South Kensington for Schools online

A huge variety of information online for educators from the cultural and educational organisations in South Kensington's, including events, workshops and resources, allowing you to plan the best school trip ever or bring a bit of the magic into your own classroom!

Free Online

A Brief History of Stuff

Fortnightly
Online
Science Museum
Map
Visit Website

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.

Image credit: Thomas Baines 1856
Online

Hidden Histories of Exploration

Online
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Map
Visit Website

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.

Online

The Royal Parks Podcast

The Royal Parks
Map
Visit Website

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.

Online

Make a Volcano

Natural History Museum
Map
Visit Website

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.

Bringing Science to your Living Room

Science Museum
Map
Visit Website

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.

Trumpet Masterclass with Håkan Hardenberger

Royal College of Music
Map
Visit Website

Trumpet virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger leads Jack Wilson through a masterclass on From the Wreckage, by RCM Research Fellow in Composition Mark-Anthony Turnage. Supported by the RCM Symphony Orchestra under the directorship of Timothy Lines, watch this engaging journey through a classic of contemporary concerto repertoire.

If Not Now, When?

Science Museum
Map
Visit Website

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

Three Wicked Men

Royal College of Art
Map
Visit Website

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.

Online

Japan To See

Online
Japan House London
Map
Visit Website

First to feature in Japan House London's new travel series, is the Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Museum, an interactive open-air space in western Tokyo featuring preserved buildings from the Meiji period. Take a look at a wonderful selection of Japan's culture from

Free Online

Go digital: Great Exhibition Road Festival at home

From 16 October 2020
Online
Discover South Kensington
Map
Visit Website

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.

Free Online

Brilliant History at Home

Online
Kensington Palace
Map
Visit Website

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!

Free Online

Inspired by Islamic Art

Online
Leighton House Museum
Map
Visit Website

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.

Free Online

Flesh-eating beetles and exploding fossils

Online
Natural History Museum
Map
Visit Website

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?

Free Online

Explore the Natural History Museum from your home

Online
Natural History Museum
Map
Visit Website

The Natural History Museum's virtual tour allows you to explore 14 exhibitions and access 300,000 specimens. Zoom in on the tiny details of the main hall's gilded ceiling or take a closer look at the marine reptiles discovered by Mary Anning. Enjoy a day at the Museum without even having to leave your home!

Online

Everest - A Reconnaissance

Online
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Map
Visit Website

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.

Free Online

Explore and experiment

Online
Science Museum
Map
Visit Website

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.

Science Museum - Kitchen Science Booklet

Science Museum
Map
Visit Website

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

Online

RGS online lectures

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Map
Visit Website

Find out more about the Royal Geographical Society's online lectures offered through their School Membership package

Shipwrecked Ceramics

Asian ceramics have been the subject of international and inter-Asian trade for over one thousand years. Transported by sea through dangerous waters, many of these ceramics never made their final destination, but not all have ended up on the ocean's bed.

Howard Williams in conversation with Roger Kneebone

Royal College of Music
Map
Visit Website

Join the surgeon and academic Professor Roger Kneebone in conversation with unorthodox people whose careers defy traditional boundaries and who swim against the tide. Howard Williams, distinguised international conductor, explores the parallels between our experiences, discussing similarities and differences between music and medicine.

Imperial's COVID 19 Response Team Across the Globe

Imperial College London
Map
Visit Website

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.

Bringing Nature to your Home

Flowers in a Glass Vase (1667) is the earliest-known signed work by the Dutch artist Jacob van Walscapelle. This striking still life explores the theme of transience, depicting a bouquet of fast-fading flowers. Ironically, the beauty of the painting itself had started to fade, as it had not been treated since it arrived at the V&A in 1900. A fascinating video of its transformation.

Weddell Sea Resources

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Map
Visit Website

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. ,

Time and Balance and a Dandelion Clock

The Royal Society of Sculptors
Map
Visit Website

In the last entry in the Royal Society of Sculptors' series of blogposts written by their Trustees whilst in lockdown, Richard Stone FRSS considers time and balance through the medium of a dandelion clock - a perfect, timeless form.

Online

Try this at home

Online
Natural History Museum
Map
Visit Website

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.

Free Online

Climate Talks

Throughout 2021
Science Museum
Map
Visit Website

Join the Science Museum throughout 2021 for Climate Talks, a series of streamed panel discussions, Q&As and events exploring the problems caused by climate change. The first of the series begins with Climate Change: Why should we care?

EU 2020: The Goethe-Institut for Europe

Goethe-Institut
Map
Visit Website

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.

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.

Online

RBKC Libraries online

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Map
Visit Website

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.

Five Brilliant History Resources for Home Schooling

Kensington Palace
Map
Visit Website

Stepping into a teacher's shoes, even for a short time, may be daunting, especially if it feels like centuries since you were in the classroom yourself. But don't panic! Historic Royal Palaces has lots of ideas and resources online to help your children continue exploring history without having to step outside the front door.

Online

NHM Collections: 80 million specimens

Natural History Museum
Map
Visit Website

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.

Online

Hang out with the NHM Nature Team

Online
Natural History Museum
Map
Visit Website

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.

Image credit: Earth Photo (C) Ruan Kezhuang 'Fingerprints Of The Earth'
Creative

Earth Photo Competition 2020: A Climate of Change

Online
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Map
Visit Website

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.

