Our education sessions aim to inspire secondary school and college students to engage with our outstanding collections of manuscripts, maps, rare books and archives.

The Education Officer is based in the Department of Special Collections at the Weston Library. We currently prioritize working with state secondary schools and colleges in Oxfordshire, and workshops are available for groups from KS3 to KS5.

We also welcome groups visiting as part of Oxford University's Widening Access and Participation initiatives for taster lectures, tours and workshops.

To accommodate larger school groups, we can often offer a carousel of activities. As part of the University of Oxford Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) we work closely with the other Oxford collections to arrange complementary sessions for joint visits.


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The Bodleian Libraries Education Programme is generously supported by the Helen Hamlyn Trust. 

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The Bodleian Libraries are proud to be working in partnership with schools and settings on their Artsmark Award journey. By supporting Artsmark settings, we’re helping put the arts at the heart of education, inspiring young people to create, experience and participate in high quality arts and culture. 

Find out more about Artsmark at To find out how the Bodleian Libraries can support your Artsmark journey, contact the Education Officer, Rosie Sharkey, at

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