Forthcoming courses

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.

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.

Methods and sources for historical research

Course date(s): 
14 Nov 2016 to 18 Nov 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.

Databases for historians I

Course date(s): 
15 Nov 2016 to 18 Nov 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.