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by David Chandler

U3A News

May 13, 2020

Free Activities! (Updated)

Margaret Mason, our Borderlines Editor, has compiled a wonderful list of free resources to educate, inspire and entertain during the lock-down.


Learn to draw following the "How to Draw" series from Walt Disney Parks

Take one of the Virtual Tours of the National Gallery

Visit The Vatican

Audio Books and Podcasts

There is a selection of free audiobooks from the Audible catalogue

Librivox has a huge collection of free audiobooks that are in the public domain and read by vounteer readers.  You could volunteer to be a reader too!

The Internet Archive has the "Mindwebs" collection of short science fiction stories read by Michael Hanson which were broadcast between 1970 and 2000.

The History of English Podcast is a fascinating examination of how the English language developed from the early Indo-European language.

Books and eBooks

The National Emergency Library is a collection of over 1.4 million research and academic books from the 20th Century plus over 2.5 million public domain books which you can now read online.

Project Gutenberg is a library of ove 60,000 public domain eBooks in various formats available for free to read online or download.

Fitness and Wellbeing

Joe Wicks Workouts for Seniors

Go4Life workout for older adults from the National Institute On Aging


Gardening from food scraps


Learn to play guitar bass or ukulele.  Special 3 months free trial.  Limited to the first million subscribers.


The Big History project

The Museum of the World.  The project is a partnership between the British Museum and Google Cultural Institute. For the first time ever, discover objects from the British Museum’s collection from prehistory to the present using the most advanced web graphics technology available.

Europeana provides online access to millions of documents and photographs collected from thousands of European archives, libraries and museums to share cultural heritage for enjoyment, education and research.

Music, Ballet and Opera

Many orchestras, operas and other musical institutions are streaming recorded performances for free.

The Metropolitan Opera – Nightly Met Opera Streams 

Berlin Philharmonic – Digital Concert Hall

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – Past Performances

London Symphony Orchestra – ‘Always Playing’ and ‘LSO Play

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Philharmonia

Royal Opera House – Curated online broadcasts

The Southbank Centre – Virtual concerts and art exhibitions

Bavarian State Opera – ‘Staatsopera TV

Seattle Symphony – ‘Live Broadcasts’ every Thursday and Saturday

Vienna State Opera

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra

Bergen Philharmonic

Wigmore Hall

London Mozart Players 

Opera North – Watch The Ring Cycle in full online

Paris Opera 

New York Philharmonic

The Academy of Ancient Music

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Lincoln Center

Sydney Opera House

Online games and quizes

A changing selection of games from Ubisoft.

Virtual pub quiz

Sporcle - Play online quizes, discover trivia and create your own quizes


Sing for Wales

Gareth Malone's Great British Home Chorus


National Theatre - Free full-length plays every Thursday available for one week

Globe Theatre - Free full-length plays (donation requested) available for 14 days after premier date.


And there's still more ...

Money Saving Expert have a large list of things you can do for free.

OpenLearn from the Open University has over 1000 free courses on offer.


Have you discovered other resources that would be of interest to our members?

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