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Events: January 2019

Introduction to Palaeography: Week 1 - 19th century handwriting

Thursday 10 January 2019, from 10.00am to 12 noon
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£12.00

Our four week palaeography course is led by one of our archivists and is perfect for family and local historians looking to get the most out of studying documents that were created before the 20th century.

The course covers the basics of how to understand handwriting styles from the 16th to the 19th century. Each week the course provides a background to the types of handwriting that were prevalent in each of these four centuries while the course will also provide a variety of examples of original documents from each century (mostly drawn from our collections). The majority of each session will focus on interactive activities to help participants understand how to read and understand these documents with personal and friendly guidance from our archivist.

Week 1 looks at 19th century handwriting where the round hand style of writing was quite common. We will be using parish registers, poor law records and Winterton Hospital records to explore the round hand style.


Introduction to Palaeography: A four week course

Thursday mornings, from 10.00am to 12 noon on 10, 17, 24 and 31 January 2019
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£40.00

Save £8 when you book all four sessions of our January palaeography course at the same time. Individual sessions cost £12, only £40 for the complete course.

Our four week palaeography course is led by one of our archivists and is perfect for family and local historians looking to get the most out of studying documents that were created before the 20th century.

The course covers the basics of how to understand handwriting styles from the 16th to the 19th century. Each week the course provides a background to the types of handwriting that were prevalent in each of these four centuries while the course will also provide a variety of examples of original documents from each century (mostly drawn from our collections). The majority of each session will focus on interactive activities to help participants understand how to read and understand these documents with personal and friendly guidance from our archivist.

Details of each session are listed separately on this page.


Introduction to Palaeography: A four week course

Thursday evenings, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm on 10, 17, 24 and 31 January 2019
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£40.00

Save £8 when you book all four sessions of our January palaeography course at the same time. Individual sessions cost £12, only £40 for the complete course.

Our four week palaeography course is led by one of our archivists and is perfect for family and local historians looking to get the most out of studying documents that were created before the 20th century.

The course covers the basics of how to understand handwriting styles from the 16th to the 19th century. Each week the course provides a background to the types of handwriting that were prevalent in each of these four centuries while the course will also provide a variety of examples of original documents from each century (mostly drawn from our collections). The majority of each session will focus on interactive activities to help participants understand how to read and understand these documents with personal and friendly guidance from our archivist.

Details of each session are listed separately on this page.


Introduction to Palaeography: Week 1 - 19th century handwriting

Thursday 10 January 2019, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£12.00

Our four week palaeography course is led by one of our archivists and is perfect for family and local historians looking to get the most out of studying documents that were created before the 20th century.

The course covers the basics of how to understand handwriting styles from the 16th to the 19th century. Each week the course provides a background to the types of handwriting that were prevalent in each of these four centuries while the course will also provide a variety of examples of original documents from each century (mostly drawn from our collections). The majority of each session will focus on interactive activities to help participants understand how to read and understand these documents with personal and friendly guidance from our archivist.

Week 1 looks at 19th century handwriting where the round hand style of writing was quite common. We will be using parish registers, poor law records and Winterton Hospital records to explore the round hand style.


Introduction to Palaeography: Week 2 - 18th century handwriting

Thursday 17 January 2019, from 10.00am to 12 noon
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£12.00

Our four week palaeography course is led by one of our archivists and is perfect for family and local historians looking to get the most out of studying documents that were created before the 20th century.

The course covers the basics of how to understand handwriting styles from the 16th to the 19th century. Each week the course provides a background to the types of handwriting that were prevalent in each of these four centuries while the course will also provide a variety of examples of original documents from each century (mostly drawn from our collections). The majority of each session will focus on interactive activities to help participants understand how to read and understand these documents with personal and friendly guidance from our archivist.

Week 2 looks at 18th century handwriting where it is possible to see an overlap of the more modern round hand writing with the older secretary hand style of writing more common in the 17th century. We will be using Durham Light Infantry letters, an estate plan from the Salvin family of Croxdale and an order book from the county Quarter Sessions records.


Third Thursday Talk: 'The Durham Militia'
by Steve Shannon, military researcher
Thursday 17 January 2019, from 12.30pm to 1.15pm
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£0.00

This talk is the first in our 2019 programme of 'Third Thursday Talks'. Steve Shannon will explore the history - the good and the bad - of the Durham Militia from 1759 to 1881, when it became part of the Durham Light Infantry, through the unique collections of militia photographs and documents held by Durham County Record Office and the militia uniforms and other objects held in the DLI Collection.

The Durham Militia was raised in Barnard Castle in August 1759 by the Lord Lieutenant, the Earl of Darlington, with a strength of 369 men. Militiamen, after their initial training, only met for one month a year for training. Then they returned to 'civvy street'. However, if the militia was embodied (called-out) to defend the country then these militiamen served as full-time soldiers, often for years, until the crisis had passed.

This event is free (donations welcome on the day).

Advance booking essential.


Introduction to Palaeography: Week 2 - 18th century handwriting

Thursday 17 January 2019, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£12.00

Our four week palaeography course is led by one of our archivists and is perfect for family and local historians looking to get the most out of studying documents that were created before the 20th century.

