Online Courses

Online Courses

There are thousands of free online courses available for art-related research along with professional development for museum practitioners. Courses below range from art history to operations management. If you have any queries about enrolling in a course, get in touch with a member of our team and we'll do our best to assist you.


An online learning platform offering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). A range of institutions and universities offer free online courses through this platform relating to art history and professional practice in the cultural heritage sector including:


Khan Academy

Produces short lessons in the form of videos as well as supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators. Courses of relevance to art researchers or professionals include:



A learning platform by The Open University offering nearly 1000 free online courses across 8 different subject areas including:


eCollege courses are temporarily available free of charge as an additional support to those impacted by Covid-19 containment measures. Courses may benefit professionals who are wishing to upskill and reskill in digital, ICT and business skills related areas. A sample of the range of courses available include:

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW)

A web-based publication of almost all of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) course content. The 2,400 courses available are searchable by topics, sub-topics, and specialties which include:



Hays Thrive

An online training platform by Hays recruitment agency available to help professionals "thrive in an ever-changing world of work". Course content is available by organisation registration.

Our reading rooms are closed at present but our staff are still available to assist you with your research needs.


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