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Mass Observation Archive | Recording everyday life in Britain

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Horniman Museum and Gardens

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The Horniman Museum and Gardens are a fascinating, family-friendly attraction in South London’s Forest Hill. We have collections of anthropology, musical instruments, and natural history, and also an aquarium, 16-acre gardens, and animal enclosure.

What's to like:

A very colourful, attractive and clearly signposted site

Open and participatory

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National Media Museum

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Home to over 3.5 million items of historical significance, the National Media Museum has 8 floors of FREE galleries and 3 cinemas including the UK’s first IMAX.

As well as promoting museum visits, a film programme, an education programme, inviting people to 'get involved', and the online shop, this site showcases the extensive collections of the museum.

 

The collections are searchable online, and are divided into five categories: photography, cinematography, television, new media, and collection resources. Each category is then further sub-divided. This makes it easy to browse to see what is there; each item is supported by a brief description. A side menu allows for easy jumping between categories. Each item is accompanied by up to 6 links to other similar items. 

 

The left sidebar also contains links to additional features of the site: 'Object of the month', 'On this day' (choose a date and see photos in the collection associated with it), Meet the team (information about and photographs of the team at work), Resources (information sheets, and a guide to the history of photography), research (information about visiting the musuem for research purposes); Donate and object (for people with objects that could be acquisitioned); Shop; and FAQ. 

 

The right sidebar contains featured items, including an addition 'curator's choice'.

 

 

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Computer History Museum

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The world's largest history museum for the preservation and presentation of artifacts and stories of the Information Age located in the heart of Silicon Valley...

This is both an online museum and a physical museum. It has several online exhibitions presented as slideshows with captions. It also has a great timeline feature. It has several online catalogue with items mostly viewable online. It's a big website but clearly laid out and easy to navigate.

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How to make something only geeks might like look interesting to everyone ...

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Special Collections: Leeds University

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Leeds University Library has some of the UK's outstanding collections of rare books and manuscripts housed in its Special Collections.

This is a visually attractive website, or rather section of the library website, with an accessible feel to it. Its highlights are prominent and include 'Treasures tours', famous people from Leeds, sand 'subject strengths' which is essentially a guide to the collections. It has also got a blog and a special feature connecting a current event with one of the collections. Its visitor information section 'essentials' is also very visible. While Speical Collections do not offer services for shcools or the wider community etc, there is a link to the university gallery which does. 

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La Cinémathèque française

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Cinéma, expositions et musée - musee paris - cinema paris. Retrouvez la programmation de la Cinémathèque Française : projections, expositions, rencontres et ateliers. Horaires, informations pratiques et billetterie disponibles en ligne.

This website promotes France's film museum/archive/cinema. Its home page reflects its remit - which includes a museum, library and archive, as well as film screenings and events. It has an online database for researchers, but also does special features on the collections in the museum and archive: Zoom on an object, as well as 'virtual exhibitions'.

Reasons to like: visually strong; well-organised; a couple of special features

 

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