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Reading 16th and 17th Century Handwriting

Tuesday 10 March 2020

It might feel like the family historian’s curse. Working your way back in time, painstakingly poring over parish registers, suddenly you come across a register that looks like a hundred spiders have danced the Fandango across the page. Does that really say Thomas, son of Henry Handgrenade? Luckily early modern handwriting follows set forms and conventions, albeit ones that look different from those we use today. This talk will teach you these forms and conventions so that you will be able to confidently decipher sixteenth and seventeenth century records.

£4, booking advisable on:

E: Archives@wiltshire.gov.uk

T: 01249 705500

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