Module Identifier DSM3730  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Susan J Davies  
Semester Available all semesters  
Course delivery 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


This module is at CQFW Level 7