See How the Parchment for Magna Carta Was Made

Wed, 14 August 2013

On Sunday 25th August, visitors to St Albans Cathedral will get a rare insight into how the parchment for historic documents like Magna Carta is made. As part of the city's Magna Carta celebrations, Paul Wright from the UK's only parchment producer, William Cowley, will be at the Cathedral demonstrating the ancient skills involved.

Unique Chance to See How the Parchment for Magna Carta Was Made

A great many of the country's national historic and royal documents are written or printed on parchment, with the Magna Carta being one of the most famous. William Cowley has been producing hand-crafted, parchment and vellum since 1870, using time-honoured methods largely unchanged for centuries.

Paul Wright of William Cowley said, "This is indeed a rare opportunity as I am seldom able to invite visitors into the working area. Even less frequently do we venture out! I look forward to meeting you on the 25th if you can attend."

FREE demonstrations take place at the Cathedral on Sunday 25th August at 1.00pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.00pm.

The Magna Carta Exhibition closes to the public on Thursday August 29th. Due to the huge response, additional late night openings are now available from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday 21st, Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th August. Tickets are available from the Cathedral Book Shop on the day or from

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