This is the time of year when we are asked to review our CPD. This last year I have concentrated on some of my specialist areas of interest, namely archaeology and family history. I take several archaeology magazines. In February this year I attended Current Archaeology’s Archaeology Live at the British Museum. It was an absolutely fascinating weekend. I am frequently reminded of the links between archaeology and heritage and my original subject of study, Geography. I have just finished the second module of a Post Graduate Certificate in Family and Local History. It has been quite a gruelling schedule but very rewarding. I wanted to do this course because I teach Family History at a local college. The first module was on skills and sources and the second module was on palaeography. It has been an experience writing academic essays and reports again after so many years. It has also been fascinating to decipher sixteenth and seventh century texts, noting how the language has changed and working out what some of the old words mean. Looking at old legal cases has also been interesting. As a former interviewer it was interesting to read the depositions of witnesses and the accused, reconstructing the interview and being annoyed that certain questions were not asked.


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