Our learning teams work hard to share our collections and knowledge with local schools and groups, connecting them with UK history and heritage. Following the Government advice in early March 2020 that we had to close our sites the learning team were quick to organise a number of initiatives to stay connected to these groups during self-isolation and social-distancing. In late March, our learning team hosted an online Museum session to connect with migrants and refugees who are feeling particularly isolated at this time. Meanwhile, our Collections Learning Manager, Mat Cahill, who is also an artist held an online drawing workshop for 100 children, and with support from his gallery. We have also moved our popular weekly event Toddler Time, normally held at Cutty Sark, online, offering learning opportunities to our very youngest audiences.

We are also aware that many parents are home schooling for the first time. With this in mind we have ensured that learning resources and activities are available from across our sites, including our very popular Royal Observatory learning hub.

We have also launched a weekly online video series, Ships, Sea and the Stars, presented by Helen Czerski, so all our audiences can still engage with the amazing stories from our collections.

These are just some of the ways that we are keeping in touch with our communities, and "staying open" during this unusual period, due to restrictions around COVID.

Cutty Sark lit up blue to celebrate the NHS

Royal Museum Greenwich has joined the ranks of other iconic buildings across the country in showing their support our key workers. Both Cutty Sark and the Queen's House have been lit in blue to celebrate the hard work of our NHS and care workers, emergency service workers, supermarket workers, transport workers, postal service workers and delivery drivers. 


We are delighted that in these hard times, our staff and supporters continue to astound us with their generosity, and great sense of community. Thank you for your on-going support. 

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