Sunday 29 May 2011

But is he qualified?

I learn from the latest very welcome newsletter of The College of Arms that the University of Dundee is offering a distance learning course in heraldry.

"Heraldry Course at University of Dundee: Clive Cheesman and Peter O’Donoghue, Rouge Dragon and Bluemantle respectively, are the joint authors and tutors of a course covering the history, terminology and practice of heraldry. This course provides a detailed and thorough study of the subject for both beginners, and those with experience of heraldry alike. The heraldry module is a 13-week distance learning module delivered online in a fully supported learning environment. It can be taken on its own, simply as a leisure interest. It can also be taken for continuing professional development, as part of a Postgraduate Certificate in Family and Local History, or as part of the University of Dundee's Masters degree in Archives and Records Management. More information can be found on the Centre for Archives and Information Studies website or by e-mailing"

Courses of this nature can't be a bad thing however I can't help but think that once universities get involved we are only one step away from the view often nowadays held by academics that unless one has a recognised qualification in a particular subject one can't possibly know anything about it.

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Heraldic Study Day - Thursday 6th October 2011

The Lancashire Family History and Heraldic Society has once again organised an heraldic study day and yours trully has been invited to contribute.

Heraldic Study Day - Thursday 6th October 2011

The poster and the booking form can be downloaded here:  


Thursday, 6th October 2011.

10.00.a.m. to 4.00.p.m.

at Hemsley House Masonic Hall
The Crescent, Salford M5 4PE

opposite Salford University and Art Gallery
and a 10 minute walk from Salford Crescent Railway Station.
Speakers and topics:

Martin Goldstraw : ‘Send 2/6d. for your family crest : a case for the defence.’
(The 19th century work book of an Heraldic Stationer recently discovered in the archives of Shropshire Museum)

James Floyd: ‘Scottish Banking Heraldry’

John Titterton: ‘The Grisaille and heraldic windows in the chancel at Norbury,
 St. Mary and St. Barlok,  Derbyshire c1300..’

Bill Pollock: ‘A look at some modern heraldry 1970 – 2011.’

College of Arms Newsletter April 2024

 The latest College of Arms Newsletter for April 2024 is now online .

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