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Here's your latest guide to the brilliant digital content from London's arts and science district.  Our doors may be shut but our mission to share inspiration and knowledge continues.  Read on for fun and creative ideas to entertain and distract youngsters and find an escape route for all ages through thought-provoking talks, live music, virtual tours, bespoke language courses, and a wealth of digital books and magazines.

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From Sticky Notes to Sculptors!
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors has some great videos to inspire and challenge! Create your own masterpiece using sticky notes, paper, in fact anything you can find. Great fun!
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Anno's Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa
 
Japan House London
 
Japan House launches their first virtual exhibition, 'Anno’s Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa', showcasing the lifeworks of the beloved story teller and illustrator. A captivating and sensory experience.
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Royal Albert Home to Yours
 
Royal Albert Hall
 
From their living room to yours, a range of artists will be performing exclusively for you. Relax and enjoy singer-songwriter KT Tunstall or set sail with the Sea Shambles, listen to the rich vocals of This is Kit or entertain your little ones to the sounds of Jazz for Kids, with many more acts to follow.
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LetsMakeWednesdays - Accessibility
 
V&A
 
Every Wednesday, the V&A has some exciting ideas to nurture your creativity. Making our world safe and inclusive to all people is a key part of design. This week's challenge is to design something in your home or your community to be more accessible, like this tactile paving slab.
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Institut français: Learn French online
 
Institut français
 
Have you always wanted to learn French but never had the time? Or felt self-conscious amongst a group of strangers in a classroom? Well now you have no excuses! The Institut français has a dedicated team of native speakers who can teach you one-to-one - or even with a group of friends. Work at your own pace and really enjoy learning again. C'est si facile!
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Hang out with the NHM Nature Team
 
Natural History Museum
 
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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Hidden Stories of The Royal Parks
 
The Royal Parks
 
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.
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Can you design a colour-changing object?
 
Design Museum Kensington
 
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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Earth Photo Competition 2020
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
 
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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Have fun learning German
 
Goethe-Institut
 
Want to learn German while social distancing? The Goethe-Institut London's next online group course gets underway on 30 April, providing you with a flexible way to learn #GermanforReal with like-minded people, from the comfort of your home!
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Five Brilliant History Resources for Home Schooling
 
Kensington Palace
 
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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How to Make Your Own Nature Journal
 
Natural History Museum
 
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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Ismaili Centre London Celebrates 35 Years
 
The Ismaili Centre
 
Nestled among the iconic museums and institutions of South Kensington, the Ismaili Centre with its distinctive architecture, offers an oasis of calm and harmony. Find out more about its beautiful interiors and stunning roof terrace and its history over the last 35 years.
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Why have oil prices fallen below zero?
 
Imperial College London
 
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.
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Coronavirus: Exit strategies
 
Science Museum
 
Who is going to win the war on COVID-19? When will the pandemic be over? Roger Highfield, Science Director, outlines the science of lockdowns and how to end the pandemic. A fascinating and thought-provoking analysis.
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Book of the Week
 
Westminster Libraries
 
Every week Westminster libraries will be posting their #BookoftheWeek, and to make it even easier, you can download a copy from cloudLibrary with your library card. This week's book is Animal Farm by George Orwell. T.S. Eliot, then director of Faber and Faber, refused to publish Animal Farm due to its treatment of Trotskyism.
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RBKC Libraries online
 
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
 
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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Discover South Kensington is an initiative of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, a partnership of the cultural and educational organisations in and around Exhibition Road, South Kensington.

Our partners include:
 
The Design Museum
Goethe-Institut
Imperial College London
Institut franҫais
The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Estates
Royal College of Art
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Royal College of Music
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The Royal Parks
Serpentine Galleries
The Science Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
 
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