Part of the Life & Learning Programme at Hereford Cathedral.

The Records of Church Courts are an often overlooked source for social and personal history.

Drawing on examples from the speaker’s own research in the Consistory Court records of the Diocese of Worcester for the eighteenth century, this talk will outline the processes by which these courts executed their business, the scope of what they dealt with, and some suggestions as to how these records might be used by researchers.

Educated at the Universities of Oxford and Aberystwyth, Robin Whittaker is a professional archivist who spent his career at the Worcestershire Record Office, from which he retired in 2011 as Archives Manager and Diocesan Archivist. Since retirement one of his projects has been to examine the unsorted court papers of the Consistory Court of Worcester for the eighteenth century.

This talk costs £8 and is free to volunteers. Booking is essential via the Cathedral Library on 01432 374 225/6 or by emailing [email protected]