators have in improving understanding of vaccinations during this free online talk.

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Natural History in the Making: Pottery

Wed 9 June, 14 July and 11 August
Online 6pm-8pm
Natural History Museum
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Craft your own Natural History-inspired plant pots with this exclusive online workshop and at-home kit. Take inspiration from the Museum's collection of curious creatures and create your own unique plant pot characters. Join the Museum for a fun and relaxing virtual pottery workshop where you will be guided in bringing your ceramic creations to life.

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Natural History in the Making: Felt Floristry

Wednesday 23 June
Online 7pm-7:45pm
Natural History Museum
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Join the Natural History Museum for an exclusive online workshop where you will learn how to create a beautiful floral wreath. Your charming year-round wreath will be inspired by the beautiful botanical panels painted on the ceiling of Hintze Hall and will include poppies, heliopsis, aloe, oranges, and a dragonfly.

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Great Exhibition Road Festival Latest Events

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Celebrate the wonderful world of science and the arts with the Great Exhibition Road Festival. Explore the latest free online events from home and discover Fantasies of Exhibition Road, featuring talks, workshops, interviews and much more for all ages.

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Nano: the spectacular science of the very (very) small

Wednesday 30 June
Online 5pm-6pm
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Draw, build and invent as you are walked through the fascinating world of nanoscience with physicist Dr Jess Wade and award-winning illustrator Melissa Castrillón.

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Online Talk: Wren rebuilds London out of disaster

Tues 22 June 2021
Online 4pm-5pm
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Church historian Janet Gough uses Sir Christopher Wren’s buildings and 52 new churches and St Paul’s Cathedral to tell the incredible rebuilding of London out of the badly handled Plague and disastrous Great Fire of 1666 when like today icons of renewal and triumph were desperately needed.

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Screening of Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay: Oray

Wed 23-Sat 26 June 2021
Online Starts 7pm
Goethe-Institut
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Catch an online movie with Goethe-Kino. We sometimes say words in rage and wish we had never said them. For Oray such an outburst of anger has dramatic consequences. In a phone message to his wife Burcu following an argument he repeats the word “talaq” three times, which in Islamic faith is a declaration of divorce.

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Natural History Museum Lates

Thurs 24 June 2021
Online 7:30pm
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The Natural History Museum comes to life after dark. This month online is Whose specimen is it, anyway? One specimen from the vast Museum collection, three scientists. Two of them don’t know anything about this specimen, one of them knows it really well. Can you figure out who is telling the truth and who is bluffing?

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Online Curator Talk: Design: 1900 - Now

Thurs 24 June 2021
Online 4pm
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Hear from the curators of the new Design: 1900 - Now galleries as they discuss the newly refurbished space, which will house the V&A's collection of modern and contemporary design.

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Art Nght 2021

Fri 18 June-Sun 18 July 2021
Across the UK and online
Goethe-Institut
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Island of the Fairy Tern

Tues 29 June 2021
Online 7.00pm-8.30pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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St Helena is the most remote UK overseas territory, teeming with over 500 endemic species. With its unique plant and insect life, and marked by climate extremes, St Helena is a unique place - and one that could pave the way to nature recovery across the world's islands. Join the RGS team on a journey to encounter the wildlife and landscapes of one of the most remote corners of the planet.

Kensington+Chelsea Festival

21 June – 31 August
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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K+C Festival is re-imagining creativity and culture for everyone. Public art and curated tours, ballet and street art, broken beats and orchestras, circus arts and gaming culture, exhibitions and workshops. All will feature in well-known and unexpected places across Kensington and Chelsea’s iconic venues and public spaces, with online and interactive ways to get involved and enjoy the festival. It kicks off with the return of Kensington + Chelsea Art Week.

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Online Talk: What Artists Wear

Tuesday, 29 June 2021
Online 7pm-8pm
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Join fashion critic Charlie Porter in conversation with Business of Fashion's Tim Blanks for an illuminating look at the clothing of artists from Cindy Sherman to Francis Bacon, presenting a new way of understanding artists and dress.

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Videogame Storytelling

Thursday, 24 June 2021
Online 17.00 – 18.30
V&A
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Join game designer Matteo Menapace to discover the skills involved in creating stories for games. Take inspiration from popular games to learn how gameplay and stories are developed and remix them to create your own story! For ages 13-17.