Primary schools

We have limited availability for the rest of the summer term 2015. But don't miss out! We are taking bookings for the autumn term and we hope to welcome you then.

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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. Click on the links below to find out more.

Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy

Explore the history of Magna Carta in workshops accompanying our current exhibition.


West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song

Explore the literary and oral traditions of West Africa in workshops accompanying our forthcoming exhibition.

Research Matters

Introducing Research: Question, Think, Do

Ideal for a first visit, this cross-curricular, creative workshop introduces students to the concept of research.

What is Writing?

What is Writing? Bones to Bytes

A creative, hands-on workshop exploring the process of writing and its history.

St Cuthbert's Gospel

Make a Book!

A practical and creative bookmaking workshop that draws on the Library's collections for inspiration.


Make a Book - SEN

Practical and creative bookmaking, specifically adapted for primary level SEN groups.


Play on Words

A creative writing workshop using collection items and experimental techniques to inspire new work.


Sacred Texts

A workshop that encourages participants to find their own connections with magnificent sacred texts from eight different religions.

Map Your World workshop

Map Your World

Uncover the layers of meaning beneath maps and explore those that changed the world.