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Many of us don’t realise that there is a lot of free material online, so we give you the option to choose if you only want to look at free “content”.

Masterpieces: Clemency Burton-Hill and James Hamilton

Music and art aficionado? Spend a sublime spring evening in Sussex with violinist and arts broadcaster Clemency Burton-Hill, who has created an inspirational book recommending a wonderful piece of music for each day of the year, and Gainsborough’s biographer, historian James Hamilton.

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Hand Painting Blue & White Delft Tiles Workshop

Join Dutch artist and designer Piet van den Beuken of Roelofs & Rubens for a wonderful blue and white Delft tile workshop, hand painting your very own designs onto four tiles, which will be fired and posted to your house afterwards.

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Artists’ Houses: The Holland Park Circle – Learn and Draw

Join artist and tutor Ann Witheridge, founder of London Fine Art Studios, for a fabulous half-day Holland Park art history and painting workshop. Delve into the history of the famed nineteenth century Holland Park Circle – which included Lord Leighton and William Holman Hunt, amongst others – in the charming area of London which they made their own.

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‘Sappho to Suffrage’: women who dared

Marking the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, The Bodleian Libraries’ ‘Sappho to Suffrage’ exhibition showcases more than eighty highlights from the Libraries’ extensive archival collection.

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Into the Wild – Lecture Series

Calling all art and wildlife lovers! Inspired by the Gallery’s highly-anticipated David Milne: Modern Painting exhibition (14 February – 7 May 2018), Dulwich Picture Gallery’s spring ‘Into the Wild’ lecture series is a wonderful chance to hear creative experts share their views on our exploration of the wilderness through art.

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East Meets West: Art of the Islamic World – A Gallery Tour

Join one of Art History UK’s expert guides for a ninety-minute stroll through the striking art of the Islamic world on display at the V&A. Frequent visitors are no doubt already aware of the wonders which await in the cavernous halls of this treasure trove of a gallery, but there is something very special in taking the time to marvel at magnificence with an expert guide and a like-minded little group.

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V & A Collections

Did you know that your can browse the V&A Museum’s extraordinary collections online? 1.1 million objects and more than 600,000 images, for free? Paintings, Photography, Textiles, Theatre & Performance, South Asia, Europe 1600 – 1815, Architecture, Jewellery, and Fashion. Several of these collections are amongst the largest in the world.

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National Trust Collections

This might be one of Britain’s greatest secrets – until now! The National Trust is well known for preserving stately homes & heritage buildings across Britain, but what is far less well known is that its cause for preserving and protecting Britain’s heritage, now extends to giving free online access to an extraordinary catalogue of almost 850,000 objects.

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