Fantastic news for the continuation of heritage and tradition, and for William Cowley, the last vellum makers in the country, that British acts of parliament will continue to be printed on vellum after the Cabinet Office agreed to pick up the cost. The House of Lords had argued that using archival quality paper would save £80,000 – surely that’s a drop in the ocean compared to their and MPs expenses! And from a preservation point of view, conservators will tell you that parchment and vellum have a much greater chance of survival than paper, even archival quality paper. Abandoning the use of vellum was raised in parliament back in 1999 but thrown out. Let’s hope the battle has been won for once and all and won’t be resurrected in another 15 or so years time…..
Great to see Sophie Clapp, the Boots archivist, featuring on this BBC2 programme and such a natural in front of the camera! The concept of the series is that a family give up all their modern technology and live life as if in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and so on, where they find, of course, that their lives – and roles – would have been very different. Sophie talked about the revolution in makeup and how it started to become a necessity, rather than a luxury, for women.
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