Family historians can be so focussed on the ancestor they are researching, that they can forget to take note of the context of the world in which those people lived. This course will offer family, local and social historians the opportunity to develop the skills needed to research individual buildings,and place them within the context of their street, district and wider community; this will also give insights into the social and economic status of the residents of those buildings.
Topics covered will include:
· An introduction to the development of dwellings, and the way function, the landscape, and natural resources have been used to create regional differences in housing
· Understanding the area or community the house is in: identifying useful geographical and archival resources
· Conducting a 'desktop survey': using reliable online sources, and other secondary sources, to assess the records available for your own project
· During two field trips, you will refine your observational skills by noting details of buildings, street patterns and other community features, and learn how to use these to plan further research tasks
· Identifying and locating archival resources that can help with your study
· A detailed survey of major record collections of use to the housing historian.
This year, the tutor, Gill Rossini, celebrates her thirtieth year as an adult education tutor, and is still as committed to her subject now as she was in 1988!