Free courses

Databases for historians I

Course date(s): 
24 Nov 2015 to 27 Nov 2015
12 Apr 2016 to 15 Apr 2016
7 Jun 2016 to 10 Jun 2016
This 4-day course is an introduction to the theory and practice of constructing and using databases. Taught via a mixture of formal lectures and 'hands-on' practical classes, the session will introduce a wide range of skills and techniques, showing how to design and build a database appropriate to the needs of your project, and illustrating how this will help to guide and expand your analysis.

Designing databases for historical research (free course)

This free module provides an overview of important concepts both in terms of the historical data that might be used in databases and in terms of the design process. The module takes the form of a handbook, broken down into chapter headings and acts as the preliminary module for the Building and using databases for historical research online course.

InScribe: Palaeography learning materials (free course)

Medievalists have always found it difficult to interact with primary sources from their period of study due to a lack of training in palaeography (and manuscript studies), that is to say, the reading and understanding of ancient documents. This course provides scholars and the general public interested in medieval books and documents with online training on the diverse areas found within palaeography. Topics covered include general palaeography, the history of medieval scripts, diplomatic, codicology and illumination.

People of Medieval Scotland Database Workshop

Course date(s): 
20 Jul 2016
The People of Medieval Scotland 1093–1314 database (PoMS) ( 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.