Using the Archives
A training day for postgraduate research students in the Arts & Humanities
Wednesday 12th December 2018: John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester
This training day will introduce postgraduate students to using archival resources, from the entry-level skills of searching for information in a particular archive to more complex knowledge of the law regarding archival use. We will then hold a round-table discussion of the ways different archives have informed research, from the library at York Minster to the Special Collections at Manchester Metropolitan University. It will include speakers from across the Arts & Humanities on how archival use has informed their research on subjects like the novel, early modern religion, and clothing and textiles. One of the speakers will also be a PhD student with curatorial expertise who will speak to her experiences.
After lunch there will be two parallel skills workshops, one on palaeography and another on writing about research and archives for the wider public, an essential skill when collaborating with archives and museums on exhibitions, and for conveying research to the public.
We will close with a keynote talk by Dr Emma Jay from the National Archives who will talk about her experiences of using the archives, and the ways in which archival use is changing in the twenty-first century.
Places are free but limited, so please only book if you plan to attend. They can be booked here:
If you have dietary requirements, or are a NWCDTP-funded student who wishes to reclaim travel expenses for this event, please email K.Hurlock@mmu.ac.uk