Teaching Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms

, 09:30–16:00
Participants in a teachers event at the British Library
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  • Tel: +44 (0)207 412 7337
  • Email: learning@bl.uk
  • £180 full price; concessions available

This full-day CPD event at the British Library, run in partnership with the Historical Association, is perfect for expanding your subject knowledge of the Anglo-Saxon period. Both Primary and Secondary practitioners will have a choice of pathways through the event, benefiting from a range of academic and practical sessions to support classroom teaching, with all delegates experiencing a visit to this landmark exhibition. The day will also feature keynote sessions from lead exhibition curator Claire Breay, the British Library's Head of Ancient Medieval & Early Modern Manuscripts, and historian and broadcaster Michael Wood.

The day will feature workshop sessions from:

  • Karin Doull – Principal Lecturer, School of Education, University of Roehampton
  • Andrew Wrenn – freelance consultant and writer in history education
  • Michael Fordham – Subject Specialist Lead (History) - Inspiration Trust
  • Helen Snelson – Curriculum Area Leader, Secondary History PGCE, University of York
  • British Library Learning educators running sessions in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War exhibition

See further details of keynote and workshop sessions here.


09:30     Registration

10:00     Welcome

10:15     Opening keynote: Claire Breay

11:00     Break

11:15     Workshop 1 – choice of sessions

12:15     Workshop 2 – choice of sessions

13:15    Lunch

14:15    Workshop 3 – choice of sessions

15:15    Closing keynote : Michael Wood

About the exhibition

600 years. 180 spectacular treasures. A once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

Treasures from the British Library’s own collection, including Beowulf and Bede's Ecclesiastical History, sit alongside stunning finds 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.

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. Glimpse into the past through original manuscripts to explore the corners of the kingdoms. Many books were produced, but few survive – this is your opportunity to follow the journeys of these magnificent manuscripts, brought together for a major landmark exhibition.

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Also available

Free exhibition workshops for Primary and Secondary school groups, and Twilight English CPD – Inspired by Anglo Saxon Kingdoms.


Age group: Teachers at Key Stage 2–5
When: , 09:30–16:00
Key skills: History teaching; Professional Development

£180 full price; concessions available

Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Enquiries: +44 (0)207 412 7337
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