Parchment (or vellum) is a strong and resilient material that, when kept in stable climate conditions, will stand the time. Though it is flat and looks like paper, it is made of animal skin and has never lost its beastly character and requires a different approach to conservation than paper does.
Our conservation treatments include:
- humidification, relaxation reshaping of warped and cockled parchment documents
- tear in infill repairs of lacunae with suitable skin materials and refined animal glues
- paper and wax seal consolidations
- special mounting and framing solutions of parchment deeds.
A cold winter morning in the scriptorium
' The lamp gives a bad light.
' It is time for us to begin to do some work.
' Well this vellum is hairy.
' Well, I call this vellum thin.
' I feel quite dull today
' I don’t know what is wrong with me.
(A marginal jotting found in a 9th century copy of Cassiodorus from the monastry of Laon, where there was an Irish colony).