This month in Learning

Book Now: New Adult Learning Courses

Be inspired by our popular Alice in Wonderland exhibition with courses in February and March. Learn the art of illustration or delve into the history of children’s literature with guest specialists and Library curators.

Making History

New for 2016! Challenge your students to think about how we view history and create meaning from historical objects.

Alice in Wonderland Discovery Day

Dress up and join us for a jam-packed day of Alice-inspired hilarity and playful antics.

West Africa Community Project

Join our community project and create a film inspired by the British Library’s West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song exhibition.

Visits and workshops

Inspirational visits to engage learners with our unique collections

Primary schools

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.

Secondary schools and colleges

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.

Higher education and adult education

We offer a range of free tours and workshops for higher education and adult groups, which use our gallery spaces to develop critical thinking, creativity and research skills.

Family activities

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.

Teacher events

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.

How to book your visit

Practical information about bringing your group to the British Library, from completing our booking form to details on getting here.

Featured online resources

Unique collection items and expert commentary related to History, English and Citizenship

Romantics and Victorians

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.

World War One

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

Magna Carta

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

What can Magna Carta tell us about life in medieval times?

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

Shelley’s Frankenstein: The Ghost Story Challenge

Historical background for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Ages 14 to 16

Ages 16 to 18

India and World War One

The aim of this lesson is to introduce the role and contribution of the Indian forces on the Western Front.

Ages 11 to 14

Ages 14 to 16

Ages 16 to 18

Learning projects

Adult Learning Courses

Our new programme of short courses offers a range of inspirational and creative learning opportunities in the heart of London’s Knowledge Quarter.

Family programme

The British Library welcomes children and families throughout the year to engage in creative activities inspired by our collection and exhibitions.

Teachers' Network

We are always looking for ways to improve our programme. Find out how you can help us do this.

West Africa Community Project

Join our community project and create a film inspired by the British Library’s West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song exhibition.

Case studies

…I don’t think you could ask for a more conducive learning environment…

Teacher Chris Levack regularly brings his students to the British Library for inspirational visits.

…we felt like we had a bond with everybody…

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.

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