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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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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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New Imperial Evening Classes in October

Starting 1 October 2021
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Research has shown that maintaining a healthy mind is essential to physical health and happiness. So why not stimulate your mind with the adult education programme from Imperial College? They're offering a range of courses in the arts, humanities, languages and sciences, and they are open to all adults - you don't need previous experience in a subject or entrance qualifications

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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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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,

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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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.

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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.

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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!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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!

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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Royal Albert Home: SK Shlomo

Fri 31 July 2020
7:30pm
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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

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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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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.

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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.

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?

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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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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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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How to grow a cress caterpillar

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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.

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

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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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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.

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Great Exhibition Road Festival Latest Events

9-15 October 2021
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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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Wild Crimes: A Natural History Museum podcast

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Wildlife crime is one of the biggest illegal businesses in the world. In a Natural History Museum podcast, discover some of the most shocking, sensational and sinister crimes committed against the natural world, and hear from the people working to end them.

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Transforming Space: Recruiting The World’s First Parastronauts

Thurs 9 December 2021
Online 7:30pm-8:45pm
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In a world first for human spaceflight, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced earlier this year that its first call for new astronauts in more than a decade will be open to candidates with a physical disability. Chaired by award-winning broadcaster and Paralympic medallist Ade Adepitan, a panel of experts from ESA will discuss the recruitment and training programme required for its new parastronauts.

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Serpentine Park Nights 2021

Fri 9 Jul — Wed 22 Sep 2021
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Music and performance return to Serpentine Live encounters and performances in music, poetry, dance and more in the Serpentine Pavilion on selected nights throughout the summer.

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Climate Change Action Through Dance: Aziza Jaffer

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Aziza Jaffer is a Bollywood choreographer and dance instructor in Bujumbura, Burund, who teaches dance, and through dance hopes to create awareness of the consequences our actions have on the environment.

Urban Tree Festival School Challenge

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As part of the Urban Tree Festival, The Royal Parks invited school students to get creative and explain both the importance of trees and the impact climate change is having on them.

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Skills for Future Art Ecosystems

24 Jul — 18 Sep 2021
Online 10am-1pm
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Learn how to make art in the metaverse. A series of artist-led workshops focused on artmaking in the metaverse, in collaboration with arebyte.

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Forest dreaming with Aalto

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Explore the relationship between the wood designs of architect, Alvar Aalto, and the forests of his native Finland, as part of Serpentine’s ongoing design research with Formafantasma.

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Power Pack: Climate Emergency

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Created by Serpentine Artists-in-Residence Jacob V Joyce and Rudy Loewe, the pack features illustrations of BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Colour) environmental campaigners from around the world alongside a series of creative prompts.

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Talking Culture #6: "Notes from a Grown Up Country"

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In 2019 John Kampfner, author and broadcaster, released a new book "Why the Germans Do it Better: Notes from a Grown-Up Country" As part of their Talking Podcast series with Urban Radicals and Natalie Taylor, the Goethe-Institut shared Kampfner's lecture with the same title, and yes it made them a bit uncomfortable too.

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Create a Crochet Dinosaur

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Crochet your own Sophie the Stegosaurus with an online class from TOFT. You will receive everything you need to make your dino, including wool, stuffing, crochet hook, sewing-up accessories and pattern, as well as expert tuition. During the workshop you will learn how to read a crochet pattern, start and finish each body part and sew them all together.

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Great object hunt: out and about

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Find something you couldn’t live without; create an interesting shadow. Students can follow their curiosity and work together to complete the challenges while exploring the fascinating world around them.

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How to press flowers

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Once you've mastered this simple technique, you'll find many uses for the flowers and leaves you press. Why not embark on a craft project and decorate special cards for family and friends, create beautiful art, or make a collection of herbarium sheets recording the plants growing in your garden?

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How to create a wildlife friendly garden

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Seven simple ways to create a wildlife-friendly garden. The amount of wildlife on our doorsteps is astounding but is increasingly being lost to hard surfacing and paving. Wildlife needs a helping hand. and even small changes can help. Here are seven easy ways to make your garden a haven for wildlife.

