Postgraduate archival skills training (PAST)

The ability to use archives and original documents is a key aspect of academic research across a number of disciplines, but can seem like a daunting and time-consuming task.

We have developed a programme of postgraduate archival skills training (PAST) to help you get started in the archives and gain the skills and knowledge needed to take your research further.

All sessions are delivered by our records specialists and are based on working with original documents from our collections.

Email us for more information. If you'd like to receive information about upcoming PAST sessions through our research newsletter, email

Introduction to archival research days

How to get started in the archives, find original documents for your research, and make the most of your time on site. Aimed at third year undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Records workshops

Detailed research guidance on key document collections held here. Aimed at PhD students, postdocs, and early career researchers. Open to professionals from the archive, heritage and research sectors.

Skills and methodology workshops

The essential skills needed to use the archives and records in their field. Aimed at taught postgraduate and PhD students, although other researchers are welcome to attend.