Only 1 week to go to the start of the London 2012 Olympics. If you are starting to feel the Olympic fever then why not check out the Olympic Record from the National Archives. It contains hundreds of historic photos and documents relating to the Games which are held in the National Archives. These have been made available online for the first time in a beautifully designed website full of fascinating things to discover.
Although the weather isn’t ideal for camping at the moment if the sun does ever come out then how about camping in someone’s garden! Now we’re not suggesting you just pitch up in a random garden instead check out the Camp in my Garden website.
On this site people advertise their gardens as campsites, often at very resonable rates, and detail the types of facilities on offer. Sites aren’t just limited to UK with gardens all over the world on offer. These are people’s gardens so facilities do vary but if you are looking for a unique campign experience this may be the site for you!
If you like numbers then this is the place for you. Numberphile brings together Maths experts from around the UK to create entertaining and informative videos about all things numerical. You can check out the site for yourself here
History Pin is a great site that allows you to upload old photos and pin them to real world locations. We’ve featured it before on TOTD (http://reden.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/history-pin/) but now they have a dedicated Diamond Jubliee section which allows you explore images of the events surrounding the jubilee. History Pin also want you to contribute your jubilee memories to their interactive map so that they can create a rich archive of the jubilee celebrations.
You can view History Pin’s Diamond Jubliee site here http://www.historypin.com/diamondjubilee/
The late John Peel was a respected DJ and was known for his vast collection of vinyl records. You can now explore his record collection here http://thespace.org/items/s000004u
The website is beautifully designed and makes it a joy to get lost browsing through the record sleeves. You’ll certainly find many bands that you’ve never heard of!
The Royal Archives, Bodleian Libraries and Proquest have teamed up to make Queen Victoria’s Journals free accessibly online for the first time. It seems appropriate in the Diamond Jubilee year of our own Queen that these wonderful documents are being made available especially as Queen Victoria was the first monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee. 13 volumes of her journals survive and cover the period from Queen Victoria’s childhood days to her Accession to the Throne, marriage to Prince Albert, and later, her Golden and Diamond Jubilees. These amazing journals can be read in Queen Victoria’s own hand or through transcripts bring to life this historic archive giving us new insights and understanding of the past.
You can explore them for yourself here http://www.queenvictoriasjournals.org
TOTD is very excited to be going to see the National Theatre production of War Horse this evening. Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, this production uses the most amazing puppets created by Handspring Puppet Company.
To see how amazingly lifelike the horse puppets are check out this video
and find how they created the remarkable puppets here
and more about the production here