Adult Courses

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Explore a vibrant range of subjects on one of our short courses

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.

We offer evening and daytime courses across a range of subjects, or you can 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.

You might also be interested in our upcoming courses in partnership with City Lit, Memoir and Nature Writing.

Courses are for adults (18 years and over). If you are aged between 16-17 years, please contact AdultLearning@bl.uk.
Please note we operate a no refund or exchange policy on Adult Course tickets.

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.'

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Old English Masterclass: two learners study some text
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Old English Masterclass (Intermediate Level)

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Discovering Buddhism: the Buddha bathes in the river at Kakuttha, lies down, and sends a message to Kunda in this scene created in Burma circa 1800 - 1820
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Discovering Buddhism

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Discovering Children's Literature: a scene from the Mad Hatter's Tea Party in Alice in Wonderland
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Discovering Children's Literature

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Writers and Translators: four learners compare notes around a desk
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Creative Masterclass for Writers and Translators

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Tibetan Calligraphy: drawing of a hand painting letters
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Tibetan Calligraphy Masterclass

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Zen yoga: a photo of a pile of stones
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Zen Buddhist Yoga

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Art and Mindfulness: a woman drawing
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Buddhism: Art and Mindfulness

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Zen calligraphy: two learners chat in the background, with a pot of paintbrushes in the foreground
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Zen Calligraphy

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Pop Up Greetings Cards: a woman holds up a card pop-up she has made
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Pop-up Greetings Card Masterclass

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Pop Up Greetings Cards: a woman holds up a card pop-up she has made
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Pop-up Greetings Card Masterclass

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Writing Children in Literature: two learners reading
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Writing Children in Fiction Masterclass

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Pop Up Greetings Cards: a woman holds up a card pop-up she has made
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Pop-up Greetings Card Masterclass

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Study day - fairytales: book art from Rapunzel, Grimm's Fairy Tales and The Sleeping Beauty
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Study Day: Fairy Tales

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