Tools and Tutorials

Practical help for anyone who wishes to dig deeper for themselves into the history of their local area, or other aspects of the history of Cumbria. This section contains links to a number of websites (including those below) and pdf documents.


TNA Palaeography Tutorial. The National Archives offers an online tutorial to help you learn to read the handwriting found in documents written in English between 1500 and 1800.

English Handwriting 1500-1700: an online course [Cambridge English Renaissance Electronic Service]

Calendar matters

Regnal Dates Calculator

The date of Easter

Change to Gregorian calendar 1752 (11 lost days)

Saint's days

Old Currency

TNA Currency Converter