Members’ Research Methods Series, Winter 2021/22
This is a series of events for small groups which will include ‘how to’ sessions like these and some very short-term projects on Lewes related topics. There will be more to come in due course. The events will be at the King’s Church, Lewes, or out of doors, as Zoom isn’t the best medium for discussion groups.
Please note, these events are put on for Lewes History Group members. See our Membership page to join the Group.
Course: Palaeography Workshops
These workshops will teach you how to read and interpret old documents
Date: 17 February 2022
– 10 am Morning Session – Follow-on Palaeography Course
– 2 pm Afternoon Session – Parish Chest meets Palaeography
Venue: King’s Church, Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY
Tutor: Dr Caroline Adams
Booking: You can book for either or both sessions, but please make clear which session(s) you wish to attend. To book your place, please email Sue Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org giving your name. You will have your booking confirmed.
Please book before 7th October 2021. If there is not enough demand by then, we can free the tutor and the venue from the commitment.
10 am Morning Session – Follow-on Palaeography Course
This is for people with a little experience, such as those who did Caroline Adams’s ‘Starters’ course, but we will revise letter forms and abbreviations as well. Included are a will, a customs document for the Port of Bristol, Anne of Cleves’s accounts, and a 16th century witch document.
2pm Afternoon Session – Parish Chest meets Palaeography
This workshop will explore parish records, as well as helping you read them. Included are a register, poor law documents and an inventory, and we will see what documents we might expect to find in a parish collection.
Tutor: Dr Caroline Adams was Senior Archivist at West Sussex Record Office for 20 years, leaving in 2014 to start her own business. She is now a local historian and palaeographer, researching house and local history and transcribing documents for people. A large part of her work is now teaching palaeography online, with courses running for an hour a week for five weeks and open to anybody. See www.keytothepast.co.uk for details.