Summer School - Latin and Palaeography, 21-26 July 2018, UK


July 01, 2018


Event Date:

July 21, 2018 - July 26, 2018

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Latin and Palaeography Summer School


This summer school at Keele University (now in its 41st year) is for those wishing to acquire or improve their skills in reading and transcribing medieval and early modern documents in both Latin and English. Taken mostly from English archives (both national and local), the documents are chiefly those which are used by historians rather than literary texts. 

If you need an introduction to medieval Latin or palaeography (the study of medieval and early modern handwriting), or wish to enhance the knowledge that you already have and want to meet others with the same interests, then the Keele school is designed for you, and one of its main benefits is that students are able to build up their knowledge and confidence during the week.

The school is taught in several small groups, but these are not in sessions at which students just listen to tutors and make notes. Rather, the emphasis is very much on learning the skills in reading and transcribing documents, and so involves a lot of active participation.

The approach is serious but friendly and attracts a wide range of people from both the UK and abroad: national, local, and family historians, along with archive students and postgraduate researchers. Many come back year after year, taking the opportunity to seek advice from tutors and fellow students on their own research interests and problems.

The tutors all have considerable experience in teaching adult groups, and have their own expertise in a wide range of topics, beyond palaeography. They include senior archivists, university lecturers, and local history tutors. The school takes place at the University’s attractive campus in North Staffordshire, with accommodation in comfortable single bedrooms.

Who comes to the Summer School?

One person has come to ALL of them! And others also return on a regular basis – but not because they are slow learners; on the contrary, they have become rather skilled palaeographers but wish to experience the problems of reading and interpreting different kinds of documents. Several have published editions of documents, often as part of county record series. Many people are actively involved in local history projects, sometimes on their own account or because they are involved with a Victoria County History project. Others need reading skills to undertake original research for university post-graduate degrees, or to enhance their career in an archive office (or prepare for an archive qualification course).


Some financial assistance is available in the form of a limited number of ‘Higden Scholarships’ which are provided by a non-University body. Those wishing to apply should contact the Director who will pass on their details. If you should wish to make a donation to the Bursary Fund, please read the attached APPEAL leaflet.  

The courses

The school is built around a series of small seminar groups of up to 10 or so students, each led by an expert tutor. Students attend ONE group only throughout the week. There are two INTRODUCTORY COURSES: one for those with no or very little knowledge of Latin as a language and the other for those who want to learn how to read and transcribe a range of medieval Latin documents. For those already with a good knowledge of Latin grammar and a reasonable level of palaeographical expertise, there is a choice from two SUBJECT COURSES.


Accommodation is available in single en-suite rooms (with tea and coffee making facilities) at the Oaks hall of residence on Keele campus. Please note: Early booking is recommended in order to secure a Keele-based room, as they are in high demand at this time of the year. Car parking permits will be issued and should be displayed in cars. 


The following costs, which include teaching fees, are for residents and non-residents. Please note that the costs for both residents and non-residents include a light lunch. Non-residents can elect to have a dinner. RESIDENT £725 (Campus ensuite bedroom) NON-RESIDENT £525 (with evening meal) £425 (without evening meal).


A direct bus service from Stoke-on-Trent railway station (the number 25 from opposite the station front) goes through the University campus. Alight in center near to the Darwin Building, and cross over car-park to the Chancellor’s Building (behind the Tawney Building).

Daily Schedule

Teaching this year takes place in KEELE HALL, the historic mansion house that was the original core of the University. Except for Saturday evening (when dinner is in Chancellor’s Building), all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are also in Keele Hall.


  • registration in Chancellor’s Building foyer 3.00–4.30pm 
  • two-course dinner 6.30pm (followed by talk at 7.45pm)
  • N.B. dinner and talk also in Chancellor’s Building

SUNDAY 22 July

  • breakfast 8.00am
  • teaching sessions 9.15am to 12.50pm (with 20 minutes tea/ coffee break at 10.45am)
  • lunch 1pm
  • teaching session 2.00 to 4.00pm (followed by tea/coffee)
  • two-course dinner 6.30pm (followed by talk at 7.45pm)

MONDAY 23 July as Sunday

TUESDAY 24 July as Sunday 

WEDNESDAY 25 July as Sunday 

THURSDAY 26 July as Sunday, with Summer School ending at 4pm (with tea/coffee)

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May 07, 2018
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