Perth medieval document restored to former glory

The Perth Medieval Charter that granted Perth Royