On Making Wax Seals; Or, Why Instructions Matter

Filed under: Messing about in the lab — Hollie Morgan at 2:38 pm on Monday, October 31, 2016  Tagged , , , , ,

A few weeks ago, members of the Imprint team donned white coats and headed for a laboratory to experiment with making sealing wax and applying seals to documents. The aim was to discover more about the material we are investigating, the physical process of sealing, and how and when prints on medieval seals were created, […]

Westminster Abbey and the case of the lonely seal bag

Filed under: Adventures in archives,Interesting Items,Other objects — Hollie Morgan at 12:21 pm on Monday, October 17, 2016
Seal and seal bag reunited!

Our last archive trip was to Westminster Abbey, where we spent four weeks squirrelled away in the muniments room: a mysterious space built on top of the cloisters, overlooking Poets’ Corner and within earshot of everything happening in the church below. We began to tell the time by the hourly prayers and knew it was […]