This month in Learning

Drawing Masterclass: Animal Encounters

Take inspiration from the epic adventures of James Cook’s artists and their journeys into the unknown

Drawings of Discovery: Penguins to Polar Bears

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.

West India Regiments

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.

James Cook: The Voyages – School Workshops

Now booking: free exhibition workshops for Primary and Secondary school groups in the 'James Cook: The Voyages' exhibition

Visits and workshops

Inspirational visits to engage learners with our unique collections

Primary schools

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.

Secondary schools and college workshops

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.

Adult learning

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.

Family activities

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.

Teacher events and CPD

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.

How to book your visit

Practical information about bringing your group to the British Library, from completing our booking form to details on getting here.

Featured online resources

Unique collection items and expert commentary related to History, English and Citizenship

Romantics and Victorians

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.

World War One

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

Magna Carta

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

What can Magna Carta tell us about life in medieval times?

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

Shelley’s Frankenstein: The Ghost Story Challenge

Historical background for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Ages 14 to 16

Ages 16 to 18

India and World War One

The aim of this lesson is to introduce the role and contribution of the Indian forces on the Western Front.

Ages 11 to 14

Ages 14 to 16

Ages 16 to 18

Learning projects

Community Programme

Film series from the recent West Africa Community Project

All projects

Case studies

…I don’t think you could ask for a more conducive learning environment…

Teacher Chris Levack regularly brings his students to the British Library for inspirational visits.

…we felt like we had a bond with everybody…

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.

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