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Skills Team Workshops

Palaeography Practice

About this workshop

Workshop description

This course explores the characteristic features of secretary hand writing, common transcription conventions, and real world examples of documents taken from Hull History Centre's collections.

Learning outcomes

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

  • identify the characteristic features of Early Modern Secretary handwriting
  • read pre-19th century manuscript documents written in English
  • apply common transcription conventions to create your own transcriptions of manuscript material

Who this workshop is for

Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate students who wish to develop their practical experience of reading pre-19th century archival material in English.


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 19th April-Wednesday 21st April

Work through asynchronous content and prepare discussion points for live session

Thursday 22nd April, 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