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Deciphering Old Handwriting (intermediate)

  1. Date:
    26 April 2017
    London Metropolitan Archives
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    14:00 - 15:30
    £8 - booking essential
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    Event description:
    ​This practical session gives expert help in reading different types of handwriting from the 16th and 17th centuries. You will practise with copy documents from LMA's collections and get tips for deciphering early historical writing. Some experience of reading historical documents is required.
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