The Guardian: UK theatres sweat on whether make-or-break panto season can go ahead

The Guardian: UK theatres sweat on whether make-or-break panto season can go ahead. “The UK’s beleaguered theatres have warned that panto season could be cancelled, leading to catastrophic losses in revenue, unless the government is able to reassure people that live performances will continue in the winter.”

Something New From Anglotopia: Seebritish. art – A New Database Of Great Works Of British Art To Browse, Share, Download, And Enjoy (Anglotopia)

Anglotopia: Something New From Anglotopia: Seebritish.art – A New Database Of Great Works Of British Art To Browse, Share, Download, And Enjoy. “I have built something new, that I really wanted to exist. A free database of beautiful British art. While we’re all on quarantine, one thing we can’t do is visit our great art museums. And I miss them. I visit the Art Institute in Chicago as often as I can. When I travel to Britain, I always visit the art museums – I love gazing at good art, for as long as I can. It’s pretty far down on the list of things to miss while we’re all self-isolating. But I still miss it. So, I decided to do something about it. I have built an online gallery of British Art, viewable to anyone. It’s a virtual art gallery of the finest British art I could find. Now we can all have a virtual tour of Britain’s art history and canon.”

Beer gut-ted: As many as ’70 million pints’ spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain (The Register)

The Register: Beer gut-ted: As many as ’70 million pints’ spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain. “Setting aside the serious consequences of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic – loss of life, economic hardship, rising authoritarianism, and blissfully clear roads – there is a lesser but still troubling development. On Friday, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) let it be known that as many as 70 million pints of British beer will have to be destroyed due to the outbreak.”

Film News: BFI launches Britain On Lockdown a public call out to map the digital video response to Coronavirus

Film News: BFI launches Britain On Lockdown a public call out to map the digital video response to Coronavirus. “Today the [British Film Institute] launches a public campaign, Britain on Lockdown, calling on the British public to recommend those online videos that best represent how Britain has experienced the impact of Coronavirus. From Joe Wicks to Boris Johnson, solidarity for NHS frontline workers and local communities coming together through to comedy parodies, public health videos about the importance of proper handwashing and charity campaign films, online video has played a key role in our collective experience of the lockdown in a way that has never been experienced before.”

Broadway World: British Museum Revamps Collection Online

Broadway World: British Museum Revamps Collection Online. “The British Museum today launches a major revamp of its online collection database, allowing over 4 million objects to be seen by people anywhere in the world. This new version of the online database – officially called the British Museum Collection Online – has been unveiled earlier than planned so that people who are currently under lockdown measures due to Covid-19 can enjoy the treasures from one of the world’s great collections from the comfort of their own home.”

UK National Archives: Free access to digital records

UK National Archives: Free access to digital records. “We are making digital records available on our website free of charge for as long as our Kew site is closed to visitors. Registered users will be able to order and download up to ten items at a time, to a maximum of 50 items over 30 days. The limits are there to try and help manage the demand for content and ensure the availability of our digital services for everyone.”

News: Slapstick Festival Releases Archive Online Including Unseen Harry Hill (Beyond the Joke)

Beyond the Joke: News: Slapstick Festival Releases Archive Online Including Unseen Harry Hill. “Bristol’s annual Slapstick festival of silent, visual and classic screen comedy is hoping to help lift the nation’s spirits from this week by sharing previously unreleased footage captured during a selection of the unique events it has staged over the past decade featuring top UK entertainers…. Other shows lined up for sharing include Harry Hill (pictured with Chris Daniels) talking about his favourite comedy moments; highlights from when Sir Ken Dodd and French & Saunders received their Aardman/ Slapstick Comedy Legend awards; a stand-up comedy set from John Cleese as part of a mixed music and mirth show and the first stage reunion in decades of Little & Large, the double act best described as the Ant & Dec of their day and whose reminiscences now seem even more bittersweet following the death this month of Eddie Large (Hugh McGinnis).”

RadioTimes: BBC to bring classic TV and radio back to iPlayer “in unprecedented times”

RadioTimes: BBC to bring classic TV and radio back to iPlayer “in unprecedented times”. “The BBC has announced it will make classic TV box-sets and radio programmes available on iPlayer as part of a wide-ranging set of measures to help the nation through “challenging times” as the coronavirus pandemic continues.”

The Guardian: DIY curators let loose on huge online collection of British art

The Guardian: DIY curators let loose on huge online collection of British art. “The charity Art UK, which lists every publicly owned oil painting on its online database and is in the process of adding every sculpture, has announced details of a new curation tool. It will allow members of the public to curate their own online shows, choosing from more than 200,000 oil paintings and 16,000 sculptures in UK galleries from the Shetlands to Scilly.”

Londonist: Black Cultural Archives Just Made Over 4,000 Items Available Online

Londonist: Black Cultural Archives Just Made Over 4,000 Items Available Online. “The Black Cultural Archives in Brixton is one of London’s best resources for exploring the history of African and Caribbean communities in the UK. It’s continually open to the public, but has just become even more accessible, with the digitisation of over 4,000 items from its archives.”

It’s Nice That: The Museum of Youth Culture opens up vast digital archive, via Google Arts & Culture

It’s Nice That: The Museum of Youth Culture opens up vast digital archive, via Google Arts & Culture. “Today the Museum of Youth Culture launches a major partnership with Google Arts & Culture, which will allow people to explore its vast archive of material online for the first time. Founded in 1997 by Jon Swinstead, co-founder of 90s fashion title Sleazenation, the non-profit collects images, videos, flyers and other ephemera that encapsulate youth culture in London and the UK.”

RadioTimes: BBC will make thousands of classic TV clips available on new archive website

RadioTimes: BBC will make thousands of classic TV clips available on new archive website. “The BBC will make nearly 2000 video clips from its archive available to view on its brand new website. BBC Archive will feature a selection of clips from the 10 million hours of content from the BBC stores, which will be curated by the same team that man the hugely popular BBC Archive social media accounts.”

The Newberry: The Newberry Releases Digital Collection of 26,000 Early 20th-Century Postcards

The Newberry: The Newberry Releases Digital Collection of 26,000 Early 20th-Century Postcards. “The Newberry has launched a digital archive of over 26,000 high-quality images of picture postcards produced by pioneering British company Raphael Tuck & Sons during the first half of the 20th century. Drawing on a vast archive of postcards received by the Newberry in 2016 and developed with the support of Leonard A. Lauder, the new digital collection provides users with a comprehensive body of material for investigating the ways in which British citizens formed and disseminated their perceptions of the world 100 years ago.”

University of Glasgow: White Paper raises concerns about access to the nation’s digital past

University of Glasgow: White Paper raises concerns about access to the nation’s digital past. “People are struggling to access a treasure trove of the UK’s modern digital archives due to physical, technological and legal barriers, academics have warned in a White Paper published today. The paper says that unless regulations are changed to take account of user needs in the fast-paced modern world then this priceless national digital resource could become obsolete for future generations.”