How to Read Old Documents- Term 4

Ref: C2228610

This course is a continuation of the course of the Spring Term 2021 in which students became more experienced in their reading of a variety of documents written in English during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. . During the course we will revise the skills which were covered in the previous terms as well as recapping on the documents which we explored, thinking about their heavy abbreviation, unconventional spelling and difficult handwriting. This term has, more specifically, the aim of helping students transfer these skills to their own research. It is set up as a workshop in which students can discuss documents they are trying to use in their own research but which may be problematic and difficult to read. We will discuss these as a group- twelve pairs of eyes are always better than one!

Course aim

This course revises the skills needed to read documents written in English during the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries. It also provides a workshop for students to discuss documents they are using for their own genealogical and local research.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is aimed at students who have followed the previous three terms of the course. Newcomers are welcome but they will need extensive experience of reading old documents written in English.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify several distinct classes of document written in English during the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries.
  • Decipher names, dates, numbers and standard phrases in these documents and be able to identify the more unusual phrases.
  • Apply palaeography skills from one class of document to another.
  • Apply palaeography skills to documents useful for personal research.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You may like to have note-making equipment available to you in each session.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

How to Read Old Documents- Term 4

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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