Parliament in London has written its laws down on vellum parchment since it was first summoned in 1264. But that is all set to end on April 1, when it switches to parchment paper.
What’s the difference? Vellum, made from calf-skin, will last thousands of years, without any special treatment. It’s also waterproof. Parchment paper will only last perhaps 250 years, if kept under optimum conditions.
The change is being introduced as a cost-cutting measure.
Sarah Hodgson is one of several MPs fighting the change. She’s seen and handled laws, ancient and modern, herself.