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PAST Medieval Legal Records Workshop
Thu 22 June 2017, 09:30 – 17:00 BST
The Postgraduate Archival Skills Training (PAST) programme offers students a unique opportunity to obtain the skills and knowledge needed to undertake academic research at The National Archives.
This Medieval Legal Records Workshop will provide you with the essential skills to identify and access original source material amongst the legal records of central government. During each session you will receive tuition and guidance on a range of archival research skills and undertake practical exercises involving hands-on document work.The session will be led our by our medieval records specialists Dr Sean Cunningham, Dr Paul Dryburgh and Dr Euan Roger.
The workshop will focus on the vast collection of medieval legal records held by The National Archives. After an introduction to the medieval legal system and its processes, sessions will focus on different areas of the law: including common law, the rise of equity courts and the local administration of justice. At the end of the course you will have increased confidence in your ability to find and access previously challenging medieval legal documents and to read and understand their contents.
This event is aimed at current taught postgraduates, PhD students, postdoctoral and early career researchers. There are no pre-requisites for attendance, although a basic understanding of Latin is recommended.
This is a one day workshop on site at The National Archives. Tea and coffee at registration and lunch are provided.
10:00 Session 1: Introduction to Medieval Law
- Overview of the Medieval Legal System
- Processes and Language
11:30 Session 2: Common Law Courts (I) – King’s Bench
13:15 Session 3: Common Law Courts (II) – Common Pleas
14:30 Session 4: Equity Courts – Chancery and Council
15:30 Session 5: Local Justice
16:30 Wrap up and Questions