Module Identifier IL11120  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Ms Mary E Ellis  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours 10 x 1 hour lectrures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours 10 x 1 hour seminars  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Analysis of selected archival material. Analysis and assessment of its evidential and/or cultural value - weighted 30%. 
Semester Assessment Essay of 1,500 words - weighted 30%   
Semester Assessment Evaluative report of 1,500 words - weighted 40%   

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

The module focuses in the first instance on the history of the UK?s ?archival inheritance? and its unique range. The nature of archives ? as evidence of past and actions and decisions, as the ?nation?s memory? and as a part of the cultural heritage ? is then considered. Students will be encouraged to locate, analyze, and evaluate a range of archival sources. In this way they will become aware of the issues which are connected with the use of primary sources, and the distinctions between primary ad secondary sources.


This module will provide a introduction to the range and nature of archival sources which are to be encountered in the UK and will also introduce to students the principles of the discipline of Archive Administration. It is an essential area of study for students pursuing the Historical and Archival Studies degree scheme, but it will be a relevant module also for any student with an interest in the documentary heritage of the UK.


This module will include:

Reading Lists

** Recommended Background
Archives at the Millennium (1999) The Twenty-Eighty Report of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts London, HMSO
Clanchy M.T (1992) From Memory to Written Record: England 1066-1307 Blackwell Publishers
Ellis Judith ed (1993) Keeping Archives Port Melbourne: Thorpe in Association with Australian Society of Archivists
Kitching C (1996) Archives, the very essence of our heritage Chichester, Phillimore
Lawes A (1996) Chancery Lane 1377-1977: The Strong Box of the Empire London: PRO
Martin G.H and P Spufford eds (1990) The Records of the Nation The Boydell Press, Woodbridge

Web Page/Sites
** Recommended Text
`Gathering the Jewels Project?
** Recommended Background
Public Record Office


This module is at CQFW Level 4