|Module Title||HANDWRITING IN BRITAIN FROM EARLY MIDDLE AGES TO MOD TIMES|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Susan Davies|
|Mutually Exclusive||HY33320 Single and Joint Honours History students only, HY33620 , HY33720 , HY33820 , HY34320|
|Course delivery||Seminars / Tutorials||20 Hours 10 x 2 hours per week|
|Assessment||Essay||2 x 1,500 word essays||40%|
|Project work||1 x 5,000 word project||60%|
Primary sources created in the next millennium are likely to be word-processed or in electronic form. Those which survive from the last two millennia are largely hand-written: some are beautiful and artistic, some functional and efficient, others rather careless! Who wrote these manuscripts and why, where can we find them and in what form and, most importantly, can we read and understand them? Specialist skills and concepts are introduced, such as palaeography, codicology and problems of dates, all of which are necessary to getting acquainted with the 'manuscript heritage' and learning to read what was written over past centuries. Practical instruction in reading 16th -19th century manuscripts is included, together with guidance on the nature and location of archives and records. A focus on Record Offices and their function involves a group visit and an individual project (completed at Easter). Other assignments relate to medieval books and transcription exercises.
This module crosses boundaries of chronology and interest, linking medieval and modern times and surveying a wide variety of sources. It is particularly useful as preparation for third-year dissertation work and further research of any kind.
On completion of this module students will have:
-command of a wide range of knowledge of archival sources in manuscript form
-experience of using a Record Office and archival `finding aids?
-competence in the principles of the specialist skills required to read archival material from the 16th to the 19th century
-an ability to sift appropriate items of historical evidence from original manuscripts
-an ability to work both independently and collaboratively and to participate in group discussion
** Recommended Text
M T Clanchy. From Memory to Written Record.
C J Kitching. Archives, the very Essence of our Heritage.
G E Dawson & L Kennedy-Skipton. Elizabethan Handwriting 1500-1650.