15th March 2020. As a note for the chronology of this set of circumstances, and because the relevance of those circumstances may not immediately come to mind in the future, Europe is now the epicentre of the Coronavirus (CORVID-19) pandemic. Here in the UK, those of us over 70 years of age or with health vulnerabilities are advised to stay away from enclosed spaces and to keep a social distance of 2 m between themselves and other people. In the next few days, the expectation may be that we will self-isolate at home, perhaps for several months.
This affects every aspect of the course from drawing or life classes, to finding friends or family to act as models, to going out looking for landscapes or visiting galleries. None of these options are currently open to many of us and so we’re falling back on what we have to hand – photographs, videos, virtual tours, and scenes from our windows. The university has in the last few days, moved the submission of assignments from physical to digital, and may be doing so for formal assessments too. See you on the other side!
This link goes to a page listing a number of virtual tours of galleries and museums: https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours?fbclid=IwAR00u5myDmjKf-XTJvXpVkOQ03sqtS-iL6m6ZQO6_DEiqdVhBexoujxBUkU
British Museum https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-museum-of-modern-and-contemporary-art-korea?hl=en
Uffizi, Florence https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/uffizi-gallery?hl=en
MASP, Sao Paulo https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/masp?hl=en
Louvre, France https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
National Museum of Anthropology, New Mexico https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/the-national-museum-of-anthropology-mexico-city-ziko-van-dijk-wikimedia-commons/bAGSHRdlzSRcdQ?hl=en
Also, Google arts and culture street views https://artsandculture.google.com/search/streetview?hl=en
Google’s open heritage sites https://artsandculture.google.com/project/openheritage
And their Collections page https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en&tab=pop
#Museumfromhome started by Sacha Coward, instagram https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/museumfromhome/ and twitter @sacha_coward