Forthcoming courses

Historical Mapping and Geographical Information Systems

Course date(s): 
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.

Methods and sources for historical research

Course date(s): 
11 Jul 2016 to 15 Jul 2016
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.

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.

People of Medieval Scotland Database Workshop

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

Databases for historians II: practical database tools

Course date(s): 
3 Aug 2016 to 5 Aug 2016
The aim of this course is to develop further practical skills in constructing and fully exploiting databases for use in historical research. Assuming a basic understanding of the conceptual issues, the course will introduce techniques to conduct more complex analysis and to present the results in graphical form for greatest comprehension and impact.

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