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Archival Skills and Methodology Workshop: Medieval Records

January 12, 2015
The National Archives

The National Archives
Kew TW9 4DU
United Kingdom

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What are the essential skills needed for excellent humanities research using archival collections?

The National Archives is delighted to offer postgraduate students a programme of workshops, seminars and lectures designed to explore this question.

This event for current postgraduate students introduces the research potential of archives, the essential skills needed to use the archives and their records, and key records series in the field of medieval history. In the final part of the day students will have the opportunity handle documents and receive research advice on their area of interest from records specialists.


Programme of the Day

9:00 Registration and coffee

10:00 Welcome and introductions

10:20 About archives

  • Introduction to The National Archives – its role and collections
  • Other archives, their history and arrangement
  • Archives and history – the research process

10:50 Break

11:00 Archival skills

  • Archival skills explained
  • The National Archives skills training programme
  • The problems of archival research

11:30 Discovery, our catalogue, and other online resources

12:15 Lunch

13:00 Document skills

  • Record types, material and form
  • Pagination, membranes, rotulets, dates and abbreviations
  • Basic Latin and medieval palaeography

13:45 Handling documents - a refresher by Collection Care

14:15 Tour of the reading rooms

14:50 Break

15:00 Iconic documents

  • Showcase of iconic documents
  • Documents and historical knowledge
  • Everyday documents – how to make the most of the records

16:00 Further training opportunities

  • Information on further workshops offered by The National Archives

16:20 Research advice

  • One to one research advice and informal discussion with specialist team members.

17:00 Depart

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January 11, 2015, 9:00am BST

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