Introduction to researching house history ADED11431

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Researching the history of your own house can be interesting and rewarding. This course will show you how, using land, property, valuation and voters' records, maps, newspapers and other sources. Each week you can share your findings and be guided through your next steps. A well-established house history could be valuable if you are marketing your property. Includes online archival research.


Block 3 

2 hours per week for 5 weeks (weeks 6-10)

Thursdays 18.00-20.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ Provide students with the knowledge of how to research and present a house history

■ Help students discuss how to locate and understand relevant sources and resources such as land and property records

■ Support individual students with their own projects

■ Host a guided visit to a relevant archive online

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify and use a wide variety of sources and resources relevant to researching house history

■ Understand the historical development of their neighbourhood or town

■ Appreciate what local archives hold and how to access and use these resources

■ Understand how to write and present an attractive house history

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

N/A as a non credit-bearing course