Language and palaeography courses

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.

Medieval and Renaissance Latin for historians

Course date(s): 
8 Oct 2014 to 10 Dec 2014
14 Jan 2015 to 18 Mar 2015
29 Apr 2015 to 1 Jul 2015
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.

Oral history spring school

Course date(s): 
8 May 2014 to 10 May 2014
‘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 16 and 18 April 2015 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): 
7 Oct 2014 to 12 May 2015
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.