In accordance with government advice, all De Morgan museums, displays, galleries and exhibitions will be closed from 5 November. The health and safety of our staff and visitors remains our absolute priority. We hope we’ll be able to reopen in early December and welcome visitors back. You can find out more about museum closures on our Visit page.
However, there are lots of ways to enjoy the De Morgan Collection from home.
Curator, Sarah Hardy, lists her top picks for a digital De Morgan experience.
I began these talks on the first day of lockdown and they have been so popular that I am still running them. Every Friday, usually at 12noon, you can join me to discover something brilliant about the Victorian Art World. Have a look at our What’s On page to find out how to book your place.
If you missed it, here’s one I made earlier!
2. Google Arts and Culture
This brilliant platform features all of Evelyn and William De Morgan’s oil paintings and some William De Morgan Ceramics. You can arrange the paintings by artists, date, and even colour, to see groups of pictures together that you simply can’t in our galleries. You can also zoom to 100x so the detail is microscopic and it is a brilliant way to explore the artworks. We’d never let you get this close in real life!
4. Educational activities
If you’re struggling with homeschooling, or looking for something a little different, you can download our free educational resources. Using art as a platform for other subjects can be really engaging and help those who don’t feel so academic to understand difficult subjects.
5. Online Collections Search
The full De Morgan collection of paintings, drawings and ceramics is available online on our website. You can browse by keyword or artist, to discover things that you never knew we had! Even when our museums are open, we only ever have about 50% of the collection on display so this is a real ‘behind the scenes’ opportunity.
6. Audio guides
Ditch the daily podcast or playlist to listen to art works! A really relaxing and engaging way to enjoy our artworks is with these audio clips, which describe the artworks in rich and beautiful detail, whilst also telling you some little know facts about them. Find our collection on audio guides on the SoundCloud app to enjoy them anywhere.
7. Virtual tours
You can read an in depth introduction to each exhibition at our partner sites, see the highlights on display, and download the full, beautifully illustrated exhibition guide on our website. It really is almost as good as a visit!
Please also consider becoming a De Morgan supporter. We rely on donations and income from visitors to our exhibitions and events, and having to cancel our 2020 programme will leave us in a very difficult financial position this year. Please donate what you can to help care for this beautiful collection into the future and allow us to maintain our online events programme as we live through the pandemic.