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Charlotte suggested the Virtual tour of Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge for those who went on the visit last year, and want to see it again or if you missed the visit: and also some of their other interesting exhibits.

Also, the wonderful ballet ‘Mayerling’, the Kenneth MacMillan production by the Royal Ballet about the ill-fated Crown Prince Rudolf.

It is on iPlayer for 2 more weeks

Gail kindly sent the following suggestions:

The Royal Academy is ‘virtually open’ with a wealth of exhibits and videos for visitors to enjoy. See:

Likewise, Tate invites us to ‘Discover Art’ at:

The National Theatre is to show free full length plays every Thursday on YouTube, starting on 2 April with One Man, Two Guvnors starring James Corden. Visit:

For something completely different discover London Transport Museum at home using the following link:

Time Out magazine has suggestions for ‘the best things to do at home right now’. For example, The Globe is streaming a play for free every fortnight. See: The Royal Opera House has a programme of free online content for the culturally curious at home:

Metopera New York are now putting selected back-recordings on-line free (access by computer, unless your TV can access their app or website).
There are more operas available on the Metopera TV and Roku apps (if you don’t know what this means, you probably don’t have them!)

Google’s Arts and Culture information. It is focused on giving information and education. It has no advertising (and is undoubtably there to improve Google’s online ‘image’).You can access it at:
People and topics recently covered include William Morris, Frida Karlo, Vermeer, Recopolis, Tate Britain – and new topics are covered almost daily. Some of the images are outstanding, as you would expect from such artists, and Google. Although a Google initiative, it is free!

In these times, the (absent) numbers of people in Venice is a good touchstone. A streaming (live) webcam of the Grand Canal entrance is at:
This shows how few people are there – normally it is packed, and boats zooming about. There are other Venice webcams to look at but this one gives the best appreciation of lack of activity/people.
NB – if you put your cursor over the bottom right hand part of the image, and click on the right-most square (‘fullscreen’) it will do just that, and show a full screen image. To get back to the small image, press ‘esc’ (top left on your keyboard).
There are many more live webcams of Italy (in fact Italy is particularly well covered) – especially relevant for those that have been on our Italian trips. Here are a couple:
(2020) Florence:  (Hercules has been turned off!)
(2017) Taormina:

Smithsonian free images
The Smithsonian has released nearly 3 million high-definition online free-to-use images. See this collection at:
The problem is, with 3 million, where do you start?. This is the largest (by far) collection of free museum images realised to date. Obviously something for everyone.

Sian Walters has sent us the following information on further material, including her Monday morning Facebook talks, and there are also a couple of recorded talks available on the website:
It’s on my work FB page ART HISTORY IN FOCUS

To access them live every Monday at 9.30am it’s
and they can comment and chat with me after if they have a FB account

To register for my online lectures and courses it’s then

Mary Alexander, our intended June lecturer, has kindly suggested we look at her ‘Art Bites’ produced for her local society. Especially poignant is one on Raoul Dufy then on ‘lockdown’ in the south of France!

The Arts Society has been very active creating a series of short lectures from well-known lecturers. They have already posted two excellent lectures: Las Meninas by Dr Jacqueline Cockburn and Venice dressed & undressed by Sarah Dunant. Coming up on 5th May is a new lecture from Mark Hill, who you may recall spent a wonderful day informing us all about 20th Century glass. His website  is also fascinating.
Nicola Moorby will be lecturing on 19th May. These can all found at
While there, explore the blogs from Florian Schweizer (CEO of the Arts Society) and the forum found at the top of the home page.

Gail has suggested several interesting websites and I have selected a few:
Royal Academy showing what should be their current exhibition of Léon Spilliaert click here and the film ‘Exhibition on Screen’ on David Hockney click here And finally the wittily renamed TimeOutIn which presents a very comprehensive review of free and paid-for shows and events click here

On an Italian theme I can recommend:
The Uffizi offers a great selection of its most famous pictures. There are also unusual on-line exhibitions:
The role of black Africans in its collections ; and a very unusual perspective of the viewer of the artwork called Grand Turismo
The Sistine chapel can be seen without the crowds or neck ache See the Titians exhibited at the National Gallery with a talk by the curator

Finally Charlotte recommends a touching and inspirational YouTube video featuring ballet dancers of Opéra National de Paris in their homes. See: