Introduction to Western Paleography online workshop

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June 18th, 2023 10:00 AM

  • Instructor: Kathryn Brunet
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: June 18th, 2023 10:00 AM
  • Workshop End: June 25th, 2023 11:30 PM
  • Sessions: 2
  • In-person or Online?: Online

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $70
Scholarships available; click here to apply.


This is a two session online workshop.

Paleography is the the study of historical handwriting. In this beginner workshop, students will be introduced to a variety of Western European scripts from medieval manuscripts and Early Modern documents, learn some paleographical approaches to document transcription, and will participate in transcription activities with guidance from the instructor.

Students will learn how to approach the text of historical documents with a plan for transcription and analysis. The paleography skills taught in this workshop can be applied to handwritten documents from any time period. 

>> Prerequisite: None. All interests and skill-levels are welcome! <<

Materials to Bring: Pencil, eraser, lined paper.

Date & Time: Sundays, June 18 & 25, 2023 :: 10-11:30am Pacific Time

Location: Online over Zoom.

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Registration will close 3 days prior to the start date of this workshop.

About the Instructor | Kathryn Brunet (she/her)

Kathryn A. Brunet is a special collections librarian based in London, England. She has a master's degree in Library & Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a certificate in Rare Books and Manuscripts Studies from the California Rare Book School. She is currently working on a master's degree in Medieval & Renaissance Studies from University College London. In addition to her work in librarianship, she teaches a variety of workshops and guest lectures at the graduate and undergraduate level, focusing on Western paleography, medieval manuscript production, and early printed books of Western Europe.

Past Student Reviews:

“Kathryn’s tips about deciphering letters and making keys is helpful for reading any historical or hand written document. The history and vocabulary were fascinating.”

"Kathryn followed each class with supplementary materials and gave us a ton of resources online as well as book titles. I bought one of the books and it is an excellent book to continue studying writing forms. I have an art history degree and loved the beauty of illuminated documents, but never took time to really look at the letters. I missed so much."

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United States