Buddhism – Secondary Workshop

- , 10:30 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 14:30 FREE
Photograph of Buddhist collection item
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Free secondary workshops for Years 7 – 13

Encounter the outstanding beauty of Buddhist manuscripts and artworks in the largest exhibition of its kind ever held at the British Library. 

Our engaging school workshops take learners on an activity-led journey through the gallery, supporting Religious Education, Art and Design and cross-curricular learning. Led by our Learning Facilitators learners will explore the exhibition’s themes and encounter a wide range of objects including colourful scrolls, artefacts decorated with great detail and lavishly illuminated books spanning 2,000 years and 20 countries. Workshops take place inside the gallery, last 90 minutes and are free to book for UK school groups. 

Self-guided visits are also available to book for UK and international school and college groups.

Primary school workshops are also available. 

For teachers: our next CPD event Exploring Sacred Texts for Religious Education at Primary and Secondary is now available to book.

About the exhibition

How did Buddhism grow from its beginnings in 6th-century BCE India to having over 500 million international followers today? How did the life of the Buddha unfold? What inspires Buddhist practice?

Meet the women whose stories are told through Buddhist scripture. Admire artefacts made by hand in a setting inspired by a Buddhist temple. From sacred texts written on tree bark, palm leaves and gold plates to exquisite silk scrolls of major sutras, follow the life of the Buddha and his previous incarnations. Find out how Buddhism was pivotal in developing writing and printing techniques, transmitting ideas and stories across Asia. Lose yourself in a natural soundscape. Understand current customs and beliefs, gain insight into meditation, and experience the feeling of stepping into a monastic library.

Mindfulness. Compassion. Tolerance. Many of us have heard of the principles of Buddhism. Discover their origins, see beautiful artworks, and understand what these concepts mean for Buddhists in the world today.

Find out more about the Buddhism exhibition.

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Age group: Years 7 – 13
When: - , 10:30 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 14:30
Length: 90 minutes
Group size:

Maximum group size – 30 learners; minimum group size – 10 learners

Key skills: Religious Education; Art and Design; cross-curriclar learning
Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: British Library St Pancras
Enquiries: (0)20 7412 7797
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