Coronavirus information and guidance

Culture and entertainment

Being stuck at home doesn't mean you need to be bored. Find ways to keep your mind engaged and active, which will help keep you mentally well during this time. 

This page contains resources and ideas to keep mentally active while at home. See ideas for caregivers and parents.

Culture at home

The Byre Theatre, Laidlaw Music Centre, the Museums and the Library of the University of St Andrews are working closely together to bring you Culture At Home: performances, music, images, objects, films, poetry, literature or podcasts from the University of St Andrews or recommended for you by our cultural experts.

University museum events

The Museums team is working to reimagine University museums through curiosity and conversation, and to be a cultural and social hub. Bringing people together online, the team will help you to stay connected to St Andrews and take inspiration from the ground-breaking research at this world-leading university. 

Our collections are full to the brim with objects that have interesting stories to tell, whether you are looking for light touch ‘storytelling’, an academic blog or article, or just want to browse our amazing collections online.

Below is a list of events hosted by the University's Museums. See all upcoming events on the Museum events page.

You can also watch previous episodes of Museums events.  

Critical Conversations

The Critical Conversations series asks:

  • Whose voices are missing from museums?
  • Which stories are not told?
  • Which uncomfortable histories remain hidden?
  • How can museums move forward?

From empire and colonialism to climate, identity and more, Critical Conversations bring together voices from a variety of perspectives to consider the critical issues. 

Bell Pettigrew Sessions

Join Museums of the University of St Andrews, the Students’ Association and STAR: St Andrews Radio for the Bell Pettigrew Sessions, to enjoy fantastic live music from St Andrews’ quirkiest venue. From singer-songwriters with a guitar to acoustic funk via jazz, soul and more besides, the Bell Pettigrew Sessions showcase the best student musicians in town. 

Museum Storytime 

Join us for a moment of calm. Our collections are full to the brim with objects that have interesting stories to tell. Take 10 minutes out of your day to hear them in Museum Storytime. 

Who Am I? Who Will I Be?

Take a journey through art and identity with a student from the University of St Andrews. Explore who you are and who you want to be through art and crafts inspired by the Museums’ collections.

Problem Solvers

For those of you with children to entertain at home, look out for Problem Solvers. Join Matt from Museums and a different guest each month to meet problem solvers from the past, explore their big ideas and solve a challenge for today. Each month, you’ll do experiments inspired by something at the Wardlaw Museum, meet an expert from the University of St Andrews and try to solve a problem we face in the world today.  

Wee Wardlaws

The ever-popular Wee Wardlaws session for under 5s is also digital, bringing you rhymes, stories, activities and crafts inspired by our collections.

Take notice

The University Museums, libraries, Laidlaw Music Centre and Byre Theatre have teamed up to bring you Take Notice – a resource to help support your wellbeing. It is designed so that it can be used at home, out and about, or in our spaces when we’re ready to welcome you back.

These activities are designed to help you take some time to focus on yourself. Whether you want to spend ten minutes or an hour on each activity, they’re here to support your wellbeing.

Download the Take Notice activities.