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Palaeography Summer School

25th June 2018, 15:30 to 17th September 2018, 16:30, Palace Green Library (Learning Centre)

Palaeography: Learning to read 17th century handwriting

Michael Stansfield, Deputy Head of Archives and Special Collections, Culture Durham

Francis Gotto, Assistant Keeper, Culture Durham

Andrew Gray, Assistant Keeper, Culture Durham

A series of 7 classes will lead you through the basics of reading 17th century wills, probate inventories, and a charter. The series will conclude with a team transcription exercise. Due to reforms of the probate process, few wills survive at Durham for the period of the British Civil War, but those that do can provide intriguing glimpses of the social effects of the conflict. You can prepare in advance if you wish by browsing The National Archive’s palaeography tutorial online.

Full list of dates:

25th June

9th July

23rd July

6th August

20th August

3rd September

17th September

Participants will need to attend as many of the early dates as possible in order to effectively prepare for the later transcription classes; it takes quite a lot of practice!

Tickets are £45 for the entire series of classes. Booking is required via Eventbrite:

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