Adult Courses

Adult 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

Cards
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Pop up Greetings Card Masterclass

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Books
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Pop up Book Making Masterclass

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Kitten asleep on bookshelf
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Cats in Literature

Six week course, beginning -
Hand writing notes
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Creative Writing Masterclass: Anglo-Saxons

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Lindisfarne Gospels
Study Day

Study Day: Anglo-Saxon Life and Thought

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Anglo-Saxon jewellery
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Anglo-Saxon Jewellery Making Masterclass

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Quills
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Quills and Calligraphy Masterclass

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Workshop attendees
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Old English Masterclass: Intermediate Level

Weekend masterclass: -
Artist pencil drawing a life study
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Life Drawing Masterclass: Anglo-Saxons

Weekend masterclass: -
Course attendees discussing writing examples
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Comedy Writing for TV and Radio

Weekend masterclass: -
Creative papermaking
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Decorative Papers and Bookbinding Masterclass

Weekend masterclass: -
Arabic Literature
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Classical Arabic Literature

Five-week course, beginning -
Hand writing notes
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Creative Masterclass for Writers and Translators

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Bookbinding
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Bookbinding Masterclass

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