Continuing professional development

The History department at Keele has a long tradition of continuing education. As well as teaching many enthusiastic and brilliant people about the local history of Staffordshire and surrounding area, we also offer courses on the methods and practice of local history study, as well as key skills such as document reading and analysis, and short courses on topical subjects that regularly attract students from overseas. Of particular note are our Certificate in Local History, and the long-running Latin and Palaeography Summer School. Keep an eye out for upcoming courses!

Continuing eduction in History takes place within a wider portfolio of adult education opportunities in the School of Humanities, the more history-orientated of which are also listed below. Details of the full range can be found here.

It is also worth checking our regular seminars, and activities in the Centre for Local History - all are open to the public.

For many years Keele has run a very successful Certificate in Local History course. Unfortunately this has had to close, but we hope to launch a new Local History course soon. Watch this space!



This summer school organised by Keele University (and now in its 44th 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. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year’s school is taking place online, but it will  maintain much of its usual structure. 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 return 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. 

For more information, please click here to see our school brochure.

Please note that the 'Treasure Trove of Documents' course is now full and we cannot take any further bookings for it.

To book, please go to our online shop

If you have any queries, please contact the summer school director, Andrew Sargent, at: