Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms Primary Workshop

- , 10:30-12:00; 13:00-14:30 FREE
Primary school students doing an activity in a British Library exhibition workshop
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Free exhibition workshops for primary school groups in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition

Immerse yourself in the world of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.

Join us for an activity-led exploration of our Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War exhibition.

Our dedicated schools sessions take learners on a journey through the gallery, taking in a wide range of exhibition objects and supporting History, English, Art and Design and Cross-Curricular Learning.

Run by our team of creative educators, sessions will engage learners in an exploration of the exhibition and its themes including the language, literature and culture of the Anglo-Saxon period. Self-guided visits in the exhibition are also offered free of charge.

About the exhibition

Let the people of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms tell their story, in their own words. Explore the beginnings of the English language and English literature. Read some of the earliest-surviving words inscribed in English on objects large and small. Come face-to-face with manuscripts of Old English poetry and prose and the first letter written in English. Wonder at the wit and wisdom in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.

Encounter handwritten books intricately decorated with rich colours and gold. Discover finely crafted metalwork and sculpture unearthed in recent times. See the deep artistic connections between Anglo-Saxon England and its European neighbours.

Glimpse into the past through original manuscripts to explore the corners of the kingdoms. Many books were produced, but few survive – our exhibition is your opportunity to follow the journeys of magnificent manuscripts, some back in Britain for the first time in centuries.

Objects from the Library’s own collection, including Beowulf and Bede's Ecclesiastical History, sit alongside treasures from the recently discovered Staffordshire Hoard. Domesday Book offers its unrivalled depiction of the landscape of late Anglo-Saxon England while Codex Amiatinus, a giant Northumbrian Bible taken to Italy in 716, returns to England for the first time in 1300 years.

Also available

Exhibition workshops for Secondary schools, Teaching About the Anglo-Saxons: CPD conference for Primary and Secondary, and Twilight English CPD - Inspired by Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms.


Age group: Years 3-6
When: - , 10:30-12:00; 13:00-14:30
Length: 90 minutes
Group size:

Minimum 10 learners, maximum 30 learners. See details of adult-learner ratios on our How to Book page.

Key skills: History, Art and Design, English, Cross-Curricular Learning
Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: British Library St Pancras
Enquiries: +44 (0)207 412 7797
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