INSTG010 English Historical Frameworks

This course examines the history of written records in England and the main institutions which created them. Archivists need to understand the purposes for which historical records were created and the significance of the information within them, in order to advise members of the public, describe the context in which records were produced, and make informed acquisition and appraisal decisions. The course will cover the history of the main record-creating institutions from the Norman Conquest to the present day, including central government departments and offices, local government, the manorial system, ecclesiastical administration including religious nonconformity, the development of commercial businesses, and other non- or quasi-governmental organizations and agencies. It will also discuss major record-creating activities, such as censuses, wills and probate, the registration of births, marriages, deaths, and land ownership, and the historical significance and uses of these records. Students will also consider ways in which the circumstances of record creation have changed over time.
Learning outcomes: By the end of the module, students will be able to interpret the purposes for which a wide range of historical records were created and the significance of the information within them; understand and describe the history of a range of record-creating bodies; and have a working knowledge of the variety and complexity of England's archival heritage
Assessment: Assessment by coursework only
Optional for: MA /Postgraduate Diploma / Certificate in Archives and Records Management and Records and Archives Management (International). This module is also available for short course students
Taught by: Peter Foden in term 1. Ths module will only run if numbers allow.
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