Living, working and writing in the rainy city of Manchester.
Published July 8th 2020
Enjoy a virtual visit to the museum from your couch
Are you missing museums as much as me? I used to love wandering around a museum in 'the olden days' AKA before March and taking in some culture and escaping the busy city.
Lockdown put an end to my aimless museum wanderings - at least temporarily and whilst many places are beginning to open up museums and other cultural spaces are not yet able to open in the UK.
Enjoy a virtual visit to the museum
This doesn't mean you have to miss out though, there is a way to get your cultural fix in quarantine via the Manchester Museum's new website Manchester Museum in Quarantine.
The heritage fairies were clearly at work bringing some at home content to people like me who are really missing visiting interesting places and learning new things.
Lots of digital content has been uploaded to this mobile site and there really is something for everyone. Here are a few of the amazing topics covered:
Online Exhibitions and Displays The next best thing to seeing the historical artifacts in person is getting to browse a collection online complete with descriptions and history. If you've visited the museum before you'll get to see your favourites along with brief histories of each piece. If you are yet to visit the museum in person this online catalogue will inspire you to visit in person once the world returns to some sort of normality and we can once again have a day trip to take in some culture. The things they didn't teach us section is probably my favourite. Here you can learn more about the Black Lives Matter Movement and the history of slavery along with other hidden histories often not taught in traditional education. It is a nice change for a museum to be exhibiting a diversity of histories. This is definitely the place to learn something new.
Families and Homeschooling is a great resource for anyone trying to teach children at home. Having downloadable resources, activities, and detailed histories to follow along with will be valuable to parents and guardians everywhere.
I really enjoyed the Museum in Quarantine website, I think it's a great way to keep people interesting in cultural locations and helps inspire, educate and interest people before re-opening. I am definitely looking forward to museums opening up and being able to visit when it's safer but in the meantime, this is a nice option.