Paleography Workshops led by Erin Kelly and Kim McLean-Fiander


Dr. Erin Kelly and Dr. Kim McLean-Fiander recently (Sept. 22 & 23) conducted two paleography workshops in collaboration with UVic Special Collections. Thirty faculty members, librarians, undergraduates, graduate students, and members of the wider community learned how to decipher 16th and 17th-C handwriting (Secretary and Italic hands) and how to transcribe old texts using authentic goose quill pens and iron gall ink.

Both workshops were oversubscribed, but, if you missed out and would like to try your hand at transcribing old handwriting, come out to the “Pens & Pints” event on Thursday, October 8th at the Grad House from 6:00pm onwards.

The evening will combine the fun of a pub quiz night with the excitement of archival scholarship. Come join a transcription team, and you’ll have a chance to transcribe some 16th and 17th-C handwritten documents (including some smutty poetry). Prizes will be given for great work, and a good time will be had by all!

Whether you are an old hand at working with renaissance manuscript documents, have attended one introductory workshop, or simply think it will be interesting to wrestle with early modern handwriting, you are welcome to participate in this event!