Sounds Familiar?

Monday to Friday FREE
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Curator-led session for schools and colleges

Led by British Library research staff, experts in English accents and dialects, this session introduces ways of analysing spoken English.

Through this classroom-based talk, students will learn about language change, language variation, and regional vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar in the UK. Students will be introduced to Sounds Familiar, a site that captures and celebrates the diversity of spoken English in the second half of the 20th century, and Voices of the UK, a British Library research project that opens up the BBC Voices sound recordings to students and researchers.

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: 60 minutes. Please allow more time after your workshop to explore the galleries and public spaces.
Group size:

minimum 10, maximum 50 per session

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