Prince Albert Society Summer Workshop 2019: Sources and Skills for Researching German-British History

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August 26, 2019 to August 27, 2019
Subject Fields: 
British History / Studies, German History / Studies, Graduate Studies

This bicentenary year of the birth of Prince Albert represents a major opportunity both to celebrate and examine the life and legacy of Coburg and Gotha’s most famous son, one of the most important German-British figures of the nineteenth century.  To support future generations of scholars of German-British history, the Prince Albert Society is holding a workshop to explore sources and skills for research in Germany and Britain.


The Prince Albert Summer Workshop will take place in Coburg during the week commemorating the 200th anniversary of Prince Albert’s birth and fits around the programme of the public conference organised by the Prince Albert Society in collaboration with the city of Coburg.


The workshop is an opportunity for students who are beginning advanced study in history to develop their research skills.  It will focus on the use of archives and primary sources, and will guide students through a mini research project in German-British history, a project which encapsulates Albert’s transnational legacy.   The workshop will be a collaborative and constructive forum for discussion, and for practising all the techniques within the workshop. 


The workshop will:

  • introduce participants to the archival landscape in both Britain and Germany;
  • raise theoretical concepts which underpin the organisation of archives and which can help the historical researcher make effective use of them;
  • link theory to practice in the form of the mini-project;
  • allow students to develop their new skills in a practical context;
  • give students ‘hands-on’ experience of using a variety of finding aids and source material of different kinds;
  • develop source handling and palaeographic skills;
  • offer a look behind the scenes at the State Archive in Coburg;
  • be partly in English and partly in German.


The leaders of the workshop are historian Dr Oliver Walton from the Royal Archives in Windsor, who has studied and taught in both British and German universities, and by Horst Gehringer, Director of the City Archive in Bamberg.


Participants are also invited to attend the Prince Albert Society Conference, which begins on the evening of 26 August and finishes on 30 August. The conference will discuss the lives and legacy of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and will give students the chance to hear presentations, as well as meet both British and German academics. Workshop participants will be invited to the conference dinner on 31 August.


The workshop benefits from the generous support of the Prince Albert Society and its sponsors, including the city of Coburg and Coburg State Archives, The Art Collections of the Veste, and the State Library in Coburg.



As a result the Society will subsidise the workshop, and this will cover:

  • the workshop itself;
  • accommodation for three nights;
  • the Society’s main conference and associated events
  • the evening reception on 26 August, which opens the main conference.


The Society is unable to pay for:

  • travel expenses;
  • any other nights of accommodation (though we can book accommodation for extra nights); or
  • any meals or sundry expenses.


There are 8 places available, which will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  Applications should reach the society ( by email by 10 August 2019. Please state:

  • your area of interest (period and topic);
  • your university, degree programme and semester of study;
  • the nights for which you require accommodation;
  • whether you wish to attend the conference dinner on 29 August.
Contact Info: 

Oliver Walton