The Several Seals of Bella Hella

Filed under: Adventures in archives,Interesting Items,women — Hollie Morgan at 12:15 pm on Wednesday, March 8, 2017  Tagged , , , , ,

Today is International Women’s Day, and Imprint thought this would be a good time to tell you the story of a shrewd medieval businesswoman, from her first steps as an adult in her teens to holding an established position in her community. In 1965 Francis Hill, writing on Medieval Lincoln, used some of the Dean […]

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, […]

The Small Matter of the Hereford Jury Seals

Filed under: Adventures in archives — foakes at 12:15 pm on Thursday, August 25, 2016  Tagged , , , ,

Hereford Cathedral Archives (HCA): No. 649 Of all the documents the team examined at Hereford Cathedral Archives, probably the most interesting personally were also the most unassuming. Hereford possesses a small set of jury verdicts dating from the early 14th century. These are pretty much as they sound, a written record of a jury’s verdict, […]

Charters and seals and blogs, oh my!

Filed under: Introduction — Hollie Morgan at 11:31 am on Tuesday, August 2, 2016  Tagged , ,

Welcome to the Imprint Project blog! We have been running around all over the place (National Library of Wales, Hereford Cathedral Archives and Exeter Cathedral Archives) and we are soon to move on to Westminster Abbey. We’ve looked at hundreds of seals, imaged hundreds of prints and also had the chance to use our Crime-Lite […]