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William Cowley and Heritage Crafts Celebrate Wim Visscher MBE

I am very happy to report that Wim has been awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours. This award is in recognition of his commitment to the ancient craft of parchment and Vellum making, a skill now considered “critically endangered’ by the Radcliffe Red List. Having succeeded his father (who had succeeded HIS father, who had succeeded HIS father, who had succeeded HIS father), Wim has steadfastly kept the skills of parchment...

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House of Lords Over-Turn the vote.

Despite the House of Commons unanimously voting to continue with the use of vellum, a small committee from the House of Lords have refused to give way. This committee, headed by Sir Paul Beresford, totalled 7 people. During their discussion 5 voted to stop using vellum, 2 voted to continue. A majority of 3. Lets think about that. A majority of 3 The combined electorate represented by the MP’s that voted to continue with the use of vellum...

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Printing Acts of Parliament. Vellum wins the day!!

It is with great pleasure that I report, following a lengthy debate in the House of Commons, MP’s have voted overwhelmingly to continue to record Acts on vellum. This decision has secured the availability of ‘original documents’ for those generations that follow. I would like to thank all of those that rallied to the cry, in particular Patricia Lovett MBE, James Grey MP, Sharon Hodges MP, Mark Lancaster MP, Rt Hon Matthew...

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House of Commons to vote on recording upon vellum

It would seem that the significance of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta was not sufficient to convey the true value of this most ancient of materials. When the House of Commons vote they will decide whether ‘recorded history’ will be accessible to those who follow many generations into the future. I am told that the rationale is ‘cost saving’. To that end I have calculated the cost of Magna Carta at todays prices. It...

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William Cowley play host to BBC TV’s ‘The One Show’

We were delighted to welcome a team from the BBC to record footage to be used in an article regarding the Magna Carta. The piece culminates in Melvyn Bragg being presented with a parchment document. Sadly, he didn’t get to reveal it ‘live’….an absolute shame. Maybe he’ll reveal the script one day! Please follow the link to view the...

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