Early Modern Exchanges


Unstitching the Early Modern: Archival and book skills

This module provides intensive training in the essential skills required for postgraduate research in the period 1500-1800 and focuses mainly on two areas; paleography and book history.

Bookkeeper by van Dijk, handwriting manuscript culture

Code: CMII0015
Value: 15 credits
Tutor: Dr Robyn Adams
Time & Location: Mondays, 2-4pm, term 1. Use UCL 'Custom Timetable' to check rooms

The paleography section introduces the handwriting and scripts of early modern England (1500-1800) and manuscript culture. Knowledge of these scripts is essential for students wishing to pursue archival research. In addition, this course provides access to the resources required for archival research, such as provenance markers and situating the source material in its historical context.

The book history section is intended as a primer towards advanced bibliographical research and study which focuses on textual history. It equips the student with the resources, methodological questions and techniques required for understanding the historical context and processes of book production in the early modern period. The course combines practical research skills with a program of key areas of historical bibliography and history of reading.

The course is practical, and is taught on-site within the UCL Special Collections reading room facilities, using carefully chosen material from the stacks. There are also two field trips to archives and institutions and the opportunity to meet and gain hands-on experience from leading manuscript and textual scholars.

This course is a core module for the MA in Early Modern Studies as of September 2018.

Assessment: One 4000 word essay (100%)

Coursework should be submitted via the Moodle course, and according to the deadlines set out therein.