Reading old documents

Our range of online tutorials on Latin and palaeography will help you to read documents from the medieval period and beyond, through practical activities and useful examples.

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learn medieval latin - stage 1

Discover how to read medieval Latin with our interactive guide.

learn medieval latin - stage 2

Use our step-by-step tutorial to take your medieval Latin to a more advanced level with activities using documents held at The National Archives.


Learn how to read and transcribe old handwriting using documents dated from 1500 to 1800.

latin palaeography

Learn how to read the handwriting found in documents written in Latin between 1086 and 1500 with our set of interactive lessons.

currency converter

Use our online currency converter to find out how old prices compare with new.

roman numerals

Learn how to read Roman numerals with our quick guide.