Parchment, Vellum, Conservation, Restoration, Repair
Parchment, Vellum, Conservation, Restoration, Repair

Parchment or vellum has been extensively used for books and archival documents, be they printed or handwritten, and is used still.  It requires very specific handling and treatment.

Vellum is calf skin and parchment is sheep or goat skin but now the words are often used interchangeably.

Parchment Conservation

Vellum Conservation

Parchment, Vellum, Conservation, Restoration, Repair
Parchment, Vellum, Conservation, Restoration, Repair

Conservation Gallery

Lara Meredith

Parchment, Vellum, Conservation, Restoration, Repair

Book Conservation      Archive Conservation

 
 
Parchment, Vellum, Conservation, Restoration, Repair
Parchment, Vellum, Manuscript, Book, 13th century
Parchment, Vellum, Manuscript, Book, 13th century
Parchment, Vellum, Manuscript, Book, 13th century
Parchment, Vellum, Manuscript, Book, 13th century
Parchment, Vellum, Manuscript, Book, 13th century

Late 13th Century Parchment Manuscript

Parchment, Vellum, Conservation, Restoration, Repair
Parchment, Vellum, Conservation, Restoration, Repair, Charter, Deed, Seals, Wax, Livery Company, Leathersellers
Parchment, Vellum, Conservation, Restoration, Repair, Charter, Deed, Livery Company, Leathersellers
Parchment, Vellum, Conservation, Restoration, Repair, Charter, Deed, Livery Company, Leathersellers
Parchment, Vellum, Conservation, Restoration, Repair, Charter, Deed, Livery Company, Leathersellers
Parchment, Vellum, Conservation, Restoration, Repair, Charter, Deed, Livery Company, Leathersellers
Parchment, Vellum, Conservation, Restoration, Repair, Charter, Deed, Livery Company, Leathersellers
Parchment, Vellum, Conservation, Restoration, Repair, Charter, Deed, Livery Company, Leathersellers
Parchment, Vellum, Conservation, Restoration, Repair

1656 Parchment Manuscript Will

Written in Iron Gall Ink

Parchment Deed with Wax Seals, 1476

Before Conservation

After Conservation

Before Conservation

After Conservation

Before Conservation

After Conservation

  1.   Very tightly rolled

  2.   Very dirty

  3.   Numerous tears and fold along edges

  1.   Cleaned

  2.   Flattened

  3.   Repaired

  1.   Bespoke box made (lid not shown)

  1.   Heavy parchment repair patch

  2.   Inflexible with “hard” edges

  3.   Excess animal adhesive

  1.   Parchment repair patch removed

  2.   Damage revealed

  3.   Excess animal adhesive

  1.   Excess animal adhesive reduced

  1.   Small and flexible repair made on recto and verso

  1.   Folded numerous times

  2.   Very dirty

  3.   Very weak

  4.   Mouldy

  5.   Tears and holes

  1.   Cleaned

  2.   Flattened

  3.   Repaired

  4.   Mounted for exhibition