Writing: Making Your Mark - Primary Workshop

- , 10:30-12:00 and 13:00-14:30 FREE
Primary school pupils look through a glass case at a collection item in a schools workshop
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Primary School Workshops for Years 3 - 6

Follow the remarkable evolution of writing from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs carved in stone to the digital communication tools we use today in our new exhibition, Writing: Making your Mark

Our engaging school workshops take learners on an activity-led journey through the gallery, supporting History, English, Art and Design and cross-curricular learning. Led by experienced creative educators, learners will explore the exhibition’s themes and encounter a wide range of objects in an exhibition spanning seven continents and 5000 years of history. 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 school and college groups of all ages.

About the exhibition

Marvel at centuries of human innovation as writing enabled progress and opened doors to expression and art. Our interactive exhibition gives you the chance to reflect on works of genius that wouldn’t exist without the writing traditions of civilisations past: be dazzled by gold-laden Japanese calligraphy. Study Mozart’s musical flourishes. Pore over Alexander Fleming’s pioneering notebook. Each of these written records carries the history of writing in their every stroke.

Finally, reflect on writing’s future and the role you’ll play in an increasingly digital world. Will we abandon pens and keyboards for voice and video messaging, or continue to carry the traditions of ancient times with us?



Age group: Years 3 - 6
When: - , 10:30-12:00 and 13:00-14:30
Length: 90 minutes
Group size:

Minimum group size - 10 learners; maximum group size - 30 learners

Key skills: English, literacy, history, art and design, critical thinking
Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: British Library St Pancras
Enquiries: 020 7412 7797
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