Historical skills courses

An introduction to oral history

Course date(s): 
17 Jan 2017 to 28 Mar 2017
This course is a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of oral history. Participants will learn though classroom teaching and practical sessions how to conduct their own interviews. As well as addressing theoretical and methodological issues, An Introduction to Oral History will help students to develop practical skills in interviewing, recording, and the organisation and preservation of oral material.

Day School in London History, Summer 2017

Course date(s): 
20 Jul 2017

The London History Day School is presented in association with the Centre for Metropolitan History (CMH) and will feature tutors from the principal archives and research units concerned with London. We shall cover the incredibly rich and abundant history of London and its surrounding area, exploring both its identity as a capital city but also the special qualities of its many constituent towns, vilages and suburbs. Participants will have ample opportunities to discuss their own work with each other and with the experts; the aim is to provide a showcase for London local history and a forum for the exchange of ideas, views and approaches.

Explanatory paradigms: an introduction to historical theory

Course date(s): 
26 Apr 2017 to 28 Jun 2017
This course aims to provide a critical introduction to some of the most influential frameworks of explanation in historical work today. Taught on Wednesday evenings (5.30-7.00) by Professor John Tosh, Dr John Seed and Professor Sally Alexander, Explanatory Paradigms will explore one explanatory approach each week in depth through a combination of a lecture and seminar discussion based on the students’ own reading.

Historical Mapping and Geographical Information Systems

Course date(s): 
11 Jan 2017 to 12 Jan 2017
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.

How to Broadcast your Research: Media Training for Historians

Course date(s): 
20 Feb 2017
Are you looking to increase your media profile? Do you stumble and fumble when in front of a camera? Are you protective about your research wary of handing over all your hard work to some enquiring TV researcher? This one-day media training course, run by the IHR in association with GradTrain, is especially designed for academics and PGRs who are interested in engaging with the media at all levels.

Oral history spring school

Course date(s): 
4 May 2017 to 6 May 2017
‘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 4 and 6 May 2017 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.

Public Speaking for Historians

Course date(s): 
7 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, Jack Blackburn, 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.

Teaching Oral History in Higher Education

Course date(s): 
3 Dec 2016
Oral history is undergoing a formidable renaissance and has emerged as one of the principal tools of contemporary historians. In association with the Oral History Society, this intensive one-day workshop will help to guide supervisors and potential supervisors of PhD students using oral history to ask the right questions and help them to make the most of what it has to offer.

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.