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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 2021-2022.

These are open to everyone, free, online via Zoom, limited to 8 people per workshop, and are offered on a first come first served basis.

Palaeography for Beginners

A 2-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, and will take place on the following dates:

  • Friday 12 November 2021, 3pm-5pm (UK time).
  • Friday 10 December 2021, 11am-1pm (UK time).
  • Friday 14 January 2022, 3pm-5pm (UK time).
  • Saturday 22 January 2022, 4pm-6pm (UK time).
 For more information or to book a place, please contact: [email protected]

Palaeography for Private Household Collections 

A 3-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 medicine or material culture (such as furniture and furnishings), and will take place on the following dates:

  •  Friday 3 December 2021, 11am-2pm (UK time).
  • Friday 21 January 2022, 11am-2pm (UK time).
For more details or to book a place, please contact: [email protected]