Family, Kin and Community: Reconstitution Techniques for Local Historians
This course offers practical guidance on how family and community reconstitution techniques that were first developed by demographic and social historians can be used to advantage by local historians. Delegates will learn about the different sources available for undertaking family reconstitution and how to make use of them. Using practical case studies, the workshop will explore how to combine evidence from sources such as nineteenth-century decennial censuses, parish records and wills. It will also investigate the value of some eighteenth-century documents, as well as Duties on Land returns from the early twentieth century. By the end of the weekend delegates will have gained an understanding of reconstitution techniques that will enable them to enhance their own research into how families, kinship groups and communities functioned and changed over time.
Saturday 23 November 2019
10.00am Introduction to the course
10.30am The significance of reconstitution for local and family
Dr Kate Tiller
10.45am Reconstitution: purposes and sources
11.15am Coffee / tea
11.45am Workshop 1: Reconstituting families (part 1)
2.00pm Workshop 1: Reconstituting families (part 2)
2.45pm Urban Case Studies
Fisher Row, Oxford: Reconstitution in action – Dr Kate Tiller
St Martins-in-the-Fields: A London study
3.30pm Tea / Coffee
4.00pm Workshop 2: Linking families
5.30pm Reconstitution: dealing with issues
Sunday 24 November 2019
8.15am Breakfast (residents only)
9.30am Reconstitution as a method for understanding communities
10.30am Coffee / Tea
11.00am Workshop 3: Reconstituting a community
2.00pm Reconstitution: potential and achievements
3.00pm Course conclusions
3.30pm Course disperses
Wrightson K. and Levine, D., Poverty and Piety in an English Village, Terling 1525-1700 (Oxford, 1995 edn.).
Reay, B., Microhistories: Demography, Society and Culture in Rural England, 1800-1930 (Cambridge, 1996).
Prior, M, Fisher Row, Fishermen, Bargemen and Canal Boatmen in Oxford, 1500-1900 (OUP, 1981; Philimore reprint, 2011)
Accommodation for this weekend is at Rewley House for Saturday night only.
Depending on availability it may also be possible to extend your stay, please enquire at the time of booking for availability and prices.
All bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.
Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £133.00
Baguette Saturday: £5.00
Baguette Sunday: £5.00
Dinner Saturday evening: £21.00
Full Hot Lunch Saturday (3 courses): £15.00
Full Hot Lunch Sunday (3 courses): £15.00
Single B&B Saturday night: £82.00
Twim Room (2 sharing) B&B Saturday night: £116.00
If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.
If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.
Gary Crossley completed his doctoral degree at the University of Oxford in 2018. His research focused on how kinship patterns influenced the way Cornish society functioned from the end of the Early Modern period to the beginning of the twentieth century. This involved undertaking extensive family reconstitution for a number of communities. Prior to that he undertook a Masters in Local History at Oxford, and has a particular interest in agricultural and social history.
Kate Tiller, MA, PhD, FSA, FRHistS; Reader Emerita in English Local History, University of Oxford; Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford.
Director of StudiesDepartmental Lecturer in Local and Social History at the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education and a Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford
Terms and conditions
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Sources of funding
Information on financial support
Places will be strictly limited to 12 students and early application is advised.