Year 4 had the fantastic opportunity to visit The British Library last week – this is the national library of the United Kingdom and has the world’s most comprehensive research collection. The collection contains over 170 million items including artefacts from every age of written civilisation. The library keeps the nation’s archive of printed and digital publications, adding around three million new items to the collection each year.
The children had a tour of the building, including the storage areas with has low oxygen levels which are required to ensure the books are kept in perfect condition. They met curator Joanna Norledge and understood her role within the library and then took part in a creative workshop with the library. Finally, children’s author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst spent time with the children talking about her work and motivating the children with their own writing.
A fabulous day out was had by all and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.