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Herbal Magic: Resources for Schools

Resources old and new relating to herbs and medicinal plants

Newcastle University Library - Education Outreach

Newcastle University Library's Schools Outreach team offer a range of services for schools, from workshops to downloadable resources.

We welcome visits from school parties and try to tailor each visit to the individual needs of the group.

We offer a variety of workshops for Key Stages 2-5, lasting from one hour to a full day. These workshops are interactive and many of them make use of the Special Collections unique to the library. Our workshops include source handling and evaluation.

We also offer information literacy workshops for 6th form students in which they learn about plagiarism, referencing, searching for resources, as well as providing a useful introduction to university life.

Our Archives Alive website provides a variety of resources for use in the classroom including historical investigations, games and an image bank, designed specifically for use by teachers in the classroom.

Newcastle University's Teachers' Toolkit

Explore all of Newcastle University's resources for schools via our Teachers' Toolkit.

Search or browse by subject, audience or resource type.Teachers' Toolkit 


Download our Herb Fact Sheets for use in the classroom.

Educational links

Fly Agaric, Gordon Beakes

Image: copyright Gordon Beakes, Newcastle University. Image courtesy of the Centre for Bioscience, the Higher Education Academy, ImageBank.

Herbal Magic Quiz


Think you know your witches' herb from your stinking jenny? Take our herbal magic quiz and test yourself!

Herbal Magic workshops

As part of the British Science Festival School’s programme in September 2013 Newcastle University Library, along with Dr Ed Okello from the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development and staff and student volunteers will be offering school pupils the chance to participate in our Herbal Magic workshops. In these workshops, pupils will be introduced to the rare herbals held in the university library’s Special Collections and to the history of herbal and alternative medicine. They will then get their chance to create their own herbal bath bomb containing everyday herbs before finding out more about the historical and modern day use of the herbs they have been using and demonstrating what they have learned by producing their own page of an herbal.