The course covers the basics of how to understand handwriting styles from the 16th to the 19th century. Each week the course provides a background to the types of handwriting that were prevalent in each of these four centuries while the course will also provide a variety of examples of original documents from each century (mostly drawn from our collections). The majority of each session will focus on interactive activities to help participants understand how to read and understand these documents with personal and friendly guidance from our archivist.

Week 2 looks at 18th century handwriting where it is possible to see an overlap of the more modern round hand writing with the older secretary hand style of writing more common in the 17th century. We will be using Durham Light Infantry letters, an estate plan from the Salvin family of Croxdale and an order book from the county Quarter Sessions records.


Family History for Beginners

Monday evenings, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm on 21, 28 January and 4 February 2019
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£30.00

Back by popular demand, this three week course is led by one of our archivists and is perfect for budding genealogists looking for some help getting started on your family tree.

The course covers the basics of family history, including civil registration, the census and parish registers. As well as looking at examples of each (drawn from our collections), there will be interactive activities to help participants understand how to use them for family history and opportunities for friendly advice from the tutor.


Introduction to Palaeography: Week 3 - Secretary hand

Thursday 24 January 2019, from 10.00am to 12 noon
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£12.00

Our four week palaeography course is led by one of our archivists and is perfect for family and local historians looking to get the most out of studying documents that were created before the 20th century.

The course covers the basics of how to understand handwriting styles from the 16th to the 19th century. Each week the course provides a background to the types of handwriting that were prevalent in each of these four centuries while the course will also provide a variety of examples of original documents from each century (mostly drawn from our collections). The majority of each session will focus on interactive activities to help participants understand how to read and understand these documents with personal and friendly guidance from our archivist.

Week 3 looks at 16th and 17th century handwriting where secretary hand was a common style of handwriting. Working from a model alphabet of secretary hand we will examine a parish register, an entry book from the notorious London-based Court of Wards and Liveries and a letter from our Strathmore estate collection in relation to the above court.


Introduction to Palaeography: Week 3 - Secretary hand

Thursday 24 January 2019, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£12.00

Our four week palaeography course is led by one of our archivists and is perfect for family and local historians looking to get the most out of studying documents that were created before the 20th century.

The course covers the basics of how to understand handwriting styles from the 16th to the 19th century. Each week the course provides a background to the types of handwriting that were prevalent in each of these four centuries while the course will also provide a variety of examples of original documents from each century (mostly drawn from our collections). The majority of each session will focus on interactive activities to help participants understand how to read and understand these documents with personal and friendly guidance from our archivist.

Week 3 looks at 16th and 17th century handwriting where secretary hand was a common style of handwriting. Working from a model alphabet of secretary hand we will examine a parish register, an entry book from the notorious London-based Court of Wards and Liveries and a letter from our Strathmore estate collection in relation to the above court.


Family History for Beginners

Friday mornings, from 10.00am to 12 noon on 25 January and 1, 8 February 2019
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£30.00

Back by popular demand, this three week course is led by one of our archivists and is perfect for budding genealogists looking for some help getting started on your family tree.

The course covers the basics of family history, including civil registration, the census and parish registers. As well as looking at examples of each (drawn from our collections), there will be interactive activities to help participants understand how to use them for family history and opportunities for friendly advice from the tutor.


Introduction to Palaeography: Week 4 - Court hand

Thursday 31 January 2019, 10.00am to 12 noon
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£12.00

Our four week palaeography course is led by one of our archivists and is perfect for family and local historians looking to get the most out of studying documents that were created before the 20th century.

The course covers the basics of how to understand handwriting styles from the 16th to the 19th century. Each week the course provides a background to the types of handwriting that were prevalent in each of these four centuries while the course will also provide a variety of examples of original documents from each century (mostly drawn from our collections). The majority of each session will focus on interactive activities to help participants understand how to read and understand these documents with personal and friendly guidance from our archivist.

Week 4 considers the more formal court handwriting style which was also commonly encountered in the 16th and 17th century. Again we will be working from a model alphabet of court hand and the first two documents will again explore the Court of Wards and Liveries auctioning off orphans to rich courtiers and speculators while finally looking at a document from the Strathmore estate collection which attempts to establish the boundaries of the Streatlam estate.


Introduction to Palaeography: Week 4 - Court hand

Thursday 31 January 2019, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£12.00

Our four week palaeography course is led by one of our archivists and is perfect for family and local historians looking to get the most out of studying documents that were created before the 20th century.

The course covers the basics of how to understand handwriting styles from the 16th to the 19th century. Each week the course provides a background to the types of handwriting that were prevalent in each of these four centuries while the course will also provide a variety of examples of original documents from each century (mostly drawn from our collections). The majority of each session will focus on interactive activities to help participants understand how to read and understand these documents with personal and friendly guidance from our archivist.

Week 4 considers the more formal court handwriting style which was also commonly encountered in the 16th and 17th century. Again we will be working from a model alphabet of court hand and the first two documents will again explore the Court of Wards and Liveries auctioning off orphans to rich courtiers and speculators while finally looking at a document from the Strathmore estate collection which attempts to establish the boundaries of the Streatlam estate.


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