Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Study of Records: Creators and Users
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Report 1 3,000 words  50%
Semester Assessment Report 2 3,000 words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resit Report 1 3,000 words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resit Report 2 3,000 words  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Critically analyse the content of a range of archives

Critically discuss and evaluate the functions of organisations within the context of record keeping

Evaluate the contexts, including political, social, and legal frameworks, in which records were created and the impact of such events on record keeping

Identify and appraise the research uses of documentary material

Extrapolate and synthesise information from archival material for use within an outreach or access initiative

Demonstrate the on-going value of historical records to a range of stakeholders

Brief description

This module is concerned with the many and various classes of records that may be found in county and other non-specialist record offices, such as the principal classes of local, public, official and deposited records, which range widely in date and content from medieval to modern times. Particular attention is given to the relationship between the creators and the records they create, with the purpose of fostering the contextual understanding that is essential both to the appropriate management of archives and records and to their use for research and information purposes.


This module explores common classes of records to be found in the record office, and explores the institutions and legislation which resulted in their creation and their use in the searchroom for the purposes of research and outreach. Typical records studied include:
Records of people: census, parish registers, wills and probate, letters and diaries, poor law, civil administration
Records of place: Maps and mapping, estate records, plans
Records of administration: the parish chest, quarter sessions, civil administration
Records of law and order: quarter session, assizes, great sessions, gaol records

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Only tangentially
Communication Written skills through assignments Oral communication through seminar presentations ( oral communication not assessed)
Improving own Learning and Performance Reflection upon learning and information skills will be encouraged, and assignment feedback will allow further reflection.
Information Technology IT will be used by students for the development of assignments, and in the identification of appropriate primary and secondary sources. Using archive catalogues to identify relevant source material.
Personal Development and Career planning Consideration of the skills developed in the module will be explored in relation to career options.
Problem solving Through critical interpretation of essay questions
Research skills Through identification and critical analysis of appropriate primary and secondary source material
Subject Specific Skills This module assess the development of appropriate outreach activities and the ability to promote and publicise the value of archives to stakeholders
Team work This will be developed through seminar exercises


This module is at CQFW Level 7