Showing posts from February, 2008

The Domesday Book

The first complete electronic version of the Domesday Book has been produced by John Palmer, a University of Hull researcher. The electronic version of the 1086 survey of England, which was created by using a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, includes translations and detailed scholarly commentary and makes the record easier to access and understand. You can find it at the Domesday Explorer Website, which also contains some very nice downloadable PowerPoint ‘Web Shows’ entitled variously ‘A brief history of Domesday’, ‘The electronic Domesday’, ‘Domesday people and places’, ‘Domesday England’ and ‘The Norman Yoke’.

Hear Here!

Hear here! is a very interesting year-long multi-media project exploring how we listen to music. The project will focus on a new aspect of listening each month and present a series of concerts at venues and festivals across the country, with related music being broadcast on Classic FM.At the centre of the project will be the live concert experience with performances of key works from Purcell, Stravinsky, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Walton and Vaughan Williams nationwide. Each month, a different piece of music will be the focus of concerts, as well as broadcast and online information and interaction, plus talks, debates and discussions: the equivalent of a nationwide reading group, but for classical music. The idea is to attune the ears to close listening, with advice on how to “read” a piece of music.

Free Documentaries is an excellent resource presenting quality documentaries by political, historical or religious/theological theme and by region (Europe, Latin America, Middle East Russia, South Asia, and United States). All films can be linked to and used for educational purposes. Try it!


The OpenLearn website gives free access to course materials from The Open University. The LearningSpace is open to learners anywhere in the world. Particularly useful in the Arts are the Arts and History and Modern Languages categories, which offer a veritable cornucopia of open-to-all courses. However it's also worth having a quick search, as I found Using Film Music in the Classroom in the Education category, and this course looks at approaches to using film music in the classroom, including: a focus on pupil experience; a focus on the structure of composition; a focus on the relationship between music and image. Do have a look round - there's some wonderful things here, and you can also subscribe to rss feeds for updates of content.