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Public Speaking for Historians

Course date(s): 
1 Nov 2016
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.

Summer School in Local History 2016: Maps, Plans and Landscapes

Course date(s): 
13 Jul 2016
The Institute of Historical Research is delighted to announce its fifth non-residential summer school in local history. Due to particular circumstances which have arisen this year, the school will be shorter than normal - one day rather than three - but is priced extremely competitively as a result. The theme is 'Maps, plans and landscapes'. The school will introduce you to the most up-to-date methods, sources and successful approaches to local history through an exciting programme of lectures and workshops. Our illustrious team of experts will explore the historical, archaeological, art historical and architectural evidence for British localities. The school is open to all those keen to expand or update their skills in local history research.

Text: how to get it, create it or change it automatically

Course date(s): 
10 Nov 2016
This three-hour course will be an introduction to automating the tedious and time-consuming text processing tasks cannot be done manually or would take many hours. We will discuss text formats and structure and then go on to introduce tools for working with many files or very large files, including a basic introduction to regular expressions. The course will show you how you can search for and alter patterns of text, how to extract particular types of information that you are interested in, how to add structure or convert from one format to another, and generally how to make your life easier. We will show you the power of a good text editor and the command line.

Visual sources for historians

Course date(s): 
21 Feb 2017 to 20 Mar 2017
An introduction to the use of art, photography, film and other visual sources by historians (post-1500). Through lectures, discussion and visits the course will explore films, paintings, photographs, architecture and design as historical sources, as well as provide an introduction to particular items both in situ and held in archives and libraries.

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