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Discovering Children's Books

Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with Discovering Children's Books. For children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages.

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Reading for Pleasure Primary Teacher CPD

This full day conference for primary school teachers and librarians, run by Guardian Education Centre in partnersip with British Library Learning, will explore strategies to engage young people with reading, putting books at the heart of learning.

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Islamic Calligraphy Masterclass

During this weekend masterclass practise writing the Arabic alphabet and learn the methods and materials used by calligraphers

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Relaxed Early Opening for Families

Join us for a free autism-friendly early opening of the British Library

Visits and workshops

Inspirational visits to engage learners with our unique collections

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, Religious Studies and Citizenship

Discovering Literature: Shakespeare

Discovering Literature: Shakespeare & Renaissance writers

Learn more about the world of Shakespeare & Renaissance writers. Explore a range of critical views on key plays & poems.

World War One

World War One

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.

Magna Carta

Magna Carta

Explore the origins & 800-year legacy of Magna Carta, & discover its relevance to justice, liberty & the law today.

Featured teaching resources

A range of teaching resources to help you plan lessons, design schemes of work and set homework tasks

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19th-century non-fiction texts: Education

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

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West India Regiments

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

Teacher notes

Priestley's An Inspector Calls : social responsibility

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

Learning projects

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West Africa community project

Film series from the recent West Africa Community Project

All projects

Case studies

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… 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.

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… 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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