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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Summer Schools

Northern Bridge Palaeography Summer School

Following last year's success, the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership, in conjunction with IMEMS, are pleased to be running for a second year a Latin Palaeography Summer School from the 9th-20th July 2018, aimed at Postdoctoral Research Students.

The Summer School will be taught at the heart of Durham's UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a two-week intensive course, taught by Jason Brown, University of Toronto. Daily classes 10 am - 1 pm will be followed by group work on manuscripts from Durham Cathedral Library and Durham University Special Collections.

The Summer School is free for applicants from Durham University, Newcastle University and Queen’s University Belfast.

Course fees apply for external candidates. Some experience of Latin and/or Palaeography is necessary; priority will be given to current research students.

Please contact the School Director, Dr Erik Niblaeus, ( for further information, or if you have any academic queries.

To book a place on the Summer School, please click here.

“I found the course immensely helpful. I have improved my palaeography ability, and have become more comfortable with the idea of working directly with manuscripts in the future.”

Student from the 2016 Latin Palaeography Summer School

The Northern Borders of Empire to the Making of the Middle Ages

During this multi-disciplinary Summer School course designed by IMEMS and the Department of Archaeology students will spend the initial two weeks:

  • Participating in a major archaeological project focused on the northern edges of the Roman Empire in Britain playing a full part in the excavations and gaining first-hand knowledge and experience of UK archaeological professional practice
  • Receiving on-site seminars and workshops with expert visitors exploring matters of cutting edge concern in archaeology and cultural history
  • Gaining a full understanding of the archaeology of the military frontier of Roman Britain including Hadrian’s Wall and a wider appreciation of the archaeology and history of Northern England.

The second two weeks of the Summer School course focus on Medieval theory modules with experts from the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies focussing on the following topics:

Saints, Scholars and Vikings

Land of the Prince-Bishops