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The Bishopsgate Blog provides an added insight into all of our activities, Library, Courses, Events and Schools and Community Learning. Our regular blogs will feature speakers from our Cultural Events, photographs, documents, letters, posters and ephemera from the Library, up-to-date news and information on courses and first-hand accounts of our Schools and Community workshops.

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Our inspired Schools and Community Learning programme delivers a range of workshops and projects using the unique and fascinating collections found within our world-renowned Bishopsgate Library. Our workshops are suitable for learners of all ages and are used by wide variety of audiences from primary school pupils to pensioners.

Our regular blogs will demonstrate how our Schools and Community Learning programme encourages discovery and enquiry amongst our wide-ranging participants.


Culture and arts, heritage and history, ideas and independent thought all come together in our exciting events programmes. You can enjoy talks, walks, discussions and debates, or one of the many concerts that take place throughout the year.

Our regular blogs will give an added insight and perspective into our dynamic programme with content from speakers at our events.


Situated in a Grade II* listed building, Bishopsgate Library’s beautiful reading room is a peaceful place to study that is open to all; a calm oasis amid the bustle of Spitalfields and the City. In our dedicated Researchers’ Area, you can consult our renowned printed and archival collections on London, labour, freethought and Humanism, co-operation, or protesting and campaigning.

Our regular blogs will provide a new way for you to engage with the library collections and services, new acquisitions, activities and future developments.


Our comprehensive range of short courses offer you the opportunity to discover, discuss and be inspired in a welcoming environment. Our courses are conveniently designed to take place throughout the day, including lunchtimes, after work and at weekends. We have five course strands, Arts and Culture, Words and Ideas, Languages, Performing Arts and Body & Exercise to choose from.

Our regular blogs will provide up-to-date news and information.

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St Paul's Cathedral, Bishopsgate Library, LAMAS collectionA look at recent global events might make one think that a little background information about different world religions would help us all understand what's going on in the world better.

Our tutor for An Introduction to World Religions, Clive Lawton, highlights some areas where more knowledge could create better understanding:

A new Pope, a new Archbishop, a new Chief Rabbi. Uncertainty about whether supporting the rebels in Syria will play into the hands of ‘jihadists’. BBC TV’s Panorama presenting a ‘shock horror’ undercover report on Sharia courts in Britain with at least one member of the House of Lords trying to limit the ‘power’ of such Sharia courts. Militant Buddhists (is such a thing really possible?) seem to be pushing issues in Burma and other parts of south East Asia. Militant Hindus regularly try to seize the political initiative in India. The United States, perhaps the most secularly founded and constituted country of the 18th and 19th centuries, seems to have a far higher proportion of church goers and God believers than traditionally Christian countries like Ireland, Italy or Spain, which seem to be secularising at an astonishing rate. But not soon enough to save a Hindu woman from dying in Ireland through lack of abortion opportunities. The reason given to her by one midwife because ‘it’s a Catholic thing’. Conflicts in various parts of Africa are commonly talked of as direct confrontations between Christian and Muslim groups. The first woman Prime Minister of India, Indira Ghandi, was assassinated by her own bodyguards because they were Sikhs and they perceived her actions to be deeply aggressive towards Sikhs. Putin courts the Orthodox Church in Russia and the president of Bulgaria asks his country to spend three days in prayer for the future of their recently communist state. Conflict between Israel and her neighbours is increasingly articulated as a war between Muslims and Jews, even though some of the fiercest and earliest of Palestinian fighters were staunch local Christians. The Coptic Pope lambasts the Muslim Brotherhood President of Egypt, accusing him of allowing deep aggression against Christians in that country.

An Introduction to World Religions starts on Thursday 23 May and will take you to the heart of many religious traditions.

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