Adult Courses

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For your curious mind. Delve into some of the greatest treasures in our collection with our courses.

Whether you’re looking to hone a skill, learn a craft or discover a new passion, we have programme of vibrant subjects designed for you to study wherever you are.

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.

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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.

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Drury Lane Theatre advertisement
Online Course

Learn Live: Comedy Writing – TV and Online Sketch Comedy

Two week course starting -
Medieval women
Online Course

Learn Live: Medieval Women Writers

Two week course starting -
Opening of Beowulf
At the Library Course

Old English Masterclass

Two day course starting -
Example of old English in a manuscript
Online Course

Learn Live: Old English for Beginners

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Traditional writing tools
Online Course

Learn Live: Creative Reading – How Stories Begin

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Writer writing at a desk
Online Course

Learn Live: Creative Reading – Getting to Know Characters

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Example of drawing and mindfulness
Online Course

Craft Live: Drawing and Mindfulness

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Detailed drawing in a manuscript
At the Library Course

Drawing, Poetry and Mindfulness Masterclass

Two day course starting -
Ink portrait of Beethoven
Online Course

Learn Live: Exploring Beethoven

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Latin manuscript
Online Course

Learn Live: Introduction to Latin

Two week course starting -
Architectural designs
At the Library Course

Summer School: Explorations in Architecture

Five day course starting -
Example of vintage embroidery
At the Library Course

Activism Embroidery

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World map – Image taken from [A General Map of the World on Mercator's projection]..Originally published/produced in [Yedo?], [1860?].
Online Course

Learn Live: Migration in Children's Literature

4 week course starting -
Illuminated manuscript illustration
At the Library Course

Life Writing Masterclass

Two day course starting -