Stay at home to stop the virus, enjoy something new online

Southampton’s museums, gallery, archive and library services step up online offer to reconnect communities and improve wellbeing

From new and exciting educational resources, to ‘virtual tours’, e-learning tools, online services and more, Southampton’s Libraries, Archive, SeaCity Museum, Tudor House and Garden Museum and City Art Gallery, are working hard to develop new ways of sharing and helping residents during the Coronavirus (COVID-19)Library_stories crisis venue closures.

Over the next few weeks venues will be releasing new content and services on our their websites and social platforms. Through the amazing teams at each venue, they’ll be bringing culture and important services to the people of Southampton.
Residents and visitors alike will be able to dip into Southampton’s rich collections, amazing history, join in learning activities for all ages and more, with the aim of keeping people connected and improving their mental health and wellbeing. Offers such as ‘Staying in Touch’, ‘Home Learning’, ‘Boredom Busters’, ‘Familiar Faces’ and ‘Storytelling’ will be released, some services such as eBooks and eAudiobooks have already been a big hit from our libraries. If you’re not currently a member, you can join online.

This is a challenging time and services are committed to doing their utmost to support Southampton and its communities. Remember stay at home, stay safe and stay well!

But… Make sure you get involved online, sharing your own arts and cultural activities with us via #Southampton #CultureinQuarantine.

And keep an eye out for #MaritimeMonday and #Librariesfromhome over the coming weeks.

Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Homes at Southampton City Council, said: "During this time, it is important people have access to the essentials, but also take care of their physical and mental health. For many, Culture plays a valuable role in this and is an important part of people's daily lives. The cultural sector in Southampton are rising to the challenge, and Southampton City Council's much loved libraries, museums, gallery are offering a range of #CultureinQuarantine activities that local individuals and families can enjoy from their homes during these difficult times. From children's story rhyme times, boredom busters, to virtual access to our accredited collections; there's lots to get involved, enjoy and bring us together."

Online resources will be uploaded to the following pages: