Sacred Texts


Age group: Year 7 - 13

Available: Monday – Friday

Length: 90 minutes. Please allow more time after your workshop to explore the galleries and public spaces

Group size: minimum 10

Subjects and Key Skills

Religious Education, Critical Thinking

Workshop outline

Can sacred texts help us to understand our lives today? Are there different ways of exploring texts from different religions?  This workshop will help visitors find their own connections with the magnificent sacred texts on display in the Treasures gallery.

Creative educators will work with students to look closely and learn from an array of texts. Participants will be able to view Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Jain, Jewish, Sikh and Zoroastrian texts. The workshop will help students develop the skills needed for investigating texts, especially how to look closely at source material.

Pre-visit activities

  • Understanding Sacred Texts is an online interactive that investigates the Abrahamic scriptures by posing a range of questions to a panel of 'experts': faith leaders, educators, young people, theologians and an atheist philosopher.

Post-visit activities

  • Explore 12 stories from six different religions in our online interactive, Sacred Stories. All 12 stories have been animated using images from the British Library's collection. Discover the origins of the tales and investigate the crossovers and contrasts between them

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