Adult Courses

British Library Courses

Our short courses offer a variety of inspirational and creative learning opportunities

If you want to develop fresh perspectives with leading thinkers or get creative with contemporary artists, our courses are the place to start. Inspired by our world-renowned collections and research, we bring together Library experts and guest specialists to provide a unique learning experience. 

Explore a vibrant range of subjects on our evening and daytime courses, or develop skills in different art forms on our practical courses and weekend masterclasses. Intimate class sizes mean you'll get the most out of every session with us. On our study days, you'll hear a range of specialists debate key themes from the Library's collections and exhibitions.

Courses are for adults (18 years and over). If you are aged between 16-17 years, please contact AdultLearning@bl.uk

What our participants say...

'‘The attention to detail and the care with which participants were involved at their own level was remarkable.’

'I particularly liked the balance of learning to personal creativity.'

'The content, pace, tutor, confidence gained and the skills introduced: perfect.'

'I couldn't give you higher marks.'

Series events

Kangaroo by Sydney Parkinson (c) Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
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Drawing Masterclass: Animal Encounters

Weekend masterclass: -
Bookbinding
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Bookbinding Masterclass

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Old English Masterclass
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Old English Masterclass

Weekend masterclass: -
Kangaroo by Sydney Parkinson (c) Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
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Drawing Masterclass: Animal Encounters

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Romantics and Victorians
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Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians

Five day summer school -
Infinite Journeys
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Infinite Journeys: Interactive Fiction Summer School

Five day summer school, beginning -
End bands course
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Twined End-bands in the Bookbinding Traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean

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Creative writing course
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Voyages: Creative Writing Masterclass

Weekend masterclass, -
Bookbinding
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Bookbinding Masterclass

Weekend masterclass: -
Leather and wood photo album, with black and white photographs.
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Writing Life Stories Masterclass

Weekend masterclass: -
Journalism Masterclass, September 2018
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Journalism Masterclass

Weekend masterclass: -
History of the Book
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History of the Book

Six week course, starting -
Illumination Masterclass
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Illumination Masterclass

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