Online resources – heritage & the arts

… things you can do while staying at home or near to home – READ, LISTEN, LOOK, WATCH, DO, CONTRIBUTE.  Including:

  • history, heritage, museums, oral history, make history now
  • (SCROLL DOWN FOR) photography, film, video, storytelling, art, education

diving model in swimwearL ots of links, organised into categories. I haven’t checked all of them, so don’t vouch for their usability etc. Added to from time to time.

See also Online resources – places, nature, wildlife and Online resources – swim advice + exercise & health

Though not part of those projects, these links might be of interest while events are postponed, as many are relevant to Tales from the River and Healing Waters, which will look at the history and practical aspects of outdoor swimming – read more on the OS Brecks pages of this website. (These projects are part of The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme (BFER), supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.) And many are relevant to other projects in the BFER scheme.

history, heritage, museums, oral history, make history now
Norfolk Museums

Ancient House Museum

Twitter: @NorfolkRO or

Follow for regular interesting documents

Suffolk Record Office

Suffolk Stories

British Library Sounds Twitter: @BLSoundHeritage

Norfolk Record Office: Unlocking Our Sound Heritage – activity packs, learning resources, and games to help to keep kids entertained during lock down, and to assist parents who are home schooling.  Packs include: -Working as a Historian Activity Pack: A budding historian? Learn fascinating facts about Norfolk Record Office, discover the roles of historians and conservators, and learn about what an Indenture agreement is through fun quizzes and craft.

The Cold War in The Brecks

History: The people of the marshes of the Broads

Let’s get cultural and creative online – Suffolk Libraries

Swimwear and history,

Culture in Quarantine: Exhibition Tours: 2. Art Deco By The Sea – The Exhibition

East Anglia history

Norfolk history

Suffolk history 1846

@suffolkcc ‘s Archaeological Service has launched new Suffolk Heritage Explorer website at It’s a completely FREE resource of up-to-date information on the archaeology and history of Suffolk. The new website includes upgraded interactive map and a database of archaeological sites, to help discover more about Suffolk’s history from your own home, great for anyone wanting to research Brecks History

Grimes Graves

Breckland history and nature: Friends of Thetford Forest are unable to hold their annual late May bank holiday Open Day at the restored Mildenhall Warren Lodge and the nearby Rex Graham site, so here is a virtual introduction – a presentation based on their extensive archives. Shared Onedrive Power Point presentation which will work with most devices (even those without power-point installed): MWL VIRTUAL OPEN DAY.ppsx; Shared video with in mp4 format: More info:

River Nene stories

Free home screening of “The River Runs Through Us”, River Stour Festival

100 years of forestry

Oral history:

Forestry workers oral history

The George Ewart Evans Collection by oral history pioneer and folklorist George Ewart Evans, focuses on rural life in Suffolk and East Anglia from the 1880s and includes farming, fishing, malting and blacksmithing.

Industry: water, steel & energy and

About oral history

Swim oral history, River Ribble

Telling stories that explore and celebrate the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble

CONTRIBUTE: Make history now:

Suffolk Archives (@KeyToThePast): Build a brand new collection with a snapshot of your life in Suffolk during the Covid-19 outbreak

Collecting COVID-19: Cambridge University Library appeals for help in building a collaborative history of the coronavirus outbreak

Collaborate or just read the journal of our times

Advice on remote oral history interviewing now (only if essential)

photography, film, video, storytelling, art, education
Film archive

Photo archives

Photography now, including documenting the pandemic, the selfie, nature, and more

Nature photographer on Flickr

Storytelling from around the world

Storytelling, a parable for our times, and more (from Dave Tonge, Norfolk)

Storytelling – about, and links to,

Dave Tonge – oral storyteller, historian & author (@theyarnsmith) Medieval Folk Tales for Children – Virtual Book Launch, Tuesday 26th at 6.00 pm, hosted by the World Storytelling Café

Dave Tonge – oral storyteller, historian & author, @theyarnsmith, at virtual festival @LeighFolk, archived on the Leigh folk Festival YouTube channel, at 53 minutes in

David Hockney art for spring

Film, Hockney

Men wading in river, painting!/?q=men%2Bwading

Rivers of Norfolk art and walking project

Art Deco swimwear and more, exhibition at Sainsbury Centre, now in a video: Culture in Quarantine: Exhibition Tours: 2. Art Deco By The Sea – The Exhibition

Culture in Quarantine – BBC Arts

Virtual tour of museums in Singapore, together with guide to the museums

British Museum makes 1.9 million images available for free

BBC Bitesize: An A to Z of fun things to do without leaving the house

Home schooling resources (Google)

BBC home schooling resources

Free courses, Open University

Norfolk courses

Library and digital books

A compilation of culture online

Activities for Adults and for children

Online jigsaw puzzles, use your own photos

Literary Festival

Girlguiding activities

Also, see how The National Lottery Heritage Fund will be helping the heritage community weather the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – and recover in the future.

painting of spring tree
David Hockney art for spring