This month in Learning
Explore the history of global writing-systems and create your own non-Latin type design during this weekend masterclass
100 years on from the signing of the armistice, this resource examines key themes in the history of World War One. Explore original source material, articles written by historians, teachers' notes and more to discover how war affected people on different sides of the conflict
Six expert speakers discuss the origins & development of diary-keeping from Samuel Pepys to 21st-century vloggers, by way of Romantic travellers, Antarctic explorers & office workers. We also discover how the British Library acquires, preserves & curates diaries, making these unique works available to the public.
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, Religious Studies and Citizenship
Learn more about the world of Shakespeare & Renaissance writers. Explore a range of critical views on key plays & poems.
Discover how World War One affected people on different sides of the conflict via this collection of over 500 historical sources contributed by libraries from across Europe
Featured teaching resources
A range of teaching resources to help you plan lessons, design schemes of work and set homework tasks
This thematic collection (drawn from Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians) will allow students to read and understand 19th-century non-fiction texts, and support them in identifying key features for a range of genres, audiences and purposes.
Ages 14 to 16
Ages 16 to 18
Subjects explored in this pack include colonial history, empire, the slave trade, and military history. The West India Regiments project explores how British-armed people of African descent served within the wider British Army in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Ages 11 to 14
Develop understanding and examine the theme of social responsibility, and use the medium of drama to present character's views.
Ages 11 to 14
Ages 14 to 16
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.