Sessions held at the Modern Records Centre can introduce students to the concept of using primary sources, provide guidance on how to undertake archival research, identify sources for academic work, and provide students with the confidence and skills to undertake their own independent research.
A survey of 10 groups of students who had attended seminars run by the Modern Records Centre revealed that:
- 94% had never previously visited an archive
- Prior to their visit, 98% knew little or nothing about what the Modern Records Centre could offer
- 74% said that the session had made them more likely to visit the MRC for archive research
- On being asked whether they had found the experience of looking at original sources interesting, 73% strongly agreed
What can we provide?
- Usually an hour in length
- A basic introduction to archive research and the Modern Records Centre
- Includes hands-on look at archives relevant to your course
- Optional look behind the scenes at the strongrooms
Tailor-made study sessions
Study sessions can be designed with complete flexibility to suit the needs of individual groups.
Sessions could include:
- Analysis of particular archive sources, including consideration of their reliability, informational worth and ease of use
- Series of student presentations on an archive source, or on a subject using examples from primary sources
- Work towards a student-curated exhibition of archives
- Hire our research space and use archives as part of your seminars