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Reading Old Handwriting: A Beginners Guide for Family and Local Historians Tuesdays 13.30 2017/18

All historians working with archival resources, whether online or not, will eventually come across documents that are a challenge to read. The vast majority of these have yet to be transcribed, and so it is left to the individual to decipher them as best they can.

Luckily for us, most old documets from the later fifteenth century onwards are written in one of only a few styles of handwriting, and learning how to decipher that writing is a skill well worth having. This course will give you a thorough grounding in the techniques of transcribing old documents, so that by the end of the course, you will be able to read them with confidence. 

- You will learn the protocols of transcribing old handwriting and practice with short, simple extracts until ready to embark on something a little longer.

- As a group, we will work through a small portfolio of historic documents from both national, local and family history sources. Not only will we transcribe them, we will learn how to research the background of the documents to put them in the context of their times. 

- We will look at an overview of the history of handwriting in England and Wales, and the equipment used over the centuries. You will even learn how to make your own quill pen!

- No experience is assumed. You will need to bring with you a calligraphy pen and ink (the cartridge type is easiest to use), a 12" ruler and a magnifying glass. 

Venue Wilmslow GuildWilmslow Guild
Day Tuesday
Time 13:30 - 15:30
Tutor Gill Rossini

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