skip to content

Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


The deadline for booking a place on this course has passed. Please use the 'Ask a Question' button to register your interest in future or similar courses.

Palaeography is an essential research tool used when understanding local or family histories, and this course will aim to provide students with the skills required to understand historic documents. The initial session will introduce the students to the letters, numerals and abbreviations used in documents from the sixteenth century onwards. It will be demonstrated that, perhaps surprisingly, some sixteenth- and seventeenth-century hands are relatively easy to read as they are much more uniform than modern handwriting.  Students will also be shown how to lay out a transcript so that it is both legible and accurate. This is a practical course, outlining key skills to set texts in context, and then read and/or transcribe documents. 




Fees & bursaries


The course fee includes tuition, tea, coffee and lunch and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited).

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion).


You may cancel a course booking at any time. After the 14 day cancellation period has expired, the standard ICE course cancellation policy will apply. Please view our refund and cancellation policy for further details.


The Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary Fund offers a bursary of 50% of the course fee to applicants who teach in a UK state school or state-funded further education institution, applying to study a day school, weekend course or online course.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

19 Apr 2020

Course duration

1 Day

Apply by

05 Apr 2020

Course fee

Home: £110
Overseas: £110

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits


Teaching sessions

Meetings: 1

Course code