Virtual Enrichment – Resource Archive

Please find below an archive of resources previously found on our Virtual Enrichment page…

Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library

This exhibition will appeal to all Potter-fans. Although you can’t actually visit the exhibition, you can step into the world-famous library leaving a virtual footprint instead. Hosted on Google Arts and Culture, virtual visitors can look around the exhibition looking at the work of JK Rowling and its links to magic. Included in the exhibition is a celestial globe, Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebook, and the oldest atlas of the night sky, as well as a guide to “muggle magic” and a look at the artistry behind the illustrations of the novels.

Longleat Safari Park

The virtual tourfollows the drive-through route through the Safari Park. Visitors will begin their virtual journey among the giraffe and zebra of the East Africa Reserve before heading into the notorious Monkey Drive Through. The 30-minute tour also features close encounters with Longleat’s big cats, including their famous lions, as well as tigers, cheetahs and wolves. Other featured species include rhinos, camels, ostriches, flamingos, vultures, and antelope. You can also make use of additional content available on the Longleat app including quizzes and factsheets which accompany the tour.

International Space Station

Outer space is not your usual destination for a school trip – for starters you would struggle to get a coach company willing to supply spacesuits and oxygen. However, this is one that makes perfect sense when you can visit virtually. 

You can begin by watching the videos about the space station, and then make use of Google Street View where you can explore the International Space Station.

DfE – List of Online Education Resources for Home Education

The DfE has brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.

NASA – Link to main site

Nasa offers free virtual tours of the Langley Research Centre in Virginia, as well as of Ohio’s Glenn Research Centre. The Space Centre Houston also has an app that provides virtual tours, augmented reality experiences, and videos and audio stories about space exploration.

The Google Art Project

To help its users discover and view important artworks online in high resolution and detail, Google partnered with more than 1200 cultural institutions from around the world to archive and document priceless pieces of art and to provide virtual tours of museums using Google Street View technology. The Google Art Project features fine art from the White House, the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, and even São Paulo street art from Brazil. Here’s a complete list of museums you can visit virtually.

San Diego Zoo – Link to Zoo

The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park may be closed for now, but it’s business as usual for the animals of San Diego Zoo Global and the crew of wildlife care specialists that are looking out for them – and you can stay connected with virtual visits anytime you want! Live Webcams include Apes, Baboons, Owls, Elephants, Giraffes, Koalas, Penguins, Tigers and Pandas

British Museum, London – Link to full Museum

This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. You can also find hundreds of artifacts on the museum’s virtual tour.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

You can virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.

Smithsonian Institution – Link to all resources

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo—shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing resources with the world.