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HRH Prince William joins in the celebration

Posted by on June 13, 2018 in news | Comments Off

We were honored to be invited to the MK 50th Anniversary celebrations, which included a visit from HRH Prince William.HRH was in good spirits as we chatted about our involvement in his marriage to Kate and our subsequent crafting of vellum for the marriage of his younger brother Prince Harry. I’m very pleased to report [...]


Posted by on July 20, 2017 in news | Comments Off

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 [...]

William Cowley and Heritage Crafts Celebrate Wim Visscher MBE

Posted by on June 29, 2017 in news | Comments Off

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, [...]

House of Lords Over-Turn the vote.

Posted by on April 5, 2017 in news | Comments Off

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 [...]

Printing Acts of Parliament. Vellum wins the day!!

Posted by on April 21, 2016 in news | Comments Off

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, [...]

House of Commons to vote on recording upon vellum

Posted by on October 21, 2015 in news | Comments Off

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 [...]

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

Posted by on June 10, 2015 in news | Comments Off

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 [...]

William Cowley Furniture Covering – See “Vellum Clad Furniture” article from Financial Times

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in news | Comments Off

Vellum as is undergoing an extraordinary renaissance as a covering for furniture. Read all about it in this enlightening article.

BBC’s ‘Great British Railway Journeys’ with Michael Portillo visits William Cowley.

Posted by on January 15, 2014 in news | Comments Off

A short clip from the programme can be viewed via a link in this news item.

Magna Carta – Parchment Making Demonstration

Posted by on September 2, 2013 in news | Comments Off

Feedback from our demonstration day – Sun 25 August.