Stories of Everyday Technology

Science Museum
Map
Visit Website

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.

Online

Geography in the News

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Map
Visit Website

Resources to support recent geographical stories in the press. Suitable for Key Stages 1-5.

Online

Imperial Events online

Imperial College London
Map
Visit Website

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!

Curated datasets

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Map
Visit Website

The RGS has created ten curated datasets, on a variety of topics, to help teachers guide students in the use of open datasets. The principles behind these resources can be applied by teachers and students to other relevant open datasets. Suitable for key stages 3, 4 and 5.

Online

RGS online exhibitions

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Map
Visit Website

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

Can you design a colour-changing object?

Design Museum Kensington
Map
Visit Website

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!

Talking Culture: Why Theatre Matters Right Now?

Goethe-Institut
Map
Visit Website

The Goethe-Institut's popular podcasts regularly feature a dynamic and thought-provoking selection of exclusive interviews and debates. Kris Nelson, Artist Director of LIFT discusses 'why does theatre matter right now?' against a background of rising right-wing parties, and the current challenges of COVID-19.

Photography

Wildlife Photographer of the Year From Home

Natural History Museum
Map
Visit Website

The NHM is inviting all you budding photographers to explore nature on your doorstep. It could be from your balcony or in your back garden. Share your snaps with them on Instagram and inspire others - and stay safe! #WPYFromHome.

Developing a vaccine for COVID-19

Imperial College London
Map
Visit Website

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.

The Royal Parks are Coming to You!

Hyde Park
Map
Visit Website

Not everyone can come to the Royal Parks right now, so they want to bring the Royal Parks to you. Be prepared to escape into the nature, heritage and beauty of these incredible green spaces from the comfort of your own home.

Lucy Worsley's Royal Photo Album

Kensington Palace
Map
Visit Website

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.

Young Design Museum for Schools

Design Museum Kensington
Map
Visit Website

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.

Kids

Leighton House Create & Make

Saturday & Sunday
10am to 5:30pm; last entry at 4:30pm
Leighton House Museum
Map
Visit Website

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!

Total Darkness

Science Museum
Map
Visit Website

Discover more about how science and maths affect the world around us with the Science Museum's free games, and apps. Spring your way through 30 obstacle levels on Launchball or test your own all-terrain space rover.in Rugged Rovers. For early learners through to KS4.

Bottle Tops & Bubbles

Science Museum
Map
Visit Website

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.

The Great Exhibition Virtual Tour

Hyde Park
Map
Visit Website

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.

Table Top Sculpture

The Royal Society of Sculptors
Map
Visit Website

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!

Shaping Science

Science Museum
Map
Visit Website

In the Science Museum’s new Shaping Science series, meet the artisans who are using a mix of traditional and modern techniques to create beautiful hand-made scientific instruments from a replica seventeenth century globe to a brass sundial and clock wheel.

Online

Resources for Schools online

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Map
Visit Website

Geography teachers and students: now that your lessons have moved online, why not check out RGS' fascinating case studies and articles that link directly to key stages and course content? From the carbon and water cycles to geopolitics and development, they have a resource to help you learn.

Image credit: “Earth Speakr” by Olafur Eliasson
Free Online

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

Sept-Dec 2020
Online
Goethe-Institut
Map
Visit Website

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.

Back to Earth: By Leaves We Listen

Serpentine
Map
Visit Website

How can botanical knowledge support practices of ecological and personal healing? Victoria Sin and Lucia Pietroiusti co-host a round table with Emma Nicolson from Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh with artists Keg de Souza, Nabihah Iqbal and botanist Greg Kenicer. Featuring sound works by Rachel Pimm and Keg de Souza.

Online

Cosmonauts: birth of the space age

Science Museum
Map
Visit Website

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..

The Great Exhibition²

Great Exhibition Road Festival
Map
Visit Website

The Great Exhibition² is an innovative new STEM project, delivered by Imperial College London and Big Ideas, inviting young people across London to enter their own ‘Incredible Innovations’ for a chance to showcase them at The Great Exhibition Road Festival.

Outdoors

Learn about Nature

Onsite & Online
The Royal Parks
Map
Visit Website

With the climate crisis more urgent than ever, The Royal Parks’ Learning team and partners are playing a vital role in raising awareness and encouraging individuals to do all they can to be a hero for nature.

Free Online

Great object hunt: out and about

Online
Science Museum
Map
Visit Website

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.

Free Online

How to press flowers

Online
Natural History Museum
Map
Visit Website

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?

Free Online

Beetle-mania

Online
The Royal Parks
Map
Visit Website

Learn about insect body parts by looking at the uk’s largest invertebrate: the stag beetle! Rebuild the beetle by drawing its pieces in the correct places. Suitable for ages 5-11.

Kids
Family
Free Online

Wreck Your Tech

Online
Science Museum
Map
Visit Website

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.

Kids

South Ken Kids Festival 2021

Mon 15-Sun 21 November 2021
Times vary
Institut français
Map
Visit Website

Brilliantly bilingual throughout, the South Ken Kids Festival is an occasion to highlight children’s writing, illustration, translation, and children’s books in all their glory. It includes workshops with illustrators, talks with authors, film screenings, as well as performance, translation, film-making and virtual reality labs.