Archival Skills and Methodology Workshop: Medieval Records
The National Archives
Kew TW9 4DU
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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
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
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
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.
This is a student event (e.g. a graduate conference).
January 11, 2015, 9:00am BST
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