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Heritage from home: February

As we find ourselves back in lockdown, the vast quantity of resources available online seems more valuable than ever. Amy Brunskill has put together a selection of some of the many ways you can get involved in archaeology, history, and heritage from home, to help you explore the past until museums and heritage sites are able to open once more.

Discover a range of craft ideas and online games, with options from cultural crosswords to medieval recipes that are sure to entertain the whole family, or get stuck into archaeology- and history-related film and TV โ€“ there are plenty of exciting new releases.

MUSEUMS

Photo: Ansgar Koreng CC BY-SA 3.0 (DE),

German Historical Museum, Berlin, Germany
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/ deutsches-historisches-museum?hl=en
Take a virtual trip to the German Historical Museum and explore online exhibits covering topics like โ€˜Colonial Historiesโ€™ and โ€˜Images of Migrationโ€™, or simply walk around using Google Street View.

Searching for Shakespeare
https://searchingforshakespeare.co.uk
Explore the archaeological discoveries shedding light on the life of William Shakespeare in this new virtual exhibition, which showcases the artefacts found at the site of his family home.

Tantra: Enlightenment to Revolution
www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5jOGh6j7T0
Enjoy an online tour of the British Museumโ€™s recent Tantra exhibition, led by the curator, Imma Ramos, and find out more about this revolutionary philosophy.

Museum of the Sakitama Ancient Burial Mounds, Gyoda, Japan
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/ museum-of-the-sakitama-ancient-burial-mounds?hl=en
Learn more about the ancient burial mounds of the Sakitama Kofun Cluster, with online exhibitions displaying artefacts found during excavations and a virtual tour of the museum.

Tenement Museum, New York, USA
www.tenement.org/digital-exhibits
Find a range of digital exhibitions and virtual events on the Tenement Museumโ€™s website exploring the history of immigrants, refugees, and immigration to New York.

Archaeological and Ethnological Museum of Cรณrdoba, Spain
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/ museo-arqueologico-de-cordoba?hl=en
Enjoy several online exhibits introducing the artefacts in the museumโ€™s collection, covering themes including home and private life, funerary rituals, and prehistoric Cรณrdoba.

HERITAGE/ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES

Gjellestad, Norway
https://gjellestadstory.no
Enjoy this digital reconstruction, which takes you on a journey through the story of human activity at the site of Gjellestad, where a Viking ship burial has been discovered (see p.11).

Sights of Wonder
https://sightsofwonder.barber.org.uk
Delve into this selection of photographs of ancient landmarks taken by Francis Bedford during the 1862 Royal Tour.

Antonine Wall, Scotland
www.antoninewall.org/map
Travel across the Antonine Wall and find out more about the forts, camps, and other sites along the Roman frontier in Scotland with this interactive map.

Photos Wikimedia Commons, Justin Vidamo.

Bagan, Myanmar
https://artsexperiments.withgoogle.com/bagan
Find out how digital conservation is being used to preserve the ancient cityโ€™s temples, which were damaged during an earthquake in 2016.

Toffee Hammer Listings, United Kingdom
https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/toffee- hammer-listings-officially-recognised-sites-of-protest- and-sabotage/LAJyiNKSGkJkJA
Discover more than 40 sites that witnessed acts of protest and sabotage by the suffragettes in this online exhibition of images from the Historic England Archive.

Olympia, Greece
http://yougoculture.com/virtual-tour/olympia
Explore the ancient Greek ruins of buildings like the Stadium, Gymnasium, and Temples of Zeus and Hera, and learn more about the myths surrounding this celebrated ceremonial and sporting site.

Mahabalipuram, India
https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/ mahabalipuram-sculpture-by-the-sea/fgLC5vhuL90aJA
Take a tour of the monuments that make up the complex of Mahabalipuram with this exploration of the ancient Indian architecture and sculptures of the World Heritage Site.

EVENTS AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

That JORVIK Viking Thing
www.jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk/whats-on/ that-jorvik-viking-thing-2021
Get involved in this online festival hosted by JORVIK Viking Centre, with live-streamed events, saga-telling, a virtual tour around the Centre, and more, between 15 and 20 February.

Roman Life โ€“ Gladiators
www.thecolchesterarchaeologist.co.uk
Enjoy this talk from Richard Bale at the Colchester Archaeological Trust, looking at the reasons why gladiators were both admired and despised by the Romans.

Homeschool History
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000hmmf
Discover more about historical topics from Pocahontas to the Battle of Hastings in this show from Greg Jenner of Horrible Histories, with accompanying online resources.

MyLearning
www.mylearning.org
Find an array of learning resources from heritage organisations across the UK, ranging from a guide to Egyptian mummification to the stories of Victorian coal miners.

Playing in the Past
https://playing-in-the-past.com/home-3/playing-in-the-past
Explore how past worlds are represented and experienced digitally. In 2021, this broadcast will focus on the video game Assassinโ€™s Creed: Origins, set in ancient Egypt.

Photo: Paul Shreeve.

Lynn Museum
www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/ lynn-museum/whats-on
Find online events from this Norfolk museum, including โ€˜Quiz a Characterโ€™ Zoom webinars.

