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!

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Resources for Schools online

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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.

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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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The Coronavirus

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The coronavirus is an extreme form of the flu which attacks the respiratory system, making the young and the old particularly vulnerable. Aimed at Key Stage 3, 4, 5 pupils.

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The future of Venice

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Venice is one of the best known and most visited historic cities in the world. The 60,000 daily visitors far outweigh its inhabitants, creating demographic and environmental challenges. Can Venice be sustained as a living city for its residents? Suitable for Key Stage 4 and 5 students.

Curated datasets

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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.

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RGS online lectures

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

Australian wildfires

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What has been happening in Australia? The 2019/2020 fire season has seen abnormally high temperatures, searing heat and vast wildfires, which are still raging out of control. The severity of the wildfires are a consequence of global warming with ‘climatic extremes’ now being widely forecast around the world.

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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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Geography in the News

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

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.

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Why do Clouds have Names?

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Did you know that all clouds are named and classified using a system invented in 1803 by amateur meteorologist Luke Howard? In this film, Alex Lathbridge talks to curator Alex Rose and finds out why Howard named the clouds and what he called them. Take a closer look at Howard's cloud illustrations (as seen in the video) on the Science Museum Group Collection website Clouds.

Tea, Trains & Toyotas

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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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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

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The theme for this year's Earth Photo competition is 'A Climate of Change'. Calling all photographers and filmmakers of any age and ability, submit your work inspired by People, Place, Nature, and Changing Forests. The deadline has been extended to 2 June 2020.

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Nature Live online: Plastic in the Thames

Live stream 28 April
12 noon
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Watch environmental scientist Alex McGoran and take a virtual trip down the Thames to discover how plastic is affecting the animals that call the river home.

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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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How to Make Your Own Nature Journal

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Keeping a nature journal is a great way to record any nature you see, from plants in the park to a spider in your living room. If you keep up the habit, you will quickly build up a record of your local wildlife and surroundings. Your findings could even help scientists monitor wildlife changes.

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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.

Five Brilliant History Resources for Home Schooling

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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.

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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.

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!

Why have oil prices fallen below zero?

Imperial College London
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The COVID-19 induced turmoil included US oil prices turning negative for the first time in history. Experts from Imperial have provided analysis of the global downturn in the price of oil.

DIY Musical Instruments - Banjo

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The Design Museum has the ideal solution to keep your little ones entertained while stimulating their creative juices - and all you need are every day objects found around the home.

Talking Culture: Why Theatre Matters Right Now?

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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.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year From Home

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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.

Helping young people understand COVID-19

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A research team from Imperial College London, whose COVID-19 model influenced the UK Government's decisions, has written a version aimed at teenagers. Working with Science Journal for Kids, the article comes with lesson ideas, questions, a teacher’s key and a glossary of scientific words with their meanings explained.

V&A Open Call for Homemade Signs & Rainbow Drawings

From rainbow drawings and shop signs to hand-written notes, the V&A is collecting signs created by individuals and communities in response to the current isolation measures, and to create and preserve a rich portrait of life under lockdown expressed through visual imagery. Submit your designs to homemadesigns@vam.ac.uk

Shaping Science

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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.

Everyday Science

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This year the Science Museum is celebrating the science of everyday objects through a new series of online stories. So grab a cuppa and settle down to learn about that mid-century icon, the Teasmade, or explore the illuminating story of how electric lighting transformed our homes.

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.

Disease-carrying mosquitoes could be common in Europe by 2030

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Climate change could mean mosquitoes that can carry diseases like dengue, zika and yellow fever become established in southern Europe within 10 years, reveals a new study from Imperial College London.

Imperial geoscientists complete UK's first MSc virtual field trip

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When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, 35 MSc Petroleum Geoscience students were determined to ensure their field trip to the Pyrenees mountain range still went ahead in an entirely new format, in what is thought to be the first in a UK university setting at Master's level.

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!

Design Your Own Kokeshi Doll Competition

Deadline 1 June 2020
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In celebration of Children's Day, Japan House is launching a kokeshi design competition. Kokeshi are painted wooden dolls, made by local craftspeople and characterised by their elongated, limbless bodies and large heads. Design your own kokeshi either digitially or

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.

Coronavirus: From R to lifting lockdown

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Roger Highfield, Science Director, explains why the fate of the nation rests on a seemingly simple number R - the ‘reproduction number' - and the cornerstone of the Government’s lockdown policies. Another great read.

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.

Total Darkness

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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.

