Library Services


Schools and Outreach

Our Education programme is free for schools and community groups in Camden and the four neighbouring boroughs of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Waltham Forest and Newham).

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Schools – Curriculum Support

We use our unique collection to create meaningful experiences and free resources aimed at enriching pupils’ learning and inspiring teachers. Some examples of our programme, both individual sessions and long-term projects:

  • The Deepest and Darkest of London - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (context for GCSE English Literature)
  • The Battle of the Somme (Key Stage 2 to 5, English and History)
  • Discovering archives (a guide to using archival items in historical enquiry, Key Stage 2 to 5)
  • Persuasive writing through the ages; pamphlets, speeches, letters and more (Key Stage 3 to 5)
  • Culture-quake: The power of the printed word (ideal for English Language A2, AQA B, language change)
  • Protest in Print (hand on session exploring small press and self-publications, Key Stage 3 to 5 Art and English)

All sessions are delivered by a qualified and DBS checked teacher and are planned to suit the class and pupils with the teacher’s input. Most take place at school, but we can also host groups on site at UCL.

Teacher CPD

Speak to us about how we can help to further you and your colleagues’ professional development: whether you would like to arrange a visit to UCL Special Collections, a subject specific workshops or a simple ‘inspiration day’ that uses a range of archival items, rare books and manuscripts, we want to hear from you.


We are passionate about sharing our collections and want to offer activities and projects for our local communities that suit people’s interests and needs. If you would like to arrange a workshop or a project with us please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!

Some examples of our work with community groups:

  • Adult art therapy; colouring in our medieval manuscripts (tackling social isolation and encouraging mindfulness with an adult learner group in Camden)
  • Newham Heritage Week; touring exhibitions, family and adult learner events and oral history collection in Newham’s public libraries

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