PODCASTS AND RADIO

Revolutionary Women
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07symy2
Find out more about the female warriors, scientists, and visionaries who changed the world, from Dido of Carthage to Christina of Sweden, in this series of episodes from The Forum.

People. Change. Museums
https://one-by-one.uk/2020/11/03/ people-change-museums-podcast
Discover this new podcast, which looks at the relationship between museums and technology, and the challenges they are currently facing.

When in Rome
https://soundcloud.com/wheninromepodcast
Delve into a podcast that explores place and space in the Roman Empire, visiting sites across the Roman world.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Museum Secrets
https://ashmolean.org/museum-secrets
This new podcast from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, offers an insight into the life of the museum and objects in its collections.

Sawbones
https://maximumfun.org/ podcasts/sawbones
While more recent instalments mostly focus on the current COVID-19 situation, there is a large back catalogue of episodes to take you on a fascinating tour of medical history over time.

We are History
https://play.acast.com/s/wearehistory
Enjoy this light-hearted history podcast, which looks at interesting and quirky stories from the past, ranging from East German nudism to โ€˜tulip feverโ€™ in 17th-century Amsterdam.

BLOGS AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Crash Course World History
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBDA2E52FB1EF80C9
View a series of fun, educational history videos on YouTube.

Photos: Phil Sangwell

Black Country Museum
www.tiktok.com/@blackcountrymuseum
These short videos from the living museum in Dudley, UK, bring Britainโ€™s early manufacturing history vividly to life.

DigVentures
https://digventures.com/2020/12/ our-most-exciting-archaeological-discoveries-of-2020/
Find out about DigVenturesโ€™ most exciting archaeological discoveries with this blogpost, which lists the highlights and the best finds of 2020.

Egyptology in Lockdown
www.mmfromhome.com/egyptology-in-lockdown
Curator Dr Campbell Price returns with more weekly videos exploring objects from the Egyptology collection of the Manchester Museum. You can watch live on Periscope, or catch up on the website.

#MysteryObjectMonday
https://twitter.com/hashtag/MysteryObjectMonday
Use Twitter to discover a wealth of weird and wonderful artefacts from museums and collections around the world.

Ancient City Travel Guide: Persepolis, 500 BC
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/ ancient-city-travel-guide-persepolis-500-bc
Take a trip back to ancient Persepolis, the capital of the Persian Achaemenid empire, in this post on the British Museumโ€™s blog.

CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES

Acropolis Museum Kids
www.acropolismuseumkids.gr/en/
Discover a selection of ancient Greek-themed games, videos, and activities; challenge your memory; or join an archaeological space mission trying to save the memory of ancient monuments.

Photo: A Savin.

Cultural Crosswords
https://artsandculture.google.com/experiment/ cultural-crosswords/JgGaXxGHVxpn4A?cp=e30
Try your hand at online crosswords whose clues are related to culture, art, and history in this Google Arts & Culture experiment.

Birmingham Museums and Gallery for Kids
www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/schools/bmag-for-kids
Choose from a variety of games and activities relating to different historical periods, from ancient Egypt to the Second World War.

How to Cook a Medieval Feast
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/how-to-cook-a-medieval-feast
Create a medieval feast at home with these 11 recipes from the Middle Ages, ranging from mixed pickles and mushroom pasties to lamb stew and cream custard tart.

History in Your Hands
http://archaeologymuseum.ca/crafts
Find more instructions and ideas for historical activities from the Museum of Ontario Archaeology, including pottery decoration, arrowhead keychains, and underwater archaeology.

Historic Environment Scotland: Medieval Fun for Families
www.historicenvironment.scot/learn/medieval-fun-for-families
Get the whole family to try out activities linked to a range of medieval jobs, from castle-building stonemasons and jousting knights to monks and nuns.

TV SHOWS

The Dig
www.netflix.com/gb/title/81167887
Enjoy this new film based on the novel by John Preston, which tells a reimagined version of the story of the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo. Available now on Netflix.

Lucy Worsleyโ€™s Royal Palace Secrets
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000qznd
Go behind the doors of three of Englandโ€™s royal palaces to find out how each building influenced the monarchy and changed the course of British history.

Photos: Wikimedia Commons, Duncan Harris

Egyptโ€™s Great Mummies: Unwrapped
www.channel5.com/show/ egypts-great-mummies-unwrapped-with-bettany-hughes
Join Bettany Hughes as she explores the stories contained in ten of Egyptโ€™s most intriguing mummies.

African Renaissance: When Art Meets Power
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000lwf5
Explore the histories of Ethiopia, Senegal, and Kenya in this three-part documentary series which examines the art, music, and culture of these countries on their own terms.

Walking Hadrianโ€™s Wall with Robson Green
www.channel5.com/show/hadrians-wall-with-robson-green
Travel the length of Hadrianโ€™s Wall through a series in which Robson Green makes the 84-mile journey from Wallsend on the east coast of England to Bowness in the west.

Victorian Sensations
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0005h7g
Discover the science and technology that transformed society in the 1890s and find out more about this decade of rapid change.