Royal Archives letter folders



Royal Archives letter folders (Victorian Folder) with Philippa Räder

Friday 1 November – Sunday 3 November (3 days)

Course Cost: $375

The heart of the Royal Archives in Windsor Castle is the Muniment Room, the upper part of the medieval great hall. It contains (amongst other material) personal correspondence to Queen Victoria from her prime ministers and officials. Letters were contemporaneously set into letter books but as these hindered retrieval of individual papers, the contents were early on cut out and the bindings repurposed into peculiar three-flap folders to maintain the look of ‘proper’ books on the shelf. Philippa has carried out extensive conservation-restoration of these bindings and researched the construction of later copies but not yet seen anything similar elsewhere. This workshop will explain their history and teach how to recreate one of these surprisingly elegant and functional, half leather folders to safely store your documents in high Victorian style.

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