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University of Oxford Launches’ Curious Minds’ To Keep You Connected With Learning

Right now is critical to stay connected – with each other, with us, and with learning!

To all of you that love learning, we’re here to help by finding free educational resources for you to enjoy during these challenging times.

‘Curious Minds’ a program launched by the University of Oxford brings the world to you: museum collections, recorded lectures, language learning, music, and so much more.

All these resources are chosen and curated by Uni of Oxford tutors and collected on a dedicated website.

What will you discover?

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

On ‘Curious Minds’ you can visit the world’s museums, libraries, language centres and more.

In fact, ‘Curious Minds’ is the place to give your brain a workout – all from the comfort of your own home.

Compiled by academics and staff of Oxford Uni, these freely available educational resources will help entertain you during challenging times.

So, what’s available on ‘Curious Minds’ right now?

Philosophy Now

The magazine claims to ‘corrupt innocent citizens by convincing them that philosophy can be exciting, worthwhile and comprehensible’.

Their podcast series, recommended by Marianne Talbot, Director of Studies in Philosophy at Oxford Uni, lets you explore dozens of interesting topics.

We recommend you start with ‘The History of Philosophy in Less Than an Hour.’

Then, move on to matters of right and wrong, and Buddhist philosophy and God.

Yet, there’s so much to discover so why not give it a try.


The Bodleian Library is the primary research library of the University of Oxford, one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and the second-largest library in Britain after the British Library.

The Digital.Bodleian is the online section or Bodleian Library, or better said, its digitised collection.

Digital.Bodleian is now open to users from around the world for learning, teaching, personal enjoyment and research.

Right now, on Digital.Bodleian there are more than 650,000 freely available digital objects.

The offer includes children’s games of the 18th and 19th Century, Corbett’s Parliamentary History, John Gould’s ornithological works, political cartoons and campaign posters, woodcut prints, ancient manuscripts, and so, so much more.

The Met Opera

If you aren’t familiar with opera, then now is a great time to discover the art form.

The Metropolitan Opera hopes to ‘brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark’ by making available a different performance from their Live in HD series each day.

These will be available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day.

Performances will include complete shows from the past 14 years, featuring some of opera’s greatest singers.

Oxford Mathematics Institute

The Oxford Mathematics Institute invites the world’s best mathematicians to share the pleasures (and occasional pain) of their subject with a broader audience through their Public Lectures programme.

Previous lectures are available to watch online on YouTube.

However, we particularly recommend the 2019 playlist, as per below:

  • Marcus du Sautoy discussing how AI is learning to write, paint and think.
  • Chris Budd gets festive and breaks down the maths to some Christmas related questions including why does Rudolph have a shiny nose?
  • David Sumpter asks ‘could a Premier League team be managed by a mathematician one day?


The Europeana website is an incredibly rich resource, drawing from thousands of European archives, libraries and museums to share cultural heritage for enjoyment, education and research.

Europeana’s Collections provides access to over 50 million digitised items.

It contains books, music, artworks and more, all ready to access thanks to a sophisticated search and filter tools designed to help you find what you’re looking for.

Here you can explore thematic collections on art, fashion, music, and photography.

Also here you can find World War I galleries, blogs and relevant exhibitions to inform and inspire you at the same time.

Make Digital Music – Fluoresynth

Music tutor Roger Thomas recommends you have a go with Electric Telepathy’s Online Synthesizer, Fluoresynth, which Roger describe as ‘quite fun and gently instructive whether one is a committed music-lover or just mildly curious.

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Oxford Sparks

The best place to explore and discover science research from across the University of Oxford.

The site regularly posts videos and podcasts showcasing cutting edge research and also has resources for teachers to help enrich lessons.

At Oxford Sparks, you can find out about topics as diverse as machine learning, how robots might learn social cues.

Also, this is the place to learn about life-changing dementia treatments, and how studying tiny organisms can shed light on much bigger animals and plants.

That’s all for this week.

But, the ‘Curious Minds’ page will be updated every two weeks with hundreds of resources, so stay tuned, bookmark, and share with your friends.

Once again, this is the time to stay connected – with each other, with us, and with learning!

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