URBAN DETECTIVES SHOULD CHECK OUT TWO FREE WORKSHOPS AT THE AK BELL

Urban detectives with a passion for local history should check out two free workshops in the Local and Family History section at the AK Bell Library in Perth.

The first event, on Thursday, May 11 from 6-8pm, is entitled an ‘Introduction to Maps and Archives for Local History’. This workshop will introduce researchers to local history resources in the Perth and Kinross collections – particularly old maps and selected documents from the archive.

Dr Nicola Cowmeadow, Local History Officer, Culture Perth & Kinross, said: “Participants will also learn how to use a variety of related resources including the archive catalogue, SCRAN’s historical images, sounds and movies, National Library of Scotland Map images and more.”

‘How to Read an Old Document’ is the title of the next workshop on Thursday, June 8 from 6-8pm. This event will introduce beginners and experienced researchers to using primary source material.

Added Dr Cowmeadow: “In the workshop we will demonstrate how to use historic documents and explore some of the less obvious things they can tell us. Dr Lucy Dean from the University of the Highlands and Islands will take us through reading old handwriting and suggest ways old documents can enhance research projects.”

Both events are free and suitable for adults. However, booking is essential, either by phoning Local and Family History at the AK Bell on 01738 477062 or by emailing localstudies@culturepk.org.uk

For more information visit www.culturepk.org.uk