Past Skills & Methodology Workshop: Medieval & Early Modern
Bessant Dr Richmond, Surrey Quays, SE16 2PP, United Kingdom
This workshop is designed to develop the skills and knowledge of students undertaking research on the middle ages and early modern period (c.1086-1782).
Day one will focus on developing expertise in finding records in The National Archives and elsewhere. You will learn how best to use the advanced search functionality in Discovery, our catalogue, and what to do when online searches do not return you the results you expect. We will introduce some tips for archival research which will help you plan your time in the archives, including the use of online resources, such as State Papers Online and the E179 database (which catalogues our taxation records), and of paper indexes and other finding aids which are yet to be made available online.
The second day will be devoted to helping you read and interpret historic documents by developing your skills with palaeography and diplomatic. You will be examining and reading patent rolls, state papers, equity pleadings, tax returns and much more.
At the end of the course you will have increased confidence in your ability to find and access previously challenging medieval and early modern documents and to read their contents.
This event is aimed at current taught postgraduate and PhD students. The workshop is held over two days on site at The National Archives. Tea and coffee at registration and lunch on both days are provided.