Face-to-face courses

Historical Mapping and Geographical Information Systems

Course date(s): 
3 Dec 2015 to 4 Dec 2015
5 May 2016 to 6 May 2016
29 Jun 2016 to 30 Jun 2016
The ‘spatial turn’ is now well established in history and scholars, publishers and readers now frequently expect to see space to be used as a category of analysis, maps used as sources, and research illustrated with custom maps. However, without training in geographical techniques, tools, and even terminology, it can be challenging for historians to begin to work with this material. This two day course is designed to first introduce the history and concepts of mapping, along with the most basic ways of producing your own maps, before then moving on to a second day focusing on QGIS, the widely-used open-source GIS software package.

Internet for historical research

Course date(s): 
1 Dec 2016
1 Mar 2017
5 Jun 2017
This intensive one-day workshop will equip students with the knowledge and skills to use the internet with confidence as a tool for historical research. It introduces the principal online resources available to historical researchers, and shows how to make best use of them in pursuit of primary sources and secondary literature. Suitable for those at any stage of an academic career who wish to build or refresh their skills, the course covers English-language material for British, European and world history from late antiquity to the present.

Law and Ethics for Social Science, Humanities and Legal Research

Course date(s): 
4 Dec 2015
What kind of content could provoke a libel claim? What does the ‘right to be forgotten’ mean for archival material? What rights do citizens have to access academic data under the Freedom of Information Act? How can academics use freedom of information and data protection law for their own research? Is it possible to protect the identity of a source? These and many more questions will be addressed at this one-day intensive training course on the legal and ethical issues that researchers in the social sciences and humanities and law could encounter during the course of their social research.

Medieval and Renaissance Latin for historians

Course date(s): 
5 Oct 2016 to 7 Dec 2016
11 Jan 2017 to 22 Mar 2017
26 Apr 2017 to 28 Jun 2017
This course is a comprehensive introduction to post-classical Latin. Aimed at complete beginners or those with a rusty smattering of school Latin, it will cover the fundamentals of grammar and provide a grounding in general vocabulary and the specialised language frequently encountered in historical source materials. The course may be taken as a complete unit over three terms or as three separate modules - Beginners, Intermediate and Further - each lasting one term.

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.

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