Introduction to researching house history

Key facts

  • Cost: £90
  • Credits: 0


Ever wondered ‘if these walls could speak’ what kind of story they would tell? Whether it’s your current home, a relative’s or where you grew up, you may be surprised by how much it is now possible to discover about how a building or place was constructed and inhabited over time. A well-established house history can be valuable if you are marketing your property, but it also brings its own rewards, the story of how your town or local community developed over time. 

Join this practical 5-week course to find out how to search the relevant archives and records to uncover your building’s own unique history.  

Over a series of talks, our expert tutor will explain: 

  • the relevant historical archives for researching house history, such as land, property, valuation and voters’ records, maps, newspapers and other sources 
  • What these local archives hold, how to access them (on-line or in-person) and how to approach searching them 
  • How to write and present an attractive house history  
  • How to share your findings and receive advice on next steps 

You will also have the chance to discuss and reflect on what you learn with other students and the tutor in seminars 

Choose this course if you want to learn: 

  • more about your building’s unique local history and occupants over time 
  • The main archival public records that can help us understand the complex history of a building and its occupants 

Who is this course for?

Anyone new to studying history and interested in: 

  • House history 
  • Personal family history or genealogy  
  • Local history and heritage 
  • Architecture, building and construction history 
  • History of local / municipal government, public records and archives 


None, this course does not offer any credits and is solely offered for interest in this topic and a love of learning.  

Mode of study

This 5-week course will be delivered online via 2-hour seminars led by a tutor over Zoom. 

Course materials will be provided via a shared OneDrive folder only accessible to participants 


  • Can begin your study of history at university level  
  • Can broaden and deepen my understanding of local history 
  • can inform your research of family history and local heritage  

Find out more

The University holds open days throughout the year where you can meet with staff to discuss our short course provision. Find out more about University of Glasgow open days