Curious Minds

What will you discover?

Keep your brain active with free online resources, as recommended by tutors and staff at the Department.

Visit the world’s museums, libraries, language centres and more – and give your brain a workout – all from your own home. Compiled by academics and staff of Oxford Continuing Education, these freely available educational resources will help entertain you during challenging times.

The 'Tutor Takeover' will be updated every other day, and the entire page refreshed regularly – so please bookmark and check back regularly.  Sign up to our enewsletter to learn when new resources have been added.

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Dr Patricia Canelas highlights a list of influential urbanists ready for you to explore.

Dr Patricia Canelas, Departmental Lecturer in Sustainable Urban Development, recommends a Planetizen article listing some of the most influential urbanists of all time - including contemporary thinkers, activists, planners, and designers. Dr Canelas says that the article provides 'an entertaining run through the 100 top influential planners according to Planetizen’s reader votes. It is worth going through some of links to learn about the lives and achievements of these urban planners.' Planetizen is an independent platform aiming to create resources to 'inform planning and people passionate about planning.'

> Planetizen: The 100 Most Influential Urbanists


Oxford Festival of the Arts

The Oxford Festival of the Arts usually takes place, as the name suggests, in Oxford each summer. This year however, due to the pandemic, the festival has moved online and an array of free virtual lectures and performances are available for you to enjoy from home. The festival runs until Sunday 5th July and as the events are being recorded you can watch them live, or at a later date to suit you. Take a look at 'what's on' to view all upcoming events, or watch past sessions on their YouTube channel - including our very own Dr Janina Ramirez discussing goddesses and divine women of the past.

> Oxford Festival of the Arts

Ancient History Encyclopedia

The mission of the Ancient History Encyclopedia is to help people across the globe gain a deeper, fundamental knowledge of our interconnected human past in order to create curious, open-minded, and tolerant societies in the future. Explore the impressive media library, timelines, maps and audio articles.

> Ancient History Encyclopedia

Pieter Bruegel the Elder

2019 marked the 450th anniversary of the death of the Dutch and Flemish Renaissance artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The Bruegel exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna (2018-19) displayed around half of all the extant works by Bruegel and the accompanying exhibition website hosts a treasure trove of insight and imagery which can still be explored online. Bruegel was an astute observer, a storyteller, satirist and social critic. His paintings give us a window into the society in which he lived, and many of the central themes in his work remain highly relevant today. 

> The Bruegel exhibition

Merriam-Webster Time Traveler 

When was a word first used in print? You may be surprised! Merriam-Webster has a ‘Time Traveller’ web portal that lets you enter a date to see the words first recorded in that year. Most entries contain a date for 'First Known Use' - this is the date of the earliest recorded use in English, as far as it could be determined, of the oldest sense defined in the entry. Enter your birth year, and find out what words were born the same year you were, or reflect back on recent years and see what new words are now part of your every day vocabulary. 

> Merriam-Webster Time Traveler 

Design Museum

The Design Museum is the place where the design industry, education and the public come together to change the way people think about themselves and the future. Take a look at some of the designers who 'shape our lives and create our futures' or examine and explore the creative impulses that produced iconic designs including Concorde, Penguin Books and the London Transport System.

> Design Museum: Design

> Design Museum: Designers


Previous recommendations

Resources from past weeks are now being collected in three new pages: 'Explore' (for visiting museums and archives), 'Enjoy' (for reading, watching and listening) and 'Have a go' (for hands-on learning and activities).