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12th February 1999 at 00:00

You get access to more information here than if you had walked through the Tate's doors. The Turner collection is at the core of the gallery. The images can be used by art teachers or by those who value having access to the some of the best paintings of the last 200 years.


From the first cameras until the Twenties. Contains sections on the beginnings, the influential people in the early history and the significant processes, movements and styles.



Worth visiting to hear much of the early music of one of the century's great musicians. You will need RealAudio software, which is available free, and you will be able to listen to very good quality sound. It is also a good demonstration of audio on demand and of the power of the Internet to work with sound.



It is difficult to think of a more interesting way to introduce physics concepts. "If you are in a spaceship far between the stars and you put a scale underneath you, the scale would read zero. Your weight is zero. You are weightless. There is an anvil floating next to you. It's also weightless. Are you or the anvil mass-less? Absolutely not. If you grabbed the anvil and tried to shake it, you would have to push it to get it going and pull it to get it to stop. It still has inertia and hence mass, yet it has no weight. See the difference?" The site has a simple way of determining your weight on a number of places ranging from the moon to Callisto, one of Jupiter's moons.


An invitation to participate in astronomy. Users can register to use the telescope which is located on the West Yorkshire moors. The telescope works remotely and decides when conditions are right for making observations. Anyone on the Internet can register and ask the telescope to look at anything in the northern night sky. Other data (weather information and reports) is obtained and updated on this site automatically every day.



It is often instructive to look at something we know from the real world and see how a designer translates it into the on-line world. "The Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus is an exploration of sense relationships within the English language. By clicking on words, you follow a thread of meaning, creating a spatial map of linguistic associations."


An amazing collection of optical illusions with claims to be the most comprehensive collection of optical and sensory illusions on the Web. Can be used in the study of media or as part of science. There are interactive demonstrations, up-to-date and reliable scientific explanations, school projects, illusion artwork, interactive puzzles, 3D graphics, reading lists, bibliographies, perception links and much more.


Pinhole photography is an interesting way to teach about light, as well as a great way to teach about images. The pages contain information about the history and theory. A comprehensive guide for newcomers to the subject.



Do you have a burning need for online writing? Calling itself "an energy nexus for various literary projects", it contains visual literature, performance and sound poetries and more. The avant garde nature of the site makes it more suited to those with an adventurous disposition.


There's an education section with an introduction to the Write an Opera project; links to music sites and practical ideas and workshop packs for creating ballet and opera; discussion groups where students and teachers can share their enthusiasms and expertise.

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