Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 10 Hours.
Lecture 10 Hours. 10 lectures x 1 hour
Other This module is delivered by open learing supported by a series of lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 3,000 word Essay  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • understand the principle administrative developments from medieval times to the 17th century;
  • grasp the range and nature of records produced;
  • study examples of such records, know which have generally survived, and where they can be found;
  • critically appraise the evidential use of such documentary sources as part of historical scholarship and for other purposes

Brief description

Within a survey approach, and concentraning on post-Conquest developments, this module considers the administrative structures of government and other organisations that generated substantial ranges and series of records from medieval times to the seventeenth century, and demonstrates the continuing history of offices and institutions which originate in the middle ages and evolve through modern times. It therefore provides a framework of knowledge for the Sudy of Records, and Palaeography and Diplomatic modules.


This module is at CQFW Level 7