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How to grow a wildflower point for pollinators

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Growing native wildflowers is an excellent way to provide the right food for pollinating insects, making life better for your local wildlife. If you haven't got a lot of space, you can grow wildflowers in a container. You'll be able to enjoy a burst of colourful and interesting flowers while watching visiting bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

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Gardening for biodiversity

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It’s often assumed that if you plan your garden with biodiversity in mind, you’ll have to sacrifice on style. This absolutely doesn’t need to be the case. Mission: Invertebrate’s aim is to enrich wildlife in the Royal Parks - some of the busiest green spaces in London.

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Pollination Party

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Help a very hungry buzz find her way to a flower to get a drink of nectar then colour her in to cut out and wear as a mask! Suitable for ages 3-11.

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Mixed-Up Recyclers

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Many invertebrates help recycle dead organic matter including fallen leaves, dead plants and wood. They eat it and turn it into smaller particles for fungi and bacteria to turn into compost – for more plants and trees to grow in!

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We're Going On a Bug Hunt

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Invertebrates are all around, but sometimes we have to look quite hard to find them. Make it your mission to go out and search for these fantastic creatures. You’ll need to be fast, quiet and alert when hunting bugs, just like a real spy... keep ‘em peeled.

Invertebrate Racetrack

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What do you think is the fastest invertebrate in your garden? Why not go on a bug hunt to search for invertebrates? You could look under logs, flowerpots and around window sills to find invertebrates with different numbers of leg.

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Planting for Pollinators

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Whether you have a garden, porch or windowsill, find out how you can choose plants that not only look fabulous but are loved by invertebrates.

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Wildmeadow Flowers

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Find out how to create a wildflower meadow in your garden, or a meadow-in-a-pot for your front steps or windowsill.

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Make a Balcony Allotment - Hanging Pots

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Save floor space in your balcony or window allotment with these pretty hanging plant pot.

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Make a watering can from reused milk bottle

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No watering can? No problem. Follow this guide to make one out of an empty milk bottle.

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Wreck Your Tech

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Taking apart gadgets such as a travel alarm clock, disposable camera, headphones, propelling pencil or a tv remote control is a great way to explore beneath the surface of objects, to find out and question how something works or how it was made.

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How to Make A Bee Hotel

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This simple bee hotel will provide a home for a variety of solitary bees, including red mason bees and leafcutter bees.

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How to Make A Bird Feeder from Reused Plastic Bottles

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Bring nature to your doorstep by keeping wild birds fed with a home-made bird feeder. Follow our steps to build a seed feeder from a reused plastic bottle.

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All About Materials

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Let’s learn about the circular economy. Design a plantable card from recycled paper.

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How to Make a Bee Bath

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Just like us, bees and other pollinators need a drink of water to survive. Find out how to create a bee bath to give our bees a helping hand with this video from Mission Invertebrate.

A.C. Grayling: Learning From The Age of Genius

Wed 22 September 2021
Online 7pm-8pm
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The Age of Genius explores the intertwining of outward event and inner intellectual life to tell the story of the 17th century in Europe. Its author, Professor A.C. Grayling, join the Science Museum to discuss that story. 

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Curious Alice: the VR experience

Until Friday, 31 December 2021
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Experience a mind-bending virtual trip into Wonderland... Curious Alice invites audiences to tumble down the rabbit hole and embark on a mind-bending trip into Wonderland through the playful dimension of virtual reality (VR).

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Alice in Numberland

Friday 24 September 2021
Online 12:30-1:30pm
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Mathematical concepts of space, time, logic and scale run throughout Carroll’s most famous creation – Alice in Wonderland. Explore the world of 19th century mathematics that so fascinated Carroll, and how radical ideas in logic at that time might have influenced his own creative mind.

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Saturday Art Studio: A passion for drawing

Sat September 18 & Sat 25 September
Online 10am-12pm
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Unleash your creativity and learn new skills and techniques in our online, tutor led workshops exploring the art of drawing. During these two virtual workshops learn how to translate what you see around you into beautiful art drawings.

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Online Talk: Omer Arbel

Thurs 23 September 2021
Online 7pm-8pm
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Join design polymath Omer Arbel online during the London Design Festival for a look at some of his most compelling and engaging projects.

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Green Sauce Cookshow

Sat 25 September 2021
Online 6pm-7pm
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Try something different. Are you living in the UK or Germany? Are you aged 16-19 years old? Join the Goethe-Institut who have teamed up with Newkinco for an intercultural virtual cooking show. You don't have to be a great cook or even speak German!