PAST Records Workshop – Medieval Legal Records

Date / time: 13 June, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Postgraduate Archival Skills Training (PAST) programme offers students a unique opportunity to obtain the skills and knowledge needed to undertake academic research using original records at The National Archives.

*Please note that this is a one-day workshop on site at The National Archives on Tuesday 13 June 2023.*

This Medieval Legal Records workshop will provide you with the essential skills to identify and access original source material amongst the legal records of central government. During each session you will receive tuition and guidance on a range of archival research skills from our medieval records specialists, and you will also undertake practical exercises involving hands-on document work.

The workshop will focus on the vast collection of medieval legal records held by The National Archives (c.1215-c.1509). The day will begin with an introduction to the medieval legal system and its processes, and the following sessions will focus on different areas of the law including: common law; the rise of equity courts; and the local administration of justice.

At the end of the workshop you will have increased confidence in your ability to find and access previously challenging medieval legal documents, and to read and understand their contents. This event is aimed at current taught postgraduate and PhD students, although other researchers are welcome to attend. This is a level three workshop within the PAST programme, and will be investigating complex and demanding archival collections, but you will be supported by expert staff throughout. There are no pre-requisites for attendance, although a basic understanding of Latin is recommended.


For more information about the PAST programme please see The National Archives’ website or email

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