The Institute of English Studies partners with a wide range of higher education and cultural institutions across the UK and abroad to deliver essential skills training. Drawing on the expertise of its research faculty, the IES offers skills and training courses in its core subject strengths of book, print, and publishing history, and the digital humanities. We specialise in offering training for object-based research and prefer to teach from collections whenever possible. A typical day might include lectures, object sessions, detailed case studies, and research skills.

Skills and Training Courses

If you or your organisation are interested in running a training course with the Institute, in the first instance please contact the Institute Manager ( The Institute is able to provide one- or two-day training programmes. They can be tailored to your collections and delivered to your staff, postgraduate students, undergraduate students, or library/collection patrons.

Classes are normally capped at 12 participants to allow close examination of printed material and artefacts. We can provide training broadly in the following areas:

Training Topics

- Historical colour printing

-The medieval book

-Publishers’ archives

-The history of publishing

-The material history of the novel

-The history of printing processes

-Digital scholarly editing

-Historical print matrices/printing surfaces, e.g. woodblocks and copper plates

-History and techniques of book illustrations

-Descriptive bibliography




The Institute of English Studies offers training opportunities as part of its national remit to promote English Studies throughout the U.K. We therefore seek only to recover costs and a modest contribution to our teaching and administrative time. We operate under two fee models, though we are happy to work with institutions to develop a custom model:

Model One

The Institute of English Studies will provide printed material (including handbooks) and teaching. The host institution will book a suitable teaching room, arrange access to collections and suitable materials for discussion (if needed), organise catering, and handle participant registration. We ask the host institution to cover:

-Return, standard-class travel for one lecturer

-One night of accommodation for one lecturer*

-Suggested contribution of £250 (per teaching day)

* Depending on transport connections and the need for the lecturer to access materials before the training, two nights of accommodation might be required.

Model Two

The Institute of English Studies will provide printed material, handbooks, and teaching. It will register students through its online booking system and collect payment. Participants will be charged £100 (standard) / £75 (student) for a one-day course, or £180 (standard) / £135 (student) for a two-day course. The host institution will book a suitable teaching room, arrange access to collections and suitable materials for discussion (if needed), and organise catering. The Institute of English Studies will reimburse the host institution for the cost of catering, plus provide a negotiated split of any financial surplus.


Teaching Schedule

The suggested scheduled provides for a total of five contact teaching hours. It can be adjusted to fit the needs and arrangements of the course and the host institution.

Sample Schedule

10.00-11.00 Session 1

11.00-11.30 Tea/Coffee break

11.30-13.00 Session 2

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Session 3

15.00-15.30 Tea/Coffee break

15.30-17.00 Session 4