Textbook Unit 1: Techniques
|In this unit, we will look at the techniques used in historical research, and ones which will be required on this course. You will be doing coursework, and essays, which have specific methods attached to them. Your instructor may used this chapter at different times around the course, instead of doing them all in one go.|
|1.2.1. Source Work|
This is an extremely important
part of our course. A part of the exam and a piece of coursework centres
around the ability to analyse a source. This is very much like comprehension
in English, there is technically no right or wrong answer, however much the
marker thinks there is! You must be able to explain why you have given an
answer, referring to and analysing evidence from the sources.
We have prepared a few bullet points which should help you run through a source and evidence question:
|1.2.2. Source Work - Questions|
Source A: John
“The whole town of Leicester at this time is built of wood; and so is Loughborough. The town of Loughborough is in size and good building next to Leicester of all the market towns in the county, and has in it four fair streets or more well paved. The parish church is fair. There are no other churches or chapels in the town. At the south east end of the church is a house of timber where once King Henry VII did lie. The great stream of the Soar liver lay on the left of the town within less than a quarter of a mile of it.”
Source B: William Burton, 1622
|Source C: Map of Medieval Loughborough Town Centre|
|Source D: 1888 Map of Loughborough Town Centre|
Study sources A and B, and
answer the following questions:
Study sources C & D (the
maps). You should attempt question a, and then do either
b or c.
Now do either:
|1.3.1. Note Making|
When making notes, it is important to use the following procedure:
If you do this process on a computer, it is much easier, as you will not have to copy out the notes into a final copy. You can just insert or delete notes as you go.
If you need to learn the notes, you should then write a hand written, abbreviated version with just key words and dates, etc.
|1.3.2. Note Making Exercise|
Make notes on the following article. You
should do these on a computer so that they can be sent to your tutor, who
can then check your technique.
In the 1860s, many cities were building follies in their centres. The citizens of Leicester didn't want to be left out, so a commitee was formed to organise this. It was decided to build a Clock Tower, and a competition was held. Of over 100 designs submitted to the commitee, the winner was from a local firm, H. Goddard and Son.
In 1868, the tower was built. It cost £1000, and was built in just 3 months, by Samuel Barfield and a group of stone masons, out of Ketton Limestone and Pink Mountsorrel Granite.
The original clock was made in Croyden, by Gillet and Bland, and cost £200. It lasted until the 1960s, when it was removed to the Newarke Houses Museum, to be replaced by a modern electrical system.
The spiral moulding around the shaft covers the edges of the internal steps. It was quite difficult to get the steps into such a small, square shaft. Therefore, the internal steps are often a weird shape.
In the early 1900s, the tower became a connection point for the wires for the Trams of Leicester. The original lines were built in 1874, but the horsedrawn tram system was only replaced by electric in 1904. The clocktower was at the centre of the most complex tram junction in England. The last trams ran on Christmas Eve 1949. Although the wires were removed, some of the iron connecters are still in the stonework.
Until recently, it was difficult to get to the tower, as it was in the middle of a major route for busses through Leicester, but in 1999, Humberstone gate was pedestrianised and it is now possible to get to the tower in relative safety.