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Guide to the skills required to successfully work with archives

Archival skills

Research using archives is rewarding but can also be challenging. Each period of history has its own quirks and this can impact on the ability of the researcher to read and interpret archival material.

The following is a guide to hardcopy and electronic resources that can help researchers develop and practice the skills necessary to successfully work with archives. The hardcopy resources referenced in this guide can all be accessed either at the Brynmor Jones Library or at Hull History Centre.

Topics covered by this guide are: palaeography; archaic words and spelling; historical date systems; weights and measures; language; transcription.

Upcoming archives workshops

Find details of our archival skills workshops and how to book on to a session.

Request a 1-2-1 appointment

Want to find archive material for use in your own research or coursework? One of the archivists from Hull University Archives will be happy to chat with you. Email archives@hull.ac.uk to make an appointment.

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