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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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Bishopsgate Library awarded SPRUCE/JISC funding for new digital preservation project

by Thom on 29 / 10 / 2012

Bishopsgate Library holds substantial collections of digital material, which have mostly accrued through an ongoing project to digitise parts of the library’s archival collections, and through deposits of digital records from organisations such as the British Humanist Association and History Workshop.

We are delighted to have been awarded funding from SPRUCE and JISC for a new project which will enable the library to take the first steps towards preserving these collections.

Building on work carried out at the SPRUCE Mashup event held in London in September, the project has three objectives: firstly, to complete a comprehensive audit of the library’s digital collections; secondly, to compile a digital preservation business case; and thirdly, to produce and disseminate a short handbook documenting the project for the benefit of other digital preservation practitioners.

SPRUCE is a JISC-funded project which provides support for digital preservation activities through community engagement, both online and at a series of events around the UK.

For examples of some of the digital collections held by Bishopsgate Library, see our archives online pages.


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