On-line Educational and Fun Activities for All Ages

Image of an historic document being inspetced with a magnifying glassIf 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

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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].

Surrey Heritage

Surrey County Archaeological Unit

Surrey’s Historic Environment Record

Surrey Adult Learning

  • 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

The Hockey Museum

Surrey Libraries

  • 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)

Brooklands Museum

Egham Museum

Elmbridge Museum

The Lightbox


Send and Ripley History Society

The Spike

Watts Gallery

The Wildlife Aid Foundation, Leatherhead

The National Trust

  • 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.

Surrey Archaeological Society

University of Surrey, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management: Virtual Adventures from Home

The Royal British Legion website

UK Government VE Day and VJ Day Anniversary website

British History Online

National Library of Scotland

  • 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

Britain From Above

Open Domesday

  • 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.

Historic Royal Palaces

History Uncovered. Videos and blogs about the resilient women who have occupied Kensington Palace for over 300 years

The National Archives

UK Parliament

Natural History Museum

University of Cambridge

RAF Museum

Pitt Rivers Museum

Mary Rose Trust

British Museum

Museum of London

Royal Museums Greenwich

Mum’s do travel blog

Young Archaeologists Club

Scottish Forestry Commission and LEGO


The Royal Society of Chemistry

Sussex Archaeological Society

SS Great Britain

Gokstad Ship Museum

University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education

  • Curious Minds: Keep your brain active with free online resources, as recommended by tutors and staff at the Department.

Spartacus Education

Future Learn

Open Culture

Culture Fix website

  • A wide-ranging on-line collection of activities, videos and other content from a variety of sources.

Jools Wilson Illustration

Adventures in Archaeological Science

The Kids Should See This

National Videogame Museum

The National Gallery


English Heritage

David Fletcher Art

Caerphilly County Borough Council

University of Reading

Virtual Museums


One thought on “On-line Educational and Fun Activities for All Ages”

  1. Julie Anker says:

    Thank you for putting together such a comprehensive list.
    I am just about to start a short course on Future Learn.

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