Researching ordinary people of the early modern period

How much do you know about early modern primary sources and the types of resources
researchers have available to them when uncovering the lives of the people of the British
Isles before the modern census?

This programme, in joint collaboration with the Lord Leycester and the History
department at the University of Warwick, will provide a fun, interactive series of
workshops to explore the sources and documents available to research people of the

Tickets for each workshop are £5pp and this includes coffee and cake.

Each session will run from 9am-11am.


Parish Registers – 22 January 2024 – SOLD OUT!

This workshop starts with one of the most basic and important sources for tracing people
in the past: records of baptisms, marriages and burials, which were kept by most parish
churches from the sixteenth century until civil registration in 1837.


Parish Community Records – 5 February 2024 – SOLD OUT!

The parish and the parish church were at the centre of most people’s lives, and this
workshop will explore its communal records to provide richer detail of the daily activities
and concerns of men and women in the early modern period.


Manorial and Urban Records – 19 February 2024 – SOLD OUT!

This session will provide an introduction into the
different types of manorial and urban records available to researchers, focusing on 16th
and 17th-century Warwick and Bristol, it will also provide an introduction to poor relief
papers and coroners records kept by towns and parishes.


Military Records and the Impact of the Civil Wars – 4 March 2024 – SOLD OUT!

This workshop examines some of the records employed

by researchers to trace the lives and identities of ex-soldiers in the sixteenth and
seventeenth centuries, including petitions for financial relief from poor and wounded
soldiers, their wives and other family members, as well as muster rolls, regimental and
officer histories, warrants, and other army accounts.


Ecclesiastical Sources, Wills and Family Papers – 18 March 2024 – SOLD OUT!

Wills provide interesting clues about family
relationships, about material affluence, and attitudes towards charitable giving, and can
offer additional information on money, land, property, material possessions, and debts.
In addition to wills, this workshop also considers other types of family papers that are
useful to historians studying this period, especially correspondence and diaries.


Legal and Judicial Sources- 25 March 2024 – SOLD OUT!

This session examines the nature of legal proceedings and different types of legal
documents in the early modern period, focusing on the surviving records for a range of
local and national courts, including the Old Bailey criminal court (where the most serious
crimes were punished), the Quarter Sessions (serious crimes that did not carry death
penalty), Assizes and Petty Sessions.


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