On-line Educational and Fun Activities for All Ages
If you’re looking for something fun and creative for the kids – or yourself – to do then we hope the following resources will help bust the boredom during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Channel your creativity, be inspired and learn something new with the selection of free on-line educational and entertaining resources offered by various organisations in Surrey and beyond.
The list will be added to as new resources are made available so please bookmark this page and check back. We’ll be promoting the resource on our social media pages on Twitter @SurreyHeritage and Facebook.
Click on the links below to find out more.
Also, browse this site, many of the pages have links to other interesting sites and information, start your journey here.
Summer Holidays Online Activities
- Animals and Nature be inspired by our images.
- Connecting across generations discover more about your family.
- Surrey’s super spies find out about Surrey’s famous spies whilst having fun with our spy themed activities.
- What is Archaeology? History packs featuring the Stone Age and Bronze Age. An easy to follow introduction to what archaeology is, with have-a-go activities.
- Become an archaeologist for the day and follow our guide to digging your very own test pit.
- Learn about the Great War, and write a letter home from a soldier. Imagine how you might have felt, as a young person fighting a war away from your family for perhaps the very first time.
Fill the gap on the map!
To celebrate Surrey Day, why not fill in the gap on this 1610 John Speed map of Surrey (bottom right hand corner) and design a coat of arms for a Surrey person of your choice? Your selection may be famous, or it could be a family member, a friend or someone else important in your life. All we ask is that they have a connection with Surrey. All entries will be published on our website. Send your drawing and the name of the person it represents to [email protected].
- Archives and history research guides A collection of guides to help you research a wide range of subjects.
- Treasure Jam: Create something inspired by an amazing object
Pirates and Tudor Explorers – Activities and copies of 6th and 17th Century documents which mention pirates, Captain Kidd and the Spanish Armada.
- The Victorians – information about Surrey in Victorian times and activities.
- Family History for Free!
- The March of the Women; Surrey’s Road to the Vote – Learning Resource, including radio podcast
- The March of the Women; Surrey’s Road to the Vote – Project blog
- The March of the Women: Surrey’s Road to the Vote Online Exhibition
- Seeking Surrey Ancestors! Tips, advice and interesting things about family history research.
- RC Sherriff: To Journey’s End and Beyond Online Exhibition
- Journey’s End First World War Schools Resource, including the ‘One Among Millions’ letter writing activity and video
- Journey’s End – Project blog
- Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers – Learning Resources for KS2 and KS4
- Ockenden International, Woking’s refugee charity: From Vision to Venture Online Exhibition
- Living Away from Home: Life in some of Surrey’s Victorian and Edwardian residential institutions
- Film of Surrey during WWI
- Film at Surrey History Centre
- Anniversaries of Alice in Wonderland
- Archaeological resources for teachers
- Historical Food in Surrey: Archive Resource Packs
- Historical Food in Surrey KS1 and KS2
- Using maps in the classroom
- The Gypsy, Romany and Traveller community in Surrey
- Surrey County Archaeological Unit’s Community Archaeology website and Facebook page
- What can we learn from Anglo-Saxon Graves?
- Fun archaeology activities to do at home
- Links to sites relevant to archaeology and the National Curriculum
- Unlock your Summer Skills with Surrey Adult Learning (SAL)!
An online 4 week programme of short courses open to everyone will be developed over July/August to provide learning, health and wellbeing to you this summer. Go to the SAL website for more information being released soon! #SummerSkills
Surrey’s Museums and Galleries
- Poetry in Surrey Libraries: read or submit a favourite poem or your own poem
- Surrey Library Lab: Science Club
- Surrey Libraries website. All the following resources are free to use – visit the website, select ‘ebooks and e audiobooks’, follow the instructions using a library card number to register. Not already a library member? Joining can be done online too (the Library Information Service can be contacted for more detailed advice if necessary):
- e magazines – over popular 3500 magazines
- e audio books – over 22,000 titles
- e books – thousands of titles will be available from 1st April
- Press Reader – thousands of e newspapers and e magazines
- e comics -79 titles currently on offer
- Online Reference Shelf – a few Online Resources are available remotely:Oxford Biographies and Dictionary;Naxos Music Library (Online streaming music resource), The Great Courses (popular courses taught by the world’s top professors)
- Online Exhibitions
- Explore the collections
- Activities, games and quizzes
- Magna Carta resources and fun
- Online exhibition ‘Look Back in Anger’ about the history of protest in Elmbridge
- Online exhibition ‘A Day at the Races’ about the development of horseracing in the borough
- Online exhibition ‘Elmbridge at War’
- Downloadable educational activities and crafts for families who are home schooling
- YouTube video about Gordon Stewart of Send Manor
- YouTube video about Sir Anthony Browne: The Man Who Was Given Send and Ripley as a present!
