Module Identifier DSM3730  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Susan J Davies  
Semester Available all semesters  
Course delivery Other    
  Workload Breakdown    
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment A contextual study and documantary analysis of a chosen record sourse ( 3,000 words) weighted 30% 
Semester Assessment A critical bibliography study relating to a given area ( equivalent to 3,500 words) weighted 40% 
Semester Assessment An investigation of the primary sources associated with a specific topic (3,000 words) weighted 30% 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this modules, student should be able to:

Brief description

The module focuses on the range of archives and manuscripts generated by the principal administrative bodies over the centuries, on the uses made of such records in the process of developing national and local histroy and the role of collectors and custodiians in the survival of such material.


The module begins with a survey of the principal administrative structures of government at many levels in Britain and of the Church, identifying principal categories and series of records in terms of context, interpretation and use.

Attention is then turned to the uses of archives and manuscripts over time, considering historical concepts, antiquarianism, publication of texts, manuscript studies and the development of country and local history, in order to develop skill in the use of a wide variety of primary sources and historical writings from early centuries, and in making connections between archives and printed sources and using specialised reference material.

The third section is devoted to consideration of specialised topics with which particular categories of records are associated and which comprise areas of fundamental knowledge for professional archivists

Reading Lists

** Consult For Futher Information
Baker, JH, (1990) An Introduction to English History 3rd. London
Bevan, Amanda ed., (1999) Tracing your Ancestors in the Public Record Office, Kew, 5th ed. PRO
Davies, Robert, (1999) The Tithe Maps of Wales, Aberystwyth, NLW
Ellis, Mary, Using Manorial Records, (1997) Using Manorial Records PRO
Emmison, FG & Gray, I, (1973) County Records London, Historical Association
Hey, David ed., (1998) The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History OUP
Higgs, E, (1989) Making Sense of the Census London, HMSO
Hindle, Paul, (1998) Maps for Historians Phillimore

Olney, RJ, Manuscript Sources for British History: their nature, location and use, London, Institute of Historical Research Guidelines No.3 1995 (1995) Manuscript Sources for British History: their nature, location and use London, Institute of Historical Research Guidelines No.3

Owen, D (1970) Records of the Established Church in England (excluding parochial records), London, BRA 1970 London, BRA
Parry, GP (1995) A Guide to the Records of Great Sessions in Wales, Aberystwyth, NLW
Prochaska, Alice, (1986) Irish History from 1700: a guide to sources in the PRO London, BRA
Riden, Philip, (1993) Record Sources for Local History, London, Batsford
Rowlands, John et al. ed., (1993) Welsh Family History: a guide to research Birmingham Association of Family History Societies of Wales
Sharpe, J, (1999) Crime in Early Modern England 1550-1750 2nd. London, Longman
Simpson, AWB, An Introduction to the History of the Land Law, Oxford 1961 and late
Sinclair, Cecil, (1994) Tracing Scottish Local History, Edinburgh, HMSO
Stephens, WB (1994&ealie) Sources for English Local History, Chichester, Phillimore
Tate, WE (2000) The Parish Chest: a study of the records of parochial administration in England, Chichester 3rd Reprint. Phillimore
Watt, Helen, (2000) Welsh Manors and their Records Aberystwyth, NLW
West, John, (1982) Village Records, Chichester, 2nd. Phillimore 1982 (Reprint of 1962)
West, John, (1983) Town Records, Chichester, Phillimore
Finnegan, R, Drake, M & Eustace, J, (1997) Sources and Methods for Family and Community Historians: a handbook 2nd.


This module is at CQFW Level 7