Exploring Sacred Texts

Tuesdays and Wednesdays FREE
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Bring your learners to investigate some of the beautiful and unique sacred texts in the British Library’s collection. Through a range of activities, learners will encounter texts including a book written entirely in gold, a text written only in pictures, the prayerbook of an Indian princess and the diagram for a ritual with roots 3500 years ago.

Using digitised collection items in our Learning Centre and encountering rare texts on display in our Treasures Gallery, learners will develop confidence in interpreting these texts and the many roles they play. Celebrating texts and sound recordings from nine religions, spanning 4000 miles and over 1000 years, this session supports learners in understanding the concept of a sacred text and the deep connections and common threads that link those in our collection.


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Visit the Discovering Sacred Texts website to explore the sacred texts of the world's great faiths.

find out more about our Sacred texts digital resources here


Generously supported by the Bluston Charitable Trust, in memory of Lily and David Bluston. With thanks to The Al-Khoei Foundation.


Age group: Years 4 - 9
When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Length: 90 minutes
Group size: Minimum - 10 learners; maximum - 30 learners
Key skills: Religious Education
Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Enquiries: learning@bl.uk
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