Have you tried the Cultural Institute?

Over the weekend I was reflecting on a couple of thought provoking events in school in the last week held to remember the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1. I then looked online at the cultural institute and looked at many images and resources about the war.

British soldiers making Christmas decorations while recouperating at Fulham Hospital during WWI
British soldiers making Christmas decorations while recouperating at Fulham Hospital during WWI

It made me wonder how many people out there know about this fantastic resource that is freely available, so I thought I would feature it here.

What is the Google Cultural Institute? (Taken from Wikipedia)

“Google Cultural Institute is an initiative unveiled by Google following the 2011 launch of the Google Art Project. The Cultural Institute was launched in 2011, and put 42 new exhibits online on October 10, 2012.[1][2][3][4][5] It is “an effort to make important cultural material available and accessible to everyone and to digitally preserve it to educate and inspire future generations.”[6] As of June 2013, the Cultural Institute included over 6 million items – photos, videos, and documents.[7] The Cultural Institute has partnered with a number of institutions to make exhibition and archival content available online, including the British Museum,[8][9][10] Yad Vashem,[11][12] the Museo Galileo in Florence,[13] the Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau,[14] and the Museum of Polish History in Warsaw.[15][16] The earliest notable, project was a searchable archive and online digital exhibition series, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, which allowed people to access Nelson Mandela‘s personal diaries and previously unreleased drafts of his manuscripts for the sequel to his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom

You can find out more here

Do you use this in your lessons? How are you using it?


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