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Methods and sources for historical research

Course date(s): 
11 Jul 2016 to 15 Jul 2016
14 Nov 2016 to 18 Nov 2016
16 Jan 2017 to 20 Jan 2017
10 Apr 2017 to 14 Apr 2017
10 Jul 2017 to 14 Jul 2017
This course aims to equip historical researchers with the skills they will need to find and gain access to all the primary source materials they need for their projects. Over the course of a week (Mon-Fri), participants will learn, through an intensive programme of lectures and visits to repositories in and around London, how to combine online tools and traditional archival search techniques to locate and obtain evidence. Institutions visited will include the British Library, the National Archives and a number of other major national repositories in addition to a wide range of smaller and more specialised archives. The course is primarily aimed at those engaged in research degrees in history or kindred disciplines, but is open to all researchers wishing to expand their skills and knowledge in original source materials.

Oral history spring school

Course date(s): 
21 Apr 2016 to 23 Apr 2016
‘There is a general lack of training related to using oral history in an academic context. This course was a very welcome development’ – participant in an Institute of Historical Research and Oral History Society Spring School to be staged again between 21 and 23 April 2016 at Senate House, London WC1E 7HU. The Oral History Spring School covers the theory and practice of oral history with the help of leading UK oral historians. Participants should have prior experience of oral history work to be ready to discuss remembering, the emotions, analysing data, the re-use of oral history interviews and contexts for oral history outputs.

Palaeography and diplomatic

Course date(s): 
6 Oct 2015 to 10 May 2016
The course is designed to help students to work with medieval and early modern manuscripts. It will be tailored as far as possible to individual needs within the group. Besides practical training (transcription, editing, the physical aspects of manuscripts and documents including illumination), the course introduces the history of script and its intellectual context from Roman times to c. 1600. Full use will be made of the incomparable manuscript and facsimile resources of the Palaeography Collection, Senate House Library. At least one visit will be to the British Library. In the second term English documents and manuscripts will be studied.

People of Medieval Scotland Database Workshop

Course date(s): 
20 Jul 2016
The People of Medieval Scotland 1093–1314 database (PoMS) (www.poms.ac.uk) is not only a resource for Scottish historians. It includes information from over 5300 charters (broadly defined), which means that anyone seeking to explore the potential of this kind of source material for their research can do so quickly through PoMS, and then apply these insights to a different but comparable corpus of charters. This is possible because PoMS provides information in a structured way about individuals and their interactions exactly as this is reflected in the documents, paying close attention to their form and essential features. Not only can research that could take months be accomplished in minutes, but sophisticated queries can be tested. PoMS also includes innovative ways of visualising results through maps and sociograms.

Public Speaking for Historians

Course date(s): 
26 Oct 2015
Public speaking whether through lecturing, conference papers, outreach activities or job presentations is the main medium by which we historians communicate our research. Clear, effective and professional communication skills are therefore absolutely essential to any aspiring academic. This one-day workshop, taught by Dr Eliza Filby (KCL) and a trained professional actor, Charlotte Endcott, is an interactive session, which fuses academic practice with acting techniques and is designed to enhance your confidence and understanding of oral communication.

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