- YouTube video, discover more about the treatment of the homeless, past and present and see what a vagrant had to do to earn his night in the cell at the only Casual Ward of its kind in the country
- A virtual tour of the John Ruskin exhibition
- What’s on at Watts: Watts at home webpage
- Make Space! Part of the new Watts at home series. Every week, discover simple art tutorials specially designed by Watts’s Make Space artists. Guided by video tutorials and free printable activity sheets, experiment with different techniques and explore the wonderful creations that can be made from limited resources
- Rainbows over Runnymede a creative project for 9-13 year olds, focused around one theme per month that links back to the key aspects of Magna Carta, and resulting in an exhibition after lockdown.
- Examples of virtual tours, travel, exhibitions, theatre and sporting venues from the comfort of your own home (pdf ) (1.3MB)
- Virtual experiences of beaches and coastal areas (pdf ) (3.4MB)
- Virtual walks and soundscapes, through to a bugs-eye and birds eye view of gardens, parks and woodlands (pdf ) (4.1MB)
- Virtual holidays to European cities taking in a range of different sites and activities (pdf ) (2.2MB)
- The Royal British Legion calls on the nation to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day from home.
- VE Day Learning Resources.The Royal British Legion has partnered with the National Literacy Trust to create a series of free, downloadable lesson plans and assemblies aimed at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 that can be used to explain to children of different ages and backgrounds why, how and who we Remember.
- National Library of Scotland on-line maps collection enter a Surrey place-name and find historic OS maps that cover it. Not able to go out? Then why not go for a virtual walk? You can use the 1939 Register or the census enumerators’ books (all online). Find your forebears and their addresses on each document; then using online maps such as the Ordnance Survey ones which are freely available at the National Library of Scotland website. Now take a “walk” around the area where your ancestors lived using the addresses and relevant maps you found. It is interesting to compare maps of different periods to see how an area has changed.
Domestic Buildings Research Group
Buildings Archaeology Research Database
- Illustrated Glossary of Building Recording Features (pdf )
- Tick Box Summary of Building Recording Features (pdf )
- Britain From Above: Surrey, old aerial photographs. Use the search box on the Britain From Above website to find old aerial photographs of other places.
- Open Domesday gives access to the texts and images of the pages of Domesday Book relevant to many Surrey manors/parishes. Use the search box on the Open Domesday website to find out about places in England in 1086.
- See also Surrey’s Palaces
- Five brilliant history resources for home schooling
- Family learning resources about British Royal Palaces
- Discover more interesting facts about Hampton Court Palace (Blogs)
- Discover more interesting facts about Kew Palace (Blogs)
History Uncovered. Videos and blogs about the resilient women who have occupied Kensington Palace for over 300 years
- Women’s suffrage tutorials see also March of the Women, women’s suffrage in Surrey
- Palaeography: the study of old handwriting, a web tutorial.
- Online resources and taught sessions
- Letters from the First World War see also Surrey in the Great War
- Magna Carta see also Surrey in the Age of Magna Carta
- Victorian lives
- Second World War 1939-1945
- Boredom Busters
- What’s On-line series
- British Museum timeline
- Teaching History with 100 objects
- Classroom resources
- Walk though the Museum digitally via Google Street View
- Tune to discover amazing stories of the sea, space, history and creativity with Royal Museums Greenwich curators and special guests
Scottish Forestry Commission and LEGO
- What is Archaeology?
- BBC Bitesize – Prehistoric Britain
- BBC Bitesize – Roman Britain
- BBC Bitesize – Anglo-Saxons/Normans
- BBC Bitesize – Vikings
- BBC Bitesize – Tudors and Stewarts
- Hands on History! Archaeology Activities
- Homeschool History, Downloads. Fun history lessons for all the family, presented by Horrible Histories’ Greg Jenner.
- Virtual tour of the Gokstad ship in Oslo (Viking ship)
- Curious Minds: Keep your brain active with free online resources, as recommended by tutors and staff at the Department.
- A wide-ranging on-line collection of activities, videos and other content from a variety of sources.
- Etymology Map Of London Place Names (Etymology: the study of the origin of words)