This month in Learning
Explore Shakespeare’s plays in relation to the social, political and cultural context in which they were written, and in which they have been interpreted over the last four centuries.
Timed for Halloween and led by a panel of Gothic experts, our new adult learning course is devoted to vampire narratives of the last 200 years. Follow their transformation across page, stage and screen and view rare collection items including original manuscripts by Lord Byron, Bram Stoker and Angela Carter.
Explore the ways in which key 20th-century authors experimented with new forms and themes to capture the fast-changing world around them.
Visits and workshops
Inspirational visits to engage learners with our unique collections
We offer a range of free workshops for primary school groups which use our gallery spaces to develop creative thinking, visual and verbal literacy and research skills.
We offer a range of free workshops for secondary schools and further education groups which use our gallery spaces to develop creative thinking, visual and verbal literacy and research skills.
We offer a range of learning opportunities for adults, from in-depth courses and masterclasses to workshops for ESOL learners and adults with learning disabilities.
From Activity Trails to Discovery Days, we welcome families to the British Library to take part in a rich mix of activities designed to engage all the family.
Our Continuing Professional Development programme includes evening events and day-long conferences, many of which are in partnership with other institutions. We provide opportunities for teachers to broaden their subject knowledge and reinvigorate their passion for their subject.
Featured online resources
Unique collection items and expert commentary related to History, English and Citizenship
Discover some of our greatest literary treasures from the Romantic and Victorian periods, and learn about the historical, social and political contexts in which they were written and set.
Discover how World War One affected people on different sides of the conflict through the study of this unique collection of 500 historical sources contributed by libraries from across Europe, as part of a programme led by Europeana
Explore the origins and 800-year legacy of Magna Carta, and discover its relevance to justice, liberty and the law today. This unique collection of historical sources is contextualised through articles and videos from leading experts.
Featured teaching resources
A range of teaching resources to help you plan lessons, design schemes of work and set homework tasks
Magna Carta is an extremely rich source of evidence about life and customs in the 13th century. This activity will enable students to get better acquainted with both the 13th century and Magna Carta as well as provide an introduction to enquiry skills and handling historical evidence.
Ages 7 to 11
Ages 11 to 14
Historical background for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Ages 14 to 16
Ages 16 to 18
Teacher Chris Levack regularly brings his students to the British Library for inspirational visits.
Jessica Rodgers took part in our Writing London project in 2012 engaging young people aged 16-24, outside of formal education, with library and heritage collections.