Exploring English

Monday to Friday FREE
Secondary Exploring English
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  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7797
  • Email: learning@bl.uk
  • Admission: Free entry

Exploring English workshops offer students the opportunity to develop skills in language analysis and interpretation. Looking at original texts on display in the Treasures Gallery as well as digitised texts in the Learning Centre, students will look at some of the key turning points in language change.

Through discussions, creative activities and source-based learning, students will develop an understanding of the diversity of the English language and investigate the impact of power, technology and standardisation on language production.

We recommend booking this workshop alongside a Sounds Familiar talk which introduces ways of analysing spoken English.

Online Resources

Discovering Literature: Explore the British Library’s greatest literary treasures alongside contextual material. Suitable for GCSE and A Level English. 

Sounds Familiar: Uncover the UK’s rich landscape of diverse accents and dialects.

English Timeline: Explore the evolution of English language and literature, from the 11th century to the present day.

Texts in Context: From recipes and adverts to logbooks and songs, explore the many ways in which language is used and produced.


Age group: Year 10 - 13
When: Monday to Friday
Length: 90 minutes. Please allow more time after your workshop to explore the galleries and public spaces.
Group size:

minimum 10, maximum 40 per session

Key skills: English Language
Price: Admission: Free entry
Enquiries: +44 (0)20 7412 7797
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