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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: https://www.kettlesyard.co.uk 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 https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000gg21/the-royal-ballet-mayerling

Gail kindly sent the following suggestions:

The Royal Academy is ‘virtually open’ with a wealth of exhibits and videos for visitors to enjoy. See: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/news-and-blog

Likewise, Tate invites us to ‘Discover Art’ at: https://www.tate.org.uk/art

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: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/?queueittoken=e_safetyevent25mar20~q_5f4edd8f-bf0d-453d-9121-557fd4138a17~ts_1585650622~ce_true~rt_safetynet~h_a29c7d6fc3a041addb29158ac68a5bbdfe3b9a7b0718d75a230f9b495359fb87

For something completely different discover London Transport Museum at home using the following link: https://news.ltmuseumshop.co.uk/u/gm.php?prm=6fNG2bwuIR_568212386_7188362_24731

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: https://www.timeout.com/london/news/the-globe-is-streaming-a-shakespeare-play-for-free-every-fortnight-and-34-foreign-language-productions-033020 The Royal Opera House has a programme of free online content for the culturally curious at home:
https://www.roh.org.uk/news/the-royal-opera-house-launches-a-programme-of-free-online-content-for-the-culturally-curious-at-home?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020_March_Free_Content_Announcement_Public_Ask&utm_content=version_A&emailsource=49912

Metopera New York are now putting selected back-recordings on-line free (access by computer, unless your TV can access their app or website).
See: https://www.metopera.org/season/on-demand/
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:
https://artsandculture.google.com/
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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE6VVJ3hvv8
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: https://www.skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam/italia/toscana/firenze/piazza-signoria.html  (Hercules has been turned off!)
(2017) Taormina: https://www.skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam/italia/sicilia/messina/taormina.html

Smithsonian free images
The Smithsonian has released nearly 3 million high-definition online free-to-use images. See this collection at:
https://www.si.edu/OpenAccess
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.
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