WCC Libraries Book of the Week: Normal People by Sally Rooney

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Every week Westminster libraries will be posting their #BookoftheWeek. This week's book is Normal People by Sally Rooney - and to make it even easier you can download a copy from cloudLibrary with your library card.

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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!

Britain's Intelligence & Mental Health

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In the latest Imperial College podcast, hear about Britain’s intelligence and mental health, COVID-19’s impact on primary care, and a sustainable economic recovery after the pandemic.

In search of a 'lost' house in Bangladesh

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70 years after Partition, Shreyashi Dasgupta goes in search of her grandfather's old home. A tale that explores the idea that even the greatest moments in history are played out in small, intimate, human dramas. One of many fascinating podcasts you can watch with the Royal Geographical Society.

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.

Second Sister

12 June
6pm
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Reserve your spot every Friday with Kensington & Chelsea Libraries' Book of the Week. This week Chan Ho-Kei’s Second Sister is up for discussion; part-thriller, part-detective, it's a tale of sexual harassment, internet bullying, and youth suicide.

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.

The Royal Parks are Coming to You!

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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.

Mystery of the hairy anglerfish's huge stomach

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This is a hairy anglerfish, one of only 17 discovered so far. This specimen is particularly intriguing because it has a huge expanded stomach. Scientists didn't want to cut it open and damage the specimen so instead used a CT scanner to discover what was inside.

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.

Virus death toll could have been 3.1 Million

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Lockdown and school closures in Europe may have prevented 3.1m deaths. This is the conclusion of a modelling study from Imperial College London scientists, published online in Nature today, which suggests that lockdown measures have been sufficient to control the growth of the epidemic.

Young Designers Redesign Your Own Kitchen

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Watch curator Alex talk about the world’s first fitted kitchen, made to fit the room perfectly - and then have a go at designing your own.

Dinosaur-killing Asteroid Struck Earth at 'Deadliest Possible' Angle

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New simulations from Imperial College London have revealed the asteroid that doomed the dinosaurs struck Earth at the 'deadliest possible' angle. Such a strike likely unleashed billions of tonnes of sulphur, blocking the sun and triggering the nuclear winter that killed the dinosaurs and 75 per cent of life on Earth 66 million years ago.

Somebody Give this Heart a Pen

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In times like these, the reflective space poetry offers can give respite to breathe and recharge. Every day this week book suggestions from Westminster Libraries' staff will be highlighted. All the books are available for free on their cloud library service with your membership card.

Eco Living

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Punk Science man Dan shows us how to save energy and resources and look cool at the same time (well, almost!)…

Ear Gong

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Do you kids like making noise? Using a kind of gong made from a coat hanger and some string, this activity investigates how sound travels, The gong makes a surprising and intriguing sound – but only when you have your fingers in your ears.

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.

How does Music affect my Brain?

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Everyone has their own favourite tunes, songs that make their mind drift off into daydreams or remind them of a particular time in their lives. But what happens when we listen to music we like? Or more accurately, how do our brains respond to music even if we claim not to like it?

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.

From a billion COVID vaccines to its impact on emerging economies

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In Imperial's latest edition of podcasts, we find out how to make a billion COVID-19 vaccines, why women feel unsafe on public transport, and how emerging economies fare under COVID-19.

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 Sense of an Ending

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RBKC Libraries Book of the Week is Julian Barne's exquisitely written The Sense of an Ending. Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at an all boys' school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they traded affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Now Tony is retired. He's had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He's certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer's letter is about to prove.

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Michael Murpogo Live online

Mon 29th June - Fri 3 July
5pm
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A wonderful opportunity to see and listen to Michael Morpurgo each day as he reads an extract from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince, accompanied by Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Okri, Jade Anouka, Ruth Wilson & Thereal Nihal. Stay for the discussion afterwards othe timeless themes of this classic tale that still resonate today, from writing in times of crisis to the importance of cross-cultural relationships between countries to celebrate lasting creativity.

Back to Earth: By Leaves We Listen

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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.

Westminster Libraries Book of the Week: The Handmaid's Tale

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Did you know... Atwood was known to carry around newspaper clippings to demonstrate The Handmaid’s Tale’s basis in reality. Set in New England in the near future, Atwood posits a Christian fundamentalist theocratic regime in the former United States that arose as a response to a fertility crisis. Free to download with your library card.

Why some communities at higher risk of COVID 19

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In his latest blog exploring the science of coronavirus, Science Director Roger Highfield speaks to Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the Institute of Health Equity at UCL, about why some communities are at higher risk of COVID-19.

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.

Time and Balance and a Dandelion Clock

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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.

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. ,

Connected

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Connected is an experiment set out to explore how designers and craftspeople adapt their working practices during lockdown. Nine international designers have been challenged to create a table and seating, that is personal to them, for home living and working. The resulting pieces will be shown at the Design Museum when the museum re-opens to the public.

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.

Trumpet Masterclass with Håkan Hardenberger

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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.

This Time Last Year

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This time last year hundreds of staff, students and volunteers were getting ready to host the Great Exhibition Road Festival. We’re sorry Covid-19 means we can’t do it all again this year but it means we’re even more excited about 2021. Meanwhile, relive some of the highlights of last year here.

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.

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.

Why Tummy Bugs are so Good at Swimming

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Researchers have solved the mystery of why a species of bacteria that causes food poisoning can swim faster in stickier liquids, such as within guts. The findings could potentially help scientists halt the bacteria in its tracks,

Could Plastic Become a Thing of the Past?

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The Shellworks, founded by Imperial College London graduates Insiya Jafferjee, Amir Afshar and Edward Jones, won the Venture Catalyst Challenge 2020 for their invention which turns waste crustacean shells into biodegradable, composable products that can be used as an alternative to plastic. 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste has been created on earth to date but might now become a thing of the past.

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Lets Make Wednesdays - Redesign Everyday Objects!

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Every Wednesday, the V&A team challenges you to use design to think cretively abour your world. What can you fix, improve and iterate? Don’t forget to share your design remixes with them. Let’s make Wednesdays more creative!

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#OEKOROPA Competition

Rapid Developer Response Friday 31 July 2020
Final Proposals Deadline 1 Oct 2020
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Imagine a world where you can travel without impacting the environment. #Oekoropa is a competition for teachers and pupils who are invited to create innovative proposals for a climate-neutral journey across Europe. Got some ideas? Send them to the Goethe-Institut and get your trip funded!

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On the Road

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As part of Leighton House’s Learning from Home programme, they have just launched On the Road, a collection of films and travelogues featuring beautiful performances by exceptional musicians, to celebrate Leighton’s love of travel and music. Be inspired by the artworks Leighton collected and the sketches and paintings he made whilst abroad to get creative at home.

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Make a Volcanoe

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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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The World's Biggest German Language Contest

3-7 August 2020
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The next Internationale Deutscholympiade #IDO2020, the world's biggest German language contest with more than 120 students from over 50 countries - including the UK! - will meet online for this year's finals.

Be Kind to your Parks

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The Royal Parks' 5,000 acres of historic green spaces have been a haven during these extraordinary times, a place to hang out with family and friends, exercise or simply unwind. But their popularity has produced an astonishing 258 tonnes of trash equivalent to 20 London buses! This summer the Royal Parks are asking everyone to spread some kindness and help look after our precious green spaces. Spread the word!

Coronavirus: Why minority ethnic groups suffer more

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Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London, talks to Science Director Roger Highfield about why some communities are at higher risk of COVID-19. His pioneering studies of civil servants revealed how, as you move down the social hierarchy to an office messenger, your risk of illness and death rises.

Brainwaves of Formula E World Champion on Top Gear Race Track

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For the first time, a new study simultaneously tracks brain activity, eye movements and body movements of a pro race car driver in extreme conditions. The Imperial College London research team worked with Formula E World Champion Lucas di Grassi to compare how his brain and body reacted to steep curves and straight segments of the Top Gear race track under wet and rainy conditions. The results, published in Scientific Reports, could help explain how experts in physical tasks have tuned their bodies to react.

Closest-ever images of the Sun reveal ‘campfires’ near the surface

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The Solar Orbiter spacecraft has unveiled its first images, including what appear to be ubiquitous miniature solar flares. The ‘campfire’ flares may solve a longstanding mystery about our star: why its outer atmosphere is hotter than its surface.

Has the coronavirus pandemic affected our eating habits?

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How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted upon what and how we eat? In a new Imperial Stories feature, Imperial College London experts explain how our diets have been affected by COVID-19.

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Learn French @ The Institut français

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The Institut français' online French courses have proved so popular that they are continuing through July and August. There's still time to sign up and there's a great choice: if you're an early bird, a night owl or a determined intensive learner, their timetable can accommodate all!

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The end of the pier show?

11 August 2020
7pm-8pm
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Seaside pleasure piers are unique heritage assets and flagship tourism attractions at Britain’s coastal resorts. But piers are increasingly under threat: climate change, rising costs of maintenance and repair of these ageing structures, funding issues and a global pandemic all present challenges to their future longevity.