This month in Learning

New! Discovering Literature: Shakespeare

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.

New: European crime fiction evening course

Indulge your Euro-crime obsession with acclaimed writer and broadcaster Barry Forshaw on our three-week summer course, booking now.

Poetry Summer School 2016

Take inspiration from 400 years of poetic responses to Shakespeare with award-winning poets Mimi Khalvati, Dr Richard Price and Prof Michael Symmons Roberts.

Shakespeare in Ten Acts: Workshops

Uncover the historical and social context in which Shakespeare’s plays were performed.

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.

Adult learning

We offer a range of learning opportunities for adults, from in-depth courses and masterclasses to free tours and workshops for ESOL learners and adults with learning disabilities.

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

Teachers' Network

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

Community Programme

Film series from the recent West Africa Community Project

Youth Forum

Updates and information from the British Library's Youth Forum.

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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