With many of us being discouraged from going out, why not catch up on all those interesting lectures you missed in the past?
A number of institutions stream their lectures, and some also maintain an archive off their previous talks.
When you’ve run out of TV box sets to watch, feed the mind as well…
Mix of art, science, politics, music, law and mathematics
They have been putting their lectures online for some years, and often include the transcript and presentation as downloadable files.
Mostly global economics and politics
Many of their free lectures, often featuring quite significant people in their respective fields are available either as video, or podcast.
They don’t video their main lectures, but the children-friendly Christmas Lectures are on their website.
They hold regular lectures in their grand building, and post some of their lectures, and also interviews on their YouTube channel.
Mix of politics, social affairs, economics and humanities
They offer a range of videos, from topical insights, short educational snippets, animations, and streams of their public lectures.
A collection of videos of lectures given over the past year.
Cambridge University Press has made all 700 textbooks currently available in HTML format on Cambridge Core free to access until the end of May. Although at time of writing, that’s offline due to traffic load, so try again later.
Huge resource of mainly very technical documents, but you can search all open access content on JSTOR without a login – there’s more than 6,000 ebooks and over 150 journals. If you do open a paid access account, you can usually download up to 3 documents without paying.
An online publishing platform often used by academics to share presentations and reports – usually by subscription, but they are offering a 30-day freebie via this link – just remember to cancel in a month’s time (or not as the case may be).
There is also a completely free selection of shorter films here.