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Skills Team Workshops

Bias, Subjectivity & Perspective in Archives

About this workshop

Workshop description

This course explores the issues of bias, perspective and subjectivity surrounding the use of archival material as a research resource.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • identify the inherent bias of key document types, including press cuttings, letters and diaries, pamphlets and printed material, published accounts and statements, photographs
  • analyse any specific subjectivity that an individual author might bring to the creation of a document
  • evaluate the utility of individual documents to provide a perspective on a given subject, in light of the document's inherent bias and subjectivity

Who this workshop is for

Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate students who are required or intending to use archival resources during their studies, and wish to gain a better understanding of critical and ethical source analysis to develop these key knowledge management skills.


This workshop is run by an Archivist from the Hull University Archives Team.

Workshop format & availability

This workshop consists of asynchronous content delivered in Canvas and this is supported by a live discussion session in Teams.

The Canvas content should be worked through in your own time and will take approximately 2 hours to complete. The live Teams session will last no longer than 1 hour.

The workshop runs once in trimester 1 and once in trimester 2.

Register for this workshop

To book your place on this workshop, click on one of the dates below to access the booking form.



Monday 8th March-Wednesday 10th March

Work through asynchronous content and prepare discussion points for live session

Thursday 11th March, 11.00-12.00

Live discussion session on Teams

How to book onto this workshop

Book onto the live discussion for this workshop to gain access to asynchronous content in Canvas. You will receive further instructions via email closer to the course start date.

Relevant SkillsGuides

More information on this topic can be found on the following SkillsGuides:

Archive Collections at HHC

Using Hull History Centre

Finding Archives

Diversity in Archives

Archival Skills