Practice makes perfect! New tools for reading old handwriting

Echoes from the Vault

Practice makes perfect: this is true of many things, but particularly so when attempting to read old handwriting. Palaeography skills develop with greater exposure and even experts will tell you that their ability to decipher a particular hand improves with acquaintance.

The ReadMe display at the Good Practice Exchange, 3 May 2017

Students who take the medieval and early modern MLitt programmes in English and History study palaeography as part of their course because they are likely to have to read original handwritten sources as part of their research. But getting opportunities to practise this new skill can be a challenge when class time is relatively short.

Dr Margaret Connolly, one of the collaborators on the project, with colleagues from the School of English Dr Chris Jones and Dr Rhiannon Purdie

Colleagues from the Library’s Academic Liaison team at the Good Practice Exchange. Left to right: Vicki Cormie, Hilda McNae…

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