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Palaeography Workshops

The Scottish Records Association (SRA) offers palaeography classes to help researchers read and understand handwritten records produced in Scotland in the early modern period. Some are restricted to members of the Association only and others are open to everyone. The workshops are free of charge and are run on a voluntary basis by members of the SRA who have relevant experience in reading early-modern records and/or teaching palaeography. The classes were originally designed to be offered on-site for small groups but they have been modified to be presented online.

Extract from the hearth tax roll for Aberdeenshire, compiled about 1692, copyright National Records of Scotland, E69/1/9/2

Workshops winter 2022-2023

Palaeography Pointers: reading Scottish historical handwriting

The Scottish Records Association (SRA) and Culture Perth and Kinross will be running two-hour workshops at the AK Bell Library, Perth, for anyone starting to use early-modern handwriting in their research. Open to all. Admission £5.

Tuesday 29 November 2022, 11am-1pm (UK time).

Tuesday 29 November 2022, 2pm-4pm (UK time).

For more details and to book a place, please go to the Culture Perth & Kinross website.

Palaeography for Beginners

A two-hour workshop aimed at researchers who are starting to read Scottish handwritten records

from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It is based mainly on Old Parish Registers and kirk

session records.

Thursday 15 December 2022, 2pm-4pm (UK time).

Online (via Zoom).


Open to all.

For more information or to book a place, please contact: [email protected]

Palaeography for Private Household Collections 

A three-hour class (including a break) aimed at those who have had some palaeography training

(such as the SRA ‘Palaeography for Beginners’ workshop). It is based on household inventories and

accounts and is particularly useful for anyone researching the history of material culture (such as

furniture and furnishings), and the history of medicine.

Thursday 19 January 2023, 11am-2pm (UK time).

Online (via Zoom).


Open to all.

For more information or to book a place, please contact: [email protected].

Wednesday 22 February 2023, time to be confirmed.

Glamis Castle Archives.


Open to Scottish Records Association members and their guests.

For more details or to book a place, please contact: [email protected]