Adult Courses

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For your curious mind. A programme of vibrant subjects for you to study wherever you are.

We’re delighted some of our courses will be heading back to the Library with sessions exploring a few of the greatest treasures in our collection. But if you’ve been enjoying crafting and learning from the comfort of your own home we’re continuing to offer plenty of sessions online too.

Explore all our At the Library Courses

Explore all our Online Courses

Who are our courses for?

Courses are for adults aged 18 years and over. If you are aged between 16-17 years, please contact adultLearning@bl.uk and your parent/guardian will be asked to sign a permission form.

Our courses are in English and are mostly aimed at beginners unless otherwise stated. Please check the individual course outline for specific details.

Sign up to hear about future courses

We're regularly developing new courses. If you would like to join our mailing list to be notified when courses are open for booking, please email adultlearning@bl.uk.

Series events

Open leather-bound book
At the Library Course

Bookbinding Masterclass

Two day course starting -
Writer poised to start writing in a notebook
Online Course

Learn Live: Exploring Climate Change with Poetry

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A Queen's script
Online Course

Webinar: The Queens' Scripts with Patricia Lovett MBE

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Quill and ink pot
At the Library Course

Quills and Calligraphy Masterclass

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Old English Manuscript
At the Library Course

Old English Masterclass

Two day course starting -
Tudor rose
Online Course

Learn Live: Writing Historic Fiction – The Tudors

Six week course starting -
Old black and white photogrphs on a table with a book
Online Course

Learn Live: Memoir – Plotting Your Story

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Hand-painted illuminated portrait of a queen
At the Library Course

Portrait Masterclass: Elizabeth and Mary

Two day course starting -
Pencil drawing of young woman and child
Online Course

Learn Live: Memoir – Building Your Characters

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Sepia image showing three military men on horseback in front of a bridge
Online Course

Learn Live: Memoir – Perfecting Your Sentences

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Vintage Christmas card showing a traditional Christmas pudding being brought in on a tray
At the Library Course

Paper Craft Masterclass: Christmas Card Making

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Vintage Christmas card
Online Course

Craft Live: Christmas Card Making

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