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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The Ephemera Society

I joined the Ephemera Society this last week. Lots of interesting events and a very informative website that I will look forward to browsing. Thank you to Anthony Smithson of Keel Row Books for alerting me to them.

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Old Newcastle paper mills

I recently came across this advertisement for a paper mill which previously stood on the corner of Little Blagdon Street, Newcastle upon Tyne: It’s easy to forget the sheer amount of paper mills there used to be all around us … Continue reading

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Transparent Paper Object

I’ve recently had a 19th century drawing on tracing paper come into the studio which is always a treat for me to see.  Some conservators would probably hold their head in their hands at that comment as transparent papers (or … Continue reading

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