Find out what home learning resources you can access from the UK UNESCO Network

UNESCO UK  –   09 APRIL 2020

In response to Government guidance on Coronavirus, the UK’s learners are now staying at home. Many of the UK’s UNESCO designations are providing online resources to ensure learning continues.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Antonine Wall

The Antonine Wall has a large amount of online learning available covering from Early Years to University and Further Education.

The World Heritage Site also has an app which allows you to experience a virtual tour all along the length of the Antonine Wall:


The Roman Baths have organised an online ‘Learning for Life’ programme for everyone to find out more about the Romans and Roman life from home:

Bath World Heritage Site have uploaded a range of resources to their website for people to enjoy at home including art, craft and science activities, a UK World Heritage Quiz, primary and secondary resource packs and links to Bath’s museums and their city trail.

The City of Bath is also celebrating World Heritage Day on Sunday 19th of April online via the #WorldHeritageDayGoesDigital hashtag, so make sure to follow on the day!

Derwent Valley:

For the next six weeks Derwent Valley World Heritage Site are setting weekly challenges via social media. These will be released every Monday. They are also setting quizzes, releasing videos and photos, and exploration of our past. Follow them on Social Media to find out more:

Facebook – or @DerwentValleyMillsWHS

Twitter –  or @DVMillsWHS


Edinburgh World Heritage has a wealth of educational material online;

Their ‘Learning’ pages:

Old Edinburgh:

Further resources include:

They also have a Youtube channel with even further resources;

The Forth Bridge

The Forth Bridge, as part of their have online learning have made available learning packs that can be downloaded from their website. Go Forth and Design contains CAD resources for teaching engineering skills and Go Forth and Create is a computer science pack that teaches coding! You can download them here:

The Go Forth and Discover App also lets you experience building the Forth Bridge in a game:

Jodrell Bank Observatory

Jodrell bank recently launched their Science Learning at Home initiative which features a wealth of learning and engagement opportunities.

Find out more at

Jurassic Coast

Jurassic Coast have prepared home learning activities for parents, which all relate to the World Heritage Site. You are able to access all of these resources via their website:

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens World Heritage Site have made a lot of their resources available online via their website for learning at home. It covers all abilities from KS1 – KS5, with great videos, lessons and a unique collection to learn about.

Maritime Greenwich

Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College has lots of great new online content, including their fantastic new 360 degree virtual tour where you can experience the Painted Hall in ultra high resolution:

The ORNC-themed online drawing tutorials and resources for kids, produced by Illustrator Nick Ellwood:

They also have some excellent articles for adults. Here are some feel good, light-hearted pieces:

And a couple more history-focussed ones:


Saltaire World Heritage Education Association have created inter-generational learning packs for the whole of the Bradford community (and others!) to get involved in. The resources use real archival sources from the Saltaire Collection and include projects that children and young people can do from home but which will also encourage them to ask their relatives about their lives in the past. Seven activities went live over Easter and can still be found via the link below;

There are also more cross-curricular primary and secondary learning resources which you can download. They cover lots of different aspects of Saltaire and Bradford’s history;

Family resources, such as colouring sheets can be found here;

For those local to Saltaire, you can make your daily exercise more interesting by following either the Heritage Trail or Children’s Discovery Trail, the details of which can be found below;


You can discover and learn about the over 700 known archaeological features at Stonehenge and Avebury, including henges, timber structures, enclosures and burial mounds through their interactive map:

UNESCO Biosphere Reserves

Isle of Man

The Isle of Man UNESCO biosphere is promoting educational material via their social media handles, including projects run by the RSPB and Natural History Museum.

They are working with Manx Wildlife Trust and Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch to promote info about spring in the natural world. You can follow this with the hashtag #ClosertoNature.

The Living Coast Brighton and Lewes Downs

The Biosphere Reserve needs help from local residents to take part in the global City Nature Challenge. People can safely contribute and document biodiversity from the safety of their own homes in a global collaborative effort. Find out how you can get involved via their website:

UNESCO Global Geoparks

Marble Arch Caves:

Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Geopark have produced activity sheets based on the theme of ‘Biodiversity in your backyard’. There are more to follow, and you can download them below:

The below activity sheets are based on the theme of ‘Geology in Your Garden’. 

UNESCO Creative Cities

Norwich City of Literature

Time to Write are a series of free to access online courses designed by practising writers and tutors for young people. Norwich City of Literature will be adding more courses to the current selection throughout the lockdown period.

Nottingham City of Literature

The libraries local to Nottingham still have their online services available, and you can download e-books via their respective websites:

Nottingham City Libraries:

Nottinghamshire County Libraries:

The Young Creative Awards, open to young people aged 11-24 in Nottingham, gives youngsters a chance to show off their skills in Creative Writing, Digital and Animation, Drama, Film, Photography, and many other areas. The deadline for entries is now 27th April:

Nottingham City of Literature are also running an online celebration event for the winners of our MyVoice creative writing competition – which was open to writers aged between 10 and 25 (in four different age categories). The event is streaming live on Twitch on Monday 20th April at 1pm and you can find the details here:

The National Justice Museum in Nottingham also has many resources available on its website:

UNESCO Memory of the World Inscriptions

The National Library of Scotland

Scotland’s largest library is the keeper of much of the country’s finest documentary history, some of which are inscribed onto the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Through their website you can digitally explore some of Scotland’s most important historical documents, from the Medieval to the 20th Century:

Pont Manuscript Maps

St Kilda, Britain’s Loneliest Isle

John Murray Archive

The Haig Papers

Early Gaelic Manuscripts

Company of Scotland Trading to Africa and the Indies records

The Chepman and Mylar Prints

The Churchill Archives Centre

The Churchill Archives Centre, which holds The Churchill Papers, has a lot of educational resources about Winston Churchill which you can explore via their website;

They are also running a competition for children between the ages of 11-16 to write about their experiences during the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020. The full details can be found online;


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