Forthcoming courses

Methods and sources for historical research

Course date(s): 
17 Nov 2014 to 21 Nov 2014
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.

Historical Mapping and Geographical Information Systems

Course date(s): 
25 Nov 2014
Researchers increasingly see the value of including mapping in their work, but the software used for creating maps - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – can do much more than simply create maps as illustrations. GIS is being used in a variety of contexts to make sense of information with a spatial component, be it at the level of buildings and streets or at the level of nations, and to perform sophisticated geospatial and topographical analyses. Historians approaching their work with geographical research questions in mind not only have to come to terms with the cartographical and technical learning curves that come with the use of GIS, but they also have to address the added complication of changing geographical ‘units’ (both administrative boundaries and physical topography) over time. Fortunately, these complexities can be overcome, turning GIS into an extremely powerful research tool.

Internet for historical research

Course date(s): 
2 Dec 2014
This intensive one-day workshop will equip students with the knowledge and skills to use the internet with confidence as a tool for historical research. It introduces the principal online resources available to historical researchers, and shows how to make best use of them in pursuit of primary sources and secondary literature. Suitable for those at any stage of an academic career who wish to build or refresh their skills, the course covers English-language material for British, European and world history from late antiquity to the present.

Public Speaking for Historians

Course date(s): 
9 Jan 2015
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, Charlotte Endcott, is an interactive session, which fuses academic practice with acting techniques and is designed to enhance your confidence and understanding of oral communication.

Medieval and Renaissance Latin for historians

Course date(s): 
14 Jan 2015 to 18 Mar 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.

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