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An Introduction to Oral History

Course date(s): 
29 Jan 2019 to 9 Apr 2019

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of oral history. Participants will learn though classroom teaching and practical sessions how to conduct their own interviews. As well as addressing theoretical and methodological issues, An Introduction to Oral History will help students to develop practical skills in interviewing, recording, and the organisation and preservation of oral material.

Building and using databases for historical research

The aim of this training course is to equip you with the skills required to build and use a relational database suited to historical research. Creating databases can be a relatively simple process, especially with today’s desktop software, which is geared to offering help at every stage; with a little bit of extra effort additional functionality can be built into the ‘database application’ which will enable it to form the most valuable and powerful of customised research tools. Entering data into the database can be a time-consuming endeavour, but if it is done correctly into a well-designed database then the potential improvements offered in terms of information management and analysis more than repays the effort. This course continues from the free online course Designing databases for historical research.

Creating and Maintaining an Online Academic Profile

Course date(s): 
6 Feb 2018
14 Jun 2018

This workshop provides a step-by-step instruction to creating your own wordpress website to use as an online research and academic profile. We will look at why this is useful for historians, how best to manage such a website (particularly how much time to spend on it), and guidance to linking the website to social media channels.

Data preservation (free course)

Consideration of data preservation should be at the core of what researchers do, not just to make sure that you don’t lose your research data, or can’t find what you are after, once you have been away from it for a while, but if you wish also to make it available to other researchers in the future. This course guides you through the minefield that is data preservation and gives you handy tips as to how you can include it in your day to day work without it seeming like a chore.

Databases for historians

Course date(s): 
30 Oct 2018 to 2 Nov 2018
2 Apr 2019 to 5 Apr 2019
23 Jul 2019 to 26 Jul 2019

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.

Day for new research students

Course date(s): 
24 Sep 2018

The Institute of Historical Research is delighted to welcome those commencing research degrees in history and related disciplines in London, the South East and throughout the UK. Over the course of an afternoon, we shall introduce the IHR and its remit to assist and promote historical research of all sorts. Join us for lunch and then learn about our library, seminars, conferences, publications, website and training in specialised research skills and how they can help you. Hear also about the History Lab, the postgraduate support network run by and for those undertaking research degrees in history. Free to all new research students in history and in historical subjects from other disciplines.

Day School in Local History, Winter 2017

Course date(s): 
23 Feb 2017

Abstract

The Institute of Historical Research is delighted to announce the return of its training programme for local historians, now in its sixth year. In 2017 we have a brand new format; we shall be holding two day schools: a winter school in February, which will cover local history in general, and a summer school in July, devoted specifically to London history.

Day School in London History (CANCELLED)

Course date(s): 
22 Jun 2018

The London History Day School is presented in association with the Centre for Metropolitan History (CMH) and will feature tutors from the principal archives and research units concerned with London. We shall cover the incredibly rich and abundant history of London and its surrounding area, exploring both its identity as a capital city but also the special qualities of its many constituent towns, vilages and suburbs. Participants will have ample opportunities to discuss their own work with each other and with the experts; the aim is to provide a showcase for London local history and a forum for the exchange of ideas, views and approaches.

Designing databases for historical research (free course)

This free module provides an overview of important concepts both in terms of the historical data that might be used in databases and in terms of the design process. The module takes the form of a handbook, broken down into chapter headings and acts as the preliminary module for the Building and using databases for historical research online course.

Explanatory paradigms: an introduction to historical theory

Course date(s): 
25 Apr 2018 to 27 Jun 2018

This course aims to provide a critical introduction to some of the most influential frameworks of explanation in historical work today. Taught on Wednesday evenings (5.30-7.00) by Professor John Tosh, Dr John Seed and Professor Sally Alexander, Explanatory Paradigms will explore one explanatory approach each week in depth through a combination of a lecture and seminar discussion based on the students’ own reading.

Historical citation

Course date(s): 
6 Nov 2018

This half-day workshop explains the theory and practice of correct referencing by historians. It explores the different citation systems historians use and explains when, where and how to cite sources and authorities both manually and using citation management software.

Historical Mapping and Geographical Information Systems

Course date(s): 
10 Jan 2019 to 11 Jan 2019
8 Aug 2019 to 9 Aug 2019

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.

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.

Internet for historical research

Course date(s): 
11 Dec 2018
1 Mar 2019
4 Jun 2019

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.

Medieval and Renaissance Latin

Course date(s): 
8 Oct 2018 to 25 Mar 2019

The Warburg Institute and the Institute of Historical Research are offering two courses (Beginners and Intermediate/Advanced) in late Medieval and Renaissance Latin in 2018-19. The courses are devised to train students to read and understand late Medieval and Renaissance documents. They will focus on grammar and vocabulary, and on the forms taken by commonly used documents as well as their texts.

Methods and sources for historical research

Course date(s): 
22 Oct 2018 to 26 Oct 2018
14 Jan 2019 to 18 Jan 2019
8 Apr 2019 to 12 Apr 2019
15 Jul 2019 to 19 Jul 2019

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.

Oral history spring school

Course date(s): 
11 Apr 2019 to 13 Apr 2019

‘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 11 and 13 April 2019 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): 
2 Oct 2018 to 14 May 2019

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.

Visual sources for historians

Course date(s): 
26 Feb 2019 to 26 Mar 2019

An introduction to the use of art, photography, film and other visual sources by historians (post-1500). Through lectures, discussion and visits the course will explore films, paintings, photographs, architecture and design as historical sources, as well as provide an introduction to particular items both in situ and held in archives and libraries.