Learning resources

These resources have been specially designed to support classroom teaching using National Library of Scotland collections.


The history of working people in Scotland

Fife miners' leader John Bird

A selection of items and discussion questions that look at labour history in Scotland.


A guid cause: The women's suffrage movement in Scotland

A suffragette

Activities for students on the topic of the women's suffrage movement in Scotland. Includes documents from our collections and three suggested cross-curricular projects.


Heroes: the splendid insights of Mr Smiles

Samuel Smiles

The 'Heroes' resource  has a series of  lesson plans incorporating history, citizenship and drama inspired by Samuel Smiles, one of the first 'self-help' gurus.


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Suffragettes in Scotland

Photo of two Edwardian women

This resource for secondary schools explores the women's suffrage movement in Scotland. Go to 'A guid cause'

Library favourites

Photo of Jan Usher

Is censorship ever justified on grounds of keeping society safe? Watch this video to find out.

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