Side view, large hollow blue and white porcelain garden seat, Jingdezhen, 1573–1620 © The Trustees of the British Museum lent by kind permission of the Trustees of the Sir Percival David Foundation

UK museum showcase 

The British Museum is proud to work in partnership with over 250 museums across the UK through touring objects and sharing expertise.

While many museums remain closed, our partners have responded creatively to engage with audiences unable to visit their physical space. Explore a selection of highlights from partner museums across the UK, including responses to lockdown and reflections on Pride Month 2020.

Barnsley Museums: Don’t go to pieces

Barnsley Museums: Don’t go to pieces

Our fabulous touring partner the Cooper Gallery have challenged their audiences to piece together beautiful, art, history and landscapes all connected to the Barnsley area through a series of online jigsaws. There are a range of different levels to challenge the youngest to oldest puzzler.

Build your jigsaw

Museum of Cardiff: My Museum

My Museum: Museum of Cardiff

Bring the Museum of Cardiff into your home with these resources and activities for all the family. My Museum has a range of projects in English and Welsh for all ages: from colouring sheets for the youngest, to activities for older children exploring protesting for change, and a guide to recording oral history interviews to help capture the memories of the oldest family members. 

View the activities

Royal Albert Memorial Museum: RAMM at Home

Royal Albert Memorial Museum: RAMM at Home

A series of challenges released every week in the form of a step-by-step video, inspiring families to create their own museum collection at home. Using materials found around the house, learn how to make your own Roman helmet, origami peacock, a mini museum and more.

Create your museum collection

The Ashmolean Museum: Indian Subcontinent Collection

The Ashmolean Museum: Indian Subcontinent Collection

The Ashmolean has one of the most comprehensive collections of objects from the Indian subcontinent (modern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) in the UK. Explore a selection of highlights from this fantastic collection of works of art, journeying from the material of the Indus Valley Civilization (around 2000 BC) right up to the 20th century.

Discover the collection

Celebrating South Asian Heritage in Harrow

Headstone Manor and Museum: Celebrating South Asian Heritage in Harrow

This online exhibition, developed as part of the 2020 South Asian Heritage Month, showcases the communities of South Asians living or working in Harrow. It is a celebration of the diversity and history of a community, exploring stories of journeys, work and family from personal perspectives. 

Explore the online exhibition

National Museums Liverpool: LGBTQ+ collections

National Museums Liverpool: LGBTQ+ collections

An online collection of objects from across National Museums Liverpool sites reflecting LGBTQ life and culture in the city. Discover previously hidden LGBTQ histories and contemporary reflections across art, social activism and more.

Explore LGBTQ+ collections

Royal Pavilion and Museums: Queer the Pier

Royal Pavilion and Museums: Queer the Pier

Take a look at this community-curated display celebrating the lives of LGBTQ writers, artists, performers, activists and ordinary people in Brighton and Hove. The accompanying blog series delves deeper into the stories behind the objects and the people who have made the city so vibrant.

Explore Queer the Pier

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery: LGBTQ+=Me

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery: LGBTQ+=Me

Make your own zine inspired by LGBTQ+=Me, an exhibition by Hastings Museum and Art Gallery and co-curated by young people who identify as LGBTQ. Use the resource to get started and explore the key themes that inspired the exhibition, then share your creative responses at #HastingsDigitalMuseum.

How to make your zine

Manchester Museum in Quarantine

Manchester Museum in Quarantine 

A specially developed mobile site launched at the start of the UK-wide lockdown with a huge range of uploaded digital material, aiming to entertain, educate and create wonder.

Explore Manchester Museum in Quarantine

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery: Mindful Museum

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery: Mindful Museum

A series of short videos offering listeners a mindful exploration of artworks and objects held in the collection of Shropshire Museums. The videos encourage listeners to 'look, to breathe and to be curious', says creator Lindsey Kennedy.

Watch Mindful Museums

 

Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum: Create your own 3D model

Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum: Create your own 3D model

A great tutorial created by one of our National Lottery Heritage Fund Museum Futures trainees to scan your own objects using your smartphone to make digital 3D models. Part of a wider virtual museum developed during the lockdown.

Create your 3D model

Durham University Oriental Museum: Pushing Paper: Contemporary drawing from 1970 to now

Durham University Oriental Museum 
Pushing Paper: Contemporary drawing from 1970 to now

An online resource and virtual experience of the currently closed British Museum touring exhibition Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to now. Here's a chance to see and read about these fabulous works while the museum is closed.

Explore the exhibition

York Museums Trust: #CuratorBattles

York Museums Trust: #CuratorBattle

Yorkshire Museum has launched a weekly #CuratorBattle on Twitter to challenge museums and visitors to put forward objects related to a particular theme. The tweets have prompted a great selection of the creepiest, sassiest and most magical objects from around the world!

Join the #CuratorBattle