The modern historical profession is a complex enterprise that uses a fantastic variety of different techniques in pursuit of knowledge. The days when historians all used roughly the same methods are long gone, if they ever existed at all: nowadays virtually every historian needs to acquire a distinctive set of specialised skills tailored to the sources and approaches that they use.
There are many providers of training and many ways to learn these techniques, be it online or face-to-face. Most institutions organise their own training programmes in fundamental skills for postgraduates and other researchers, and below you can find four different pathways for research training beyond the IHR.
University of London / School of Advanced Study
- Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network: for students from some of the London colleges and Institutes.
- School of Advanced Study Research Training: the programme is open to all research students within the School of Advanced Study.
London and the southeast
- BL/Oral History Society
- BL Postgraduate Open Days
- Postgraduate Archival Skills Training (PAST) at the National Archives
- London Palaeography Summer School
Elsewhere in the UK
- History Lab: open to all postgraduates in UK HEIs
- History Lab Plus: for early-career researchers
- Keele Palaeography Summer School
- Historical GIS sessions at Lancaster
The IHR is developing what will become a large and wide-ranging set of free and paid-for online training courses: History Spot.
- History Subject Centre: defunct as of October 2011, but still has useful material on its website
- TNA Latin and Palaeography tutorial online