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These sites or applications make use of narrative, linear, audio or video to move museum content out of the institution, into the realm of the user. Audio/Visual content may be delivered as a podcast, or on YouTube, Vimeo or some other streaming video-based site. Quality characteristics include: * Strong, original and appropriate content * Evocative use of audio, video or the podcast format * Effective use of sound, video, still or moving images * Links between online and on-site activities where appropriate last updated: January 2011

Ice Core Records – From Volcanoes to Supernovas

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This site, complete with a video podcast, helps tie together two seemingly unrelated topics: Geology and Astrophysics, and captures the viewer's interest with some amazing phenomena: supernova explosions and the Aurora Borealis, to explain a newly discovered connection between our planet and deep space.  There are many resources on this site for teachers and students, complete with a curri

Nancy Grossman: Tough Life Diary video

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The Vlog Project

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Whitney Vlogs are original short videos featuring Deaf museum educators communicating in American Sign Language. Currently, there are limited opportunities available for Deaf audiences to access museums and art, especially through the use of their preferred mode of communication—American Sign Language (ASL).

EUscreen - Discover Europe’s Television Heritage

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As historical television content is being digitised and some of it increasingly available online, access to audiovisual archives (television in particular) remains scattered. EUscreen built a network of content providers, standardisation bodies, television research partners and specific user groups around the task of providing multilingual and multicultural access to television heritage.

Finestre sull'Arte

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Finestre sull'Arte is Italy's first podcast about the history of art.

Voices of the First World War

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This podcast series tells the story of the First World War through the voices of those who were there. We have unique archive of 20,000 hours of oral histories giving first hand accounts of the war. These voices include nurses, conscientious objectors, factory workers together with unifirmed soldiers from Britain, Germany, Austria, Ireland, the US and beyond.

explorer.muralarts.org/

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This site is beautifully done and really shows how significant these murals are to Philadelphia. It expresses a unique cultural identity about the city.   It is playful, intuitive, dynamic, clean and easily navigated. Different individuals share their story's about taking the train, noticing the murals, and how it can changes thier thinking and additude. The art is in the streets, it is always open and for everyone. The exhibits speak for themselves.

Painting Techniques videos made for Abstract Expressionist New York

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Painting Techniques of Jackson Pollock

These five videos are unique in that they give us a practical, "insiders" view of the techniques of five  great Abstract Expressionist artists, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and Barnett Newman. Corey d'Augustine, MoMA instructor, independent conservator and artist, visually unwinds the works of art through close looking in MoMA's galleries, showing how they were made, and demonstrating the artist's techniques in the studio (Pollock's drips, Newman's zips, etc.). Works of art that are sometimes seen as simple, are shown to be very complex in terms of the artist's engagement with materials. The videos help viewers to engage with difficult works of art by giving them tools to recognize the properties of different kinds of paint and ways of applying and mixing paint, thereby encouraging them to look closely at the work of art and consider the artist's process.

Driven: True Stories of Inspiration

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How are creative investigations sparked? What does a state of inspiration feel like? Can inspiration be transmitted from person to person? In this black-and-white audio slide show series, the Exploratorium explores the fascinating world of how we work creatively, and presents the human stories behind creative accomplishments. Some of the people you'll meet include David Wilson, curator of the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, who welcomes us into his worlds of inspiration; chef Mourad Lahlou, who finds inspiration in simple things and unlikely places; and Megan and Rick Prelinger, who share their unique collection of books and resources with the community. We also introduce some of our own staff, who reveal what inspires and drives their work in exploring the microscopic world, studying the stars, and more.

Sydney Observatory monthly sky guide podcasts

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The Sydney Observatory monthly sky guide podcasts with transcripts and southern sky maps provide all the information and guidance to get people acquainted with the southern sky. Each month, one of Sydney Observatory's astonomy experts provides an audio tour of the night sky, helping our audience find the key visible constellations, planets and other special sights (such as meteor showers) for that month.

Place-Royale from the present to the past

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Place-Royale Home page

The project is a cyber exhibition that uses 12 themes to present highlights from the history of Québec City’s Place-Royale and showcase its historic figures, society, and the development of its architecture through various eras. Drawing on Musée de la civilisation archives and collections and other sources, the project illustrates the history of this very important heritage site over a period of four centuries.

Join the Student Sit-Ins Classroom Videos

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The Join the Student Sit-Ins video and associated teachers guide excel in bringing the power of the museum theater experience into the classroom and in enabling teachers to easily facilitate a conversation about the presentation and the strategy of nonviolent direct action.  This resource consists of a series of five short videos in which a fictional character from 1960 conducts a training session for people interested in joining a student sit-in to protest racial segregation. The production is staged before an original piece of the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro that was the site of the 1960 sit-ins.

Q-Literary Museum

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Q-Literary Museum is a multidisciplinary webmuseum of immaterial Literature that brings together the geometric, chemical and quantum physical aspects of parallel worlds. With a literary and curatorial audio-visual programming of its contents it invites the visitor to make a trip by the space-time through texts of representation that turn their collections into unique in the present literary panorama. The museum is organized like a fractal with different nodes for the diffusion of a new literary thematic one and for the informal learning that is complemented with a bilingual educative program and an interactive platform of thematic research open to the contribution of the users, at the same time as it provides resources for the researchers in experimental Literature.

A History of the World in 100 objects

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A History of the World in 100 objects podcast pageA History of the World in 100 Objects was a 100-part radio series narrated by Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between January and October 2010. Starting with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands – a chopping tool from Olduvai Gorge in Africa – each 15 minute programme took an object from the collection of the British Museum as a catalyst for exploration of the history of the people who made, owned or used it.

Museum Victoria ‘Access All Areas’ podcast adventures

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Access all areas podcast adventures take us on tour behind-the-scenes at the museum. We invite ourselves into laboratories to chat with scientists, sneak into collection stores to interview objects, and gate crash exhibition opening functions to talk to the who’s who of the Museum world.  It’s a VIP virtual museum visit in a quirky radio documentary style.