This month in Learning
Take inspiration from the epic adventures of James Cook’s artists and their journeys into the unknown
Could you draw a kangaroo from memory? What if you were seeing it for the first time? Experiment with drawing animals through playful challenges. Gather your sketches in a traveller’s portfolio and hear how Captain James Cook’s artists drew animals to amaze their friends back home.
Use the history of the West India Regiments to explore armed people of African descent serving within the wider British army to bring improved understanding of the nature of racial thought from the 18th to 20th centuries.
Visits and workshops
Inspirational visits to engage learners with our unique collections
We offer a range of free workshops for primary school groups which use our gallery spaces to develop creative thinking, visual and verbal literacy and research skills.
We offer a range of free workshops for secondary schools and further education groups which use our gallery spaces to develop creative thinking, visual and verbal literacy and research skills.
We offer a range of learning opportunities for adults, from in-depth courses and masterclasses to workshops for ESOL learners and adults with learning disabilities.
From regular monthly workshops to special Family Days, we welcome families to the British Library to take part in a range of creative activities designed for all the family.
Our Continuing Professional Development programme includes evening events and day-long conferences, many of which are in partnership with other institutions. We provide opportunities for teachers to broaden their subject knowledge and reinvigorate their passion for their subject.
Featured online resources
Unique collection items and expert commentary related to History, English and Citizenship
Discover some of our greatest literary treasures from the Romantic and Victorian periods, and learn about the historical, social and political contexts in which they were written and set.
Discover how World War One affected people on different sides of the conflict through the study of this unique collection of 500 historical sources contributed by libraries from across Europe, as part of a programme led by Europeana
Explore the origins and 800-year legacy of Magna Carta, and discover its relevance to justice, liberty and the law today. This unique collection of historical sources is contextualised through articles and videos from leading experts.
Featured teaching resources
A range of teaching resources to help you plan lessons, design schemes of work and set homework tasks
Magna Carta is an extremely rich source of evidence about life and customs in the 13th century. This activity will enable students to get better acquainted with both the 13th century and Magna Carta as well as provide an introduction to enquiry skills and handling historical evidence.
Ages 7 to 11
Ages 11 to 14
Historical background for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Ages 14 to 16
Ages 16 to 18
Teacher Chris Levack regularly brings his students to the British Library for inspirational visits.
Jessica Rodgers took part in our Writing London project in 2012 engaging young people aged 16-24, outside of formal education, with library and heritage collections.