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!

The 45th Keele Latin and Palaeography Summer School

Saturday 30 July – Thursday 4 August 2022

This summer school organised by Keele University (and now in its 45th 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. 

Drawing on experience gained during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s school is hybrid in form, and you may choose to attend in person or online. The school is taught in several small groups, but these are not in sessions in 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. 

To book, please go to our online shop.

For more information, please click the link below to download the school brochure.

If you have any queries, please contact the summer school director, Andrew Sargent, at: a.sargent1@keele.ac.uk

UPDATE: There is now a limited number of bursaries available to help students with the cost of the summer school. Please see the second page of the brochure (below) for details of how to apply.

Click here to download the updated Latin and Palaeography Summer School brochure (292 KB)