Category Archives: Paper history

An Impressive Italian Library!

I’ve been sorting through my summer holiday photos of our fantastic trip to Italy, and I thought I’d share with you my pictures of the magnificent illuminated manuscripts which once belonged to Pope Enea Silvio Piccolomini. The manuscripts, (or MSS), are housed … Continue reading

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What do the Queen, goats and local elections have in common?

Well apparently, the Queen’s annual speech delivered today which sets out the priorities for Parliament for the coming year is traditionally written on goat skin parchment. However, due to cutbacks, the speech is now written on goatskin parchment paper. Paper … Continue reading

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Lindisfarne Gospels; a brief introduction

For those reading this blog who are based in the North East and planning to visit the Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham shortly, you may be interested in this British Library brief explanation of the illuminated manuscript which I’ve just found … Continue reading

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‘Paper, An Elegy’ by Ian Sansom

There is a very nice book available which I would recommend to anyone interested in paper, its diversity and fascinating history, (honest)! ‘Paper: An Elegy’ by Ian Sansom, (2012) provides a very comprehensive overview of the subject with a wealth of interesting facts. … Continue reading

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Watercolour Painting in the 19th century

North-east Fine Art dealers, John Nicholson and Dunelm Fine Art, recently invited me to submit an article for their new website. As they have a particularly good collection of watercolour paintings, (in particular, many of the Northumberland coast), I decided that my article … Continue reading

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Victorian wallpaper discovered in old York building

During a recent trip to York, I couldn’t resist popping into ‘Duttons for Buttons’, a tiny haberdashery shop which has been there for many years and which I remember passing regularly as a small child. I was delighted to find … Continue reading

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Let’s go fly a kite…

I made this paper kite for my husband as a joke present for our first (paper) wedding anniversary recently. Here’s a photo of me having a shot at flying it today, on a beautiful, hot, sunny Saturday in Seaton Sluice, (how rarely … Continue reading

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