Discover the secrets of the written past on a course that shows how to read historic writing.

Led by one of Durham County Record Office’s archivists the course introduces people to palaeography, the study of old handwriting. The study of palaeography is invaluable for any family or local historian who would like to broaden their knowledge and read original records more easily.

The course will have a practical focus, with plenty of chance to hone the newfound skills by working on guided examples with the tutor.

The course comprises four sessions, which may be booked individually or as a full course. There are morning, 10am till 12 noon, and evening, 6pm till 8pm, options for each session on the following days:

• Thursday, 10 January 2019 – 19th Century handwriting

• Monday, 17 January 2019 – 18th Century handwriting

• Monday, 24 January 2019 – Secretary Hand (16/17th Centuries)

• Monday, 31 January 2019 – Court Hand (16th-17th Centuries)

The sessions cost £12 each or £40 for all four. Places must be booked in advance as there are a limited number. Demand is expected to be high so it is advisable to book now to avoid disappointment.

For further information or to book, visit the record office shop at Christmas gift vouchers that can be used for the Introduction to Palaeography course, or the Family History for Beginners course, can be purchased by calling 03000 267626.