Personal study workshops begin with an introduction to The National Archives, an explanation of how to use the Catalogue to search for and order documents, and a tour of the reading rooms with an explanation of how to use the facilities here. This lasts for approximately one and a half hours.
Once the introduction is over, you are then free to spend the rest of the day here ordering documents and carrying out research. The Education Officer leading your visit will remain on hand to give additional advice and help where needed.
Before the workshop, we will ask you to send us a list of your students' personal study topics so we can prepare some specific material that will help get them started on their own research.
Our Your Archives website, a wiki-based system anyone can edit, contains articles on around 180 popular personal study topics. Students can use these as springboards for research and might work to improve them as part of producing their final piece of work.
This session can be delivered as a