This practical local history weekend will provide guidance in reading and transcribing documents of the 16th and 17th centuries written in the Secretary Hand characteristic of that period. Students will work in pairs using facsimiles. You are invited to bring documents which you have had difficulty in reading or understanding and to get individual advice on them or on any aspect of your researches. The course is geared to newcomers to Secretary Hand but if you have had some experience you will still find it useful for honing your skills.
We will use key documents for local and family historians such as probate records and discuss their structure and uses. The origin, development and decline in use of Secretary Hand will be set in their historical context.
Places will be strictly limited to 16 students and early application is advised.