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Art & Art History

From Art History to Smarthistory

altCollections Trust CEO Nick Poole investigates Smarthistory, the new US-based phenomenon that is opening up art history to millions of online learners via the Khan Academy.

Ask Dr Steven Zucker and Dr Beth Harris where they got the idea for Smarthistory (tagline “Art. History. Conversation”) and they are characteristically modest, “It started quite humbly. We couldn’t get our students to read their art history textbooks. We needed a better way to inspire a conversation about art.”

Fast forward four years, and Smarthistory is part of a new generation of massively open educational platforms, offering access to more than 500 instructional videos about art and art history, used by millions of learners.

Understanding British Portraits SSN Collections Mapping

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The Understanding British Portraits Subject Specialist Network has been taking part in a Collections Mapping exercise to help create a database of all portrait collections throughout Britain. You can search the results of this exercise by clicking on the link below and searching the Understanding British Portraits Collections on Culture Grid.

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Understanding British Portraits SSN Expertise Database

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The Understanding British Portraits Subject specialist Network has created an expertise database. Here you will find a network of fellow professionals engaged with portraiture in a whole variety of ways: conservators, curators, dealers, researchers, learning professionals, historians and academics. The database is designed to enable the exchange of knowledge and expertise, and facilitate contact among those with common interests.

Click below to access the database;

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Understanding British Portraits SSN 'How to Develop Learning Programmes and Audience Engagement with Portraits' Toolkit

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This toolkit gives you information on the why, what, how and who to develop a learning programme around a portraiture collection.

It provides a list of audiences, school curriculum links, theme ideas, information about learning styles and good practice case studies as well as providing links to websites and other resources.

Click on the link below to access the toolkit;

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Understanding British Portraits SSN 'How to Research a Portrait or Portrait Collection' Toolkit

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This toolkit is designed to assist researchers to compile accurate and reliable information about a portrait or collection of portraits. The toolkit contains useful templates as well as a case study to demonstrate the research methods.

Click on the link below to access the toolkit

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Understanding British Portraits SSN 'How to Interpret and Understand the Language of Portraits' Toolkit

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The understanding British Portraits SSN has created this great toolkit to help interpret adn understand the language of portraits. Each section of the toolkit gives practical suggestions that have been successfully used elsewhere and there is a case study on Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire, which provides many examples of ideas for interpretation.

Click on the link below to access the Toolkit:

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Care and Conservation of Frames and Gilding

Reproduced with kind permission of the Institute of Conservation (ICON), for further information, visit the Conservation Register 

Picture frames and gilded objects are often more complex than they first appear to be and can be made up from a wide variety of materials. In the UK, the wooden substrate of picture and mirror frames is often a species of pine but oak, lime and a spectrum of other hard and softwoods are also found.

English Heritage Guide to Military Wall Art

Published by English Heritage, this guideline provides a comprehensive introduction to the nature and management of Military Wall Art. The introduction to the guideline reads:

"Military wall art appears throughout the United Kingdom, on or within buildings that are or once were in military use. Surviving works include murals, pencil sketches, stencils, instructional drawings, signage and simple graffiti, and incorporate both sanctioned and less official forms of decoration.

Risk Assessment Template: Art Workshops

One of a series of really useful templates from the Dover Museum showing an example risk assessment for a general art workshop.