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We can deliver the following workshops without any extra preparatory work. The Key Stage information and duration are both rough guides, and we can adapt the content to suit your needs. Please contact us if you would like to book or discuss one of the workshops below, or enquire about arranging a workshop on another theme. All National Library Education Service workshops are delivered free of charge.

The Second World War in Wales

A workshop that explores the lives of people in Wales during the Second World War, with a particular focus on the lives of children. Film, original items from the period and the Geoff Charles photograph collection are all used to deliver an interactive and hands on workshop. Duration: 2 hours.
Key Stages 2, 3, and 4.

The drowning of Tryweryn

Pupils will learn about the drowning of Capel Celyn and Cwm Tryweryn using film, photographs, newspaper articles and other primary sources. The workshop will investigate how the valley was flooded, the opposition from local people and others, and the long term impact of Tryweryn on the history of Wales. Duration: 2 hours.
Key Stages 2, 3, 4, Advanced Level and the Welsh Baccalaureate.

The Tudors

This workshop provides an introduction to the history of the Tudors, their connection with Wales, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, The Acts of Union, religious persecution, and the 1588 Bible in Welsh. It includes an opportunity to work with original items from the 16th century. Duration: 2 hours.
Key Stages 2 and 3.


Pupils who attend this workshop will work with various types of portraits, study how portraits are made, and ask what we can learn about the people in the portrait and the period it was produced. This workshop provides an opportunity to work with original portraits from The National Library of Wales collection. Duration: 2 hours.
Key Stages 2, 3, and 4.

The Monasteries

Pupils will learn about the expansion of the monasteries, their importance during the Middle Ages, the patronage of the Welsh Princes, and their dissolution under Henry VIII. It will focus in particular on the history of Strata Florida, and will introduce pupils to original items from the 15th and 16th centuries. Duration: 2 hours.
Key Stages 2, 3, 4, Advanced Level.