We may not be going out at the moment but there are still many virtual activities that can still be enjoyed. Here are our suggestions of a few things to do this January.

Reading The Nineteenth Century Online – Elizabeth Gaskell House
How was the mother seen in Victorian times? Was she a domestic angel, designed for this sacred role? What about the ‘fallen woman’ as mother? To answer these questions and more, we’ll be reading a range of classic texts that shine a spotlight on motherhood in Victorian Britain starting with Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters.

The course is suitable for the general reader who wants to delve deeper into reading the nineteenth-century. Grab your book and hunker down for some cosy winter reading, and then join the sessions for a fun and informative closer look at the text and the context of each classic novel. Numbers are limited to allow an inclusive discussion with chance for all to take part.

Halle Online Winter Season
The Hallé will once again take to the stage of both The Bridgewater Hall and Hallé St Peter’s. Each of the concerts will be shown online and will include interviews with conductors, artists, members of the orchestra and others, offering some fascinating insights, as well as magnificent music.

Take the time to hear music again and book the Hallé’s online winter season.

Fun & Games: Playtime, past and present – Portico Library
Games and hobbies have provided comfort and stimulation, offering a fun and creative way to pass the time alone or with our households, and opportunities to connect with others online. The exhibition also considers how games are used as social and ideological tools.

Happy Makers Online at Z-arts for age 5 – 10 years
During these hour long sessions the Happy Makers will be playfully exploring fun techniques that encourage children to use their wonderful imaginations and express themselves confidently and creatively through art-making!

All of the classes are online and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home.

Handmade at the Whitworth for age 50+
The Whitworths age friendly programme of sociable online craft workshops for adults age 50+ to encouraging isolated members of the community to socialise, and be creative. Try something new and make friends. Join in and try your hand at a range of arts and craft skills.

Each session will focus on a different craft with an artist who will introduce and guide you through the processes. Every week an artist introduces a new technique, craft skill or material for everyone to use and create something handmade.

Take a virtual tour around Ordsall Hall
Never visited the Ordsall Hall before? Now’s your chance to discover what’s inside with the virtual tour and explore each of the rooms. Explore the house, gardens, the museum database of 10,000 historical artifacts and browse some of Salford Museum and Art Gallery’s social history collection.

Manchester United online kit exhibition
United Kit Revisited explores the history of shirts, colours and even looks at today’s modern jerseys. The exhibition also provides supporters with exclusive access to the museum’s collection, including never-before-seen objects.

For loads more information on things to virtually see, contact the visitor information team at visitorinformation@manchester.gov.uk or go to the Visit Manchester website.