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Explore a vibrant range of subjects on one of our short courses

If you want to develop fresh perspectives with leading thinkers or get creative with contemporary artists, our courses are the place to start. Inspired by our world-renowned collections and research, we bring together Library experts and guest specialists to provide a unique learning experience.

We offer evening and daytime courses across a range of subjects, or you can develop skills in different art forms on our practical courses and weekend masterclasses. Intimate class sizes mean you'll get the most out of every session with us. On our study days , you'll hear a range of specialists debate key themes from the Library's collections and exhibitions.

You might also be interested in our upcoming courses in partnership with City Lit, Memoir and Nature Writing .

Courses are for adults (18 years and over). If you are aged between 16-17 years, please contact AdultLearning@scumliferp.com .
Please note we operate a no refund or exchange policy on Adult Course tickets.

What our participants say ...

'' The attention to detail and the care with which participants were involved at their own level was remarkable. '

'I particularly liked the balance of learning to personal creativity.'

'The content, pace, tutor, confidence gained and the skills introduced: perfect.'

'I couldn't give you higher marks.'

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A map of the British Isles
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The Story of Maps

Six-week course, beginning -
A woman typing on a laptop
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Autobiography Masterclass

Weekend masterclass: -
A prince dressed in orange
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The Mughal Empire

Six-week course, beginning: -
A collection of black and white photographs on an old album
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Biography Masterclass

Weekend masterclass: -
Photograph of someone writing calligraphy
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Islamic Calligraphy Masterclass

Weekend masterclass: -
Two learners study some text
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Old English Masterclass

Weekend masterclass: -
Illustrations of various desserts from Beetons Everyday Cookery and Housekeeping Book
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Food Writing Study Day

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Portrait of Wordsworth and his manuscript of "Daffodils"
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Poetry Writing Masterclass

Weekend course, -
Composite image of manuscripts and printed pages.
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History of the Book

Six-week course, beginning -
A page of Hebrew text with decorative rubric.
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Introduction to Hebrew

Two-day course, beginning -
Women around a table smiling at a woman.
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Reading Women's Writing

Six-week course, beginning -
Beautiful Latin manuscript text
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Quills and Calligraphy Masterclass

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Political activist banner
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Protest Craft

Weekend course, -
Woman in a hat holding up copies of "Birth Control Review"
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From Bombs to Birth Control: The New Suffragettes

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Detail of a Hebrew manuscript.
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Introduction to the Art of Hebrew Lettering

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Standing aged woman looking directly at camera holding kiwi fruit.
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Portrait Photography Masterclass

Weekend course, -
Placard with "Women's Rights are Human Rights" on it.
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Human Rights of Women

Six-week course, beginning -
Scissors, paper and other bookbinding paraphernalia.
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Bookbinding Masterclass

Weekend course, -
Folded newspapers.
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Journalism Masterclass

Weekend course, -
People casually sitting and laughing and smiling.
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Discovering LGBTQ + Literature

Six-week course, beginning -
Illuminated Jewish manuscript
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Discovering Jewish Texts

Six-week course, beginning -
Manuscript illumination featuring lions with cubs.
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Illumination Masterclass

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