Between the Lines

Photo courtesy of Artscope
Photo courtesy of Artscope


Suitable for: Adults with learning disabilities

Available: Monday - Friday

Length: 90 minutes

Group size: minimum 5 participants

Workshop outline

Between the Lines is a workshop aimed at adults with learning disabilities. It has been developed in partnership with Haringey Day Opportunities Service.

The session takes place in and around the public spaces, galleries and the Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre. Participants are introduced to the range of collections on display with particular focus on maps, sound recordings and printed books.

Each workshop is made up of a series of creative, tactile activities based around the themes of books and language, sound and movement and shapes and space. Sessions are open-ended with participants having choice over the activities. A box is presented at the beginning of each session which includes a range of objects with each object signposting a different activity. Participants choose an object that leads to a particular part of the Library and a related activity.

The workshop aims to provide a new experience for participants with learning disabilities and raise the confidence of both participants and support staff in engaging with historical collections.

We recommend this workshop as part of a 3-stage visit:

  1. Pre-visit session for support staff (90 minutes)
    This session will give support workers the opportunity to find out more about the workshop. Support workers will be able to try out activities and discuss the needs of their service users with British Library staff.
  2. Workshop for participants (90 minutes)
    See details above.
  3. Self-guided visit (90 minutes)
    Support workers and participants are encouraged to return to the British Library for a self-guided visit. The group can borrow the resources used during the workshop.

Each session should be booked on a separate day.

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