Forthcoming courses

Databases for historians I

Course date(s): 
7 Jun 2016 to 10 Jun 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.

Summer School in Local History 2016: Maps, Plans and Landscapes

Course date(s): 
4 Jul 2016 to 6 Jul 2016
The Institute of Historical Research is delighted to announce its fifth three-day non-residential summer school in local history. This year's theme is 'Maps, plans and landscapes'. The school will introduce you to the most up-to-date methods, sources and successful approaches to the subject through an exciting programme of lectures and workshops.. An 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.

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.

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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