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Learning about British Medieval Scripts with the InScribe module

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InScribe HeaderThe Institute of Historical research are pleased to announce the release of InScribe Module 2: Script. This is the second instalment from the online platform InScribe: Palaeography Learning Materials and follows the introductory module released in January 2013.

Studying scripts

The study of pre-modern scripts involves being able to identify specific letters, understand what is written down in a hand that is not necessarily familiar to us today, and being able to recognise the indicators that tell us the origin and date of production. The study of scripts in this way (Palaeography) is a useful skill to process especially for students who study any aspect of the pre-modern world.

Knowledge of the basic principles of Palaeography and the main features of particular script formats is an unavoidable requirement for anyone with an interest in the Middle Ages and a need to refer to primary sources. InScribe has been developed with that in mind. It is not a resource for expert Palaeographers, rather it is aimed at students that are required to consult primary sources (either medieval manuscripts or documents) and offers them with a chance to acquire the required knowledge and skills. Users are presented with a variety of textual and audiovisual resources that cover the whole medieval period with a focus on the English context. Besides detailed descriptions of each script, the student is given the opportunity to put that in practice by transcribing a range of selected manuscripts in the newly-developed transcription tool.

InScribe Module 2: Script

After the success of the introductory (free) module on General Palaeography, the School of Advanced Study have screenshot TTproduced a new, second online module for our successful InScribe palaeography course. This module focuses on scripts, providing an opportunity to determine the origin and date of production of any given manuscript from medieval Britain. It starts with Insular Minuscule (a script form popular in sixth-century Britain) and ends with Gothic types in the 16th century. The module’s contents include:

Section 1         Introduction

Section 2         Insular Minuscule

Section 3         Anglo-Saxon and Caroline minuscule

Section 4         The Protogothic Transition

Section 5         The Gothic Explosion

As with the previous module, the Scripts module contains advice, videos showing Palaeographers as work, and various opportunities to practise your transcription and identification skills using digital copies of manuscript pages.

This module costs £25 to complete. Further details can be found on the School of Advanced Study shop. The first free module can be found here: InScribe module one, just click on ‘guest’ access to go straight to the course.

 

InScribe goes live

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Palaeography header 72 RGBAfter a period of tests, the introductory module of the new online course on Palaeography and Manuscript Studies is now available. InScribe provides a set of materials suitable both for someone interested in exploring Palaeography for the first time as well as for those in need of a refresher. Graduate students, academics and members of the general public undertaking this introductory module will become familiar with the most important writing styles (scripts) of the medieval period with particular reference to the English context; they will be able to explore a number of newly digitised manuscripts; and they will acquire some transcription practice.

Screenshot from the InScribe course

Screenshot from the InScribe course

The module includes short videos with experts on the field discussing relevant topics. Moreover, transcription can be practiced in the new Transcription Tool developed in collaboration with KCL.

 

Screenshot of the Transcription Tool

Screenshot of the Transcription Tool

Later in the year, we will release new modules that will provide advanced online training on Diplomatic, Script and Translation, Codicology and Illumination. The introductory module is free of charge.

To try InScribe click here. Notice that you will need to register (for free) to gain access to the module.

 

Our Inscribe online palaeography tutorial goes live

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After a period of testing, the introductory module of the new free online course on Palaeography and Manuscript Studies is now available.

InScribe provides a set of materials suitable both for someone interested in exploring Palaeography for the first time, as well as for those in need of a refresher.Graduate students, academics and members of the general public undertaking this introductory module will become familiar with the most important writing styles (scripts) of the medieval period with particular reference to the English context; they will be able to explore a number of newly digitised manuscripts; and they will acquire some transcription practice.

The module includes short videos with experts on the field discussing relevant topics. Moreover, transcription can be practised in the new Transcription Tool developed in collaboration with King’s College London.

Later in the year, we will release new modules that will provide advanced online training on Diplomatic, Script and Translation, Codicology and Illumination. The introductory module is free of charge.
Try InScribe now. Notice that you will need to register (for free) to gain access to the module.