Set some time aside for some curiosity-tingling and thought-provoking events online – they should help distinguish one day from the next. Revisit Part 5 of our Bookish Pursuits series for more ideas. 

National Science Week may be over but the Powerhouse has a range of fascinating events for it that you can watch on-demand until the end of August:  

  • See Sydney Science Festival Ambassador Corey Tutt's keynote address celebrating “the breadth and depth of knowledge of our first scientists – from bush medicine, astronomy, engineering and forensic science to chemistry, land management and ecology”. 

  • Norman Swan leads a panel of virus experts in a discussion on what we can learn from past pandemics. 

  • Astronomy Ambassador Karlie Noon takes to the skies for a tour through her favourite astronomical objects.

  • If you enjoyed our recent podcast featuring Nam Le's conversation with Rebecca Giggs on all things the ocean, you may be interested in this talk between renowned ocean defender Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and leading Australian marine scientist Emma Johnston.

The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences has also begun digitising its collections, and we’re particularly delighted by its collection of typewriters from the Blickinsderfer of the 1800s to 1960’s Valentine. 

Take on a literary lockdown project at home with the State Library of NSW. Discover the history of your home, make some gingerbread biscuits from an 1861 cookbook, or learn about coming out in the 1970s from stories and records in the Library’s collection.  

The Art Gallery of NSW is bringing one of the most celebrated Australian artists to you at home. Immerse yourself in a virtual tour of the Brett Whiteley Studio and his latest exhibition. 

From Yotam Ottolenghi to Annabel Crabb, enjoy some culinary lockdown inspiration from the Sydney Opera House.   

The Sydney Opera House has also released a series of filmed interviews with inspiring women, including Yumi Stynes and Ione Skye. 

Learn about one of the most remarkable achievements in the whole history of metal-craft – the ancient bronze culture of China – and the delights of Chinese costumes over 1,000 years in this lecture series from the China Cultural Centre. 

Join Sydney Living Museums curators live as they take you behind the scenes and uncover the mysteries within its objects, records and reflections. Next Thursday, curator Dr Carlin de Montfort explores "connections and coincidences in the mysterious world of lost planes and missing pilots".