We are looking for someone with a lively enquiring mind who also wants to be actively involved making a traditional handcrafted material as a long term career. Initially this is a traineeship/apprenticeship. As well as learning the essential skills and elements of parchment making (Some of which is hard physical work), you will also be [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Vellum as is undergoing an extraordinary renaissance as a covering for furniture. Read all about it in this enlightening article.
A short clip from the programme can be viewed via a link in this news item.
Feedback from our demonstration day – Sun 25 August.
William Cowley are delighted to announce our involvement in ‘Magna Carta 800′, the celebrations marking 800 years of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215.