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Historic handwriting course to be held at Lichfield Library

Historians from Lichfield are being invited to attend a new course at Lichfield Library deciphering historic handwriting.

Handwriting for Wills and Inventories begins next Wednesday, January 19 and will be led by Dr Dudley Fowkes. Known as palaeography, the study of old handwriting is used to interpret valuable historic documents.

Six sessions will take place on consecutive Wednesdays at the Library between 2:30pm and 4pm. The course costs £13 and is delivered by the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service and supported by Staffordshire County Council’s adult and community learning service. Booking is advised as essential.

Cabinet member for communities and culture Ben Adams said:

This course will give a fascinating insight into the study of old handwritten documents.

They are a valuable source of information for historians and so it will be rewarding to all those attending.

Anyone wanting to book a place on the course should contact Lichfield Record Office on 01543 510720 or visit the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service web site.

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