North Craven 
 Heritage Trust 
Unfortunately the list of weekday outings printed in the 2003 programme was incomplete. The complete list is printed in the Journal, but is reproduced here in case it might otherwise get overlooked.

Tuesday 24th June: The Cup and Ring Stones on Rombalds Moor - a walk led by Peter Smailes. Meet at the Car Park opposite the Cow and Calf Hotel above Ilkley (SE 134 465) at 2 pm.. Enquiries to 0113 284 2457.

Wednesday 16th July: David Johnson Annual Field Day. Meet at Ashfield Car Park, Settle (SD 819 636) at 9 am or Kirkby Stephen Market Place, outside the church (NY 774 086) at 10.15am. Enquiries to 01729 822915.

Wednesday 3rd September: Full day walk in Nidderdale with Alan and Dorothy Hemsworth.

Meet at the Municipal Car Park in Pateley Bridge (SE 159 656) at 10.30 am. Enquiries to 01729 823902.


Department of History
Postgraduate Diploma in Local & Regional History
Part-time courses starting October 2003

These part-time courses offer students the opportunity to acquire a thorough grounding in the techniques of local and regional history, focusing on the history of north-west England (which is taken to include the North Craven area). Students who pass the Postgraduate Diploma with merit may 'cash in' that award and use it as credit towards the MA Applications are invited now for places on both courses starting in October 2003.

Postgraduate Diploma

This scheme of part-time study over 24 months offers a route into local and regional history for students without a first degree in History or an allied discipline. It is suitable both for people with a personal interest in the history of their locality and for those with some professional involvement in the subject, such as teachers, librarians, or those involved in heritage, conservation or tourism. The syllabus provides an introduction to the skills necessary to carry out serious research at local or regional level, as well as introducing some of the wider concepts involved in studying local and regional history. Four taught modules over two years introduce the local history of rural communities in the Tudor and Stuart periods; the social and economic history of the North West in the 19th century; and archive and other primary sources for local and regional history from the 16th to 20th centuries. Students also research and write a short research project (c.6,000 words) on a topic chosen in consultation with their supervisor.

Students achieving a pass with merit may use the credit obtained in the Diploma as a route towards the MA in Local and Regional History.

Masters Degree

The MA is for students who already have some background in History or an allied subject. Those with previous experience of the study of History at University level take six taught modules plus the dissertation over two years' part-time study; students who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Local and Regional History with the award of a pass with merit may convert this into the MA by taking two additional taught modules and the dissertation over one year's part-time study.

The four modules of the Postgraduate Diploma scheme are also available to MA students. Additional options include: metheval sources and palaeography; the study of landscape as an historical source; computing and historical research; an introduction to historical archives; approaches to social history; and an introduction to metheval Latin. In addition, students research and write a 20,000-word dissertation on a local historical topic of their choice, using original primary sources.

Course Directors: Dr Angus Winchester (a.winchester@lancaster.ac.uk) and
Dr Michael Winstanley (m. winstanley@lancaster.ac.uk)


The fees for the academic year 2003-04 will be 735 for students registering for the Postgraduate Diploma and 1,470 for students registered for the MA Students registered for the MA and who wish to write a dissertation on the North Craven area will be eligible to apply for the North Craven Heritage Trust bursary, which covers a substantial part of the tuition fee in the final year of study.

Further details and application forms are available from:    Mrs. G. O'Neill, Postgraduate Secretary, Department of History, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4Yg Tel: 01524-592549; e-mail: g.o'neill@lancaster.ac.uk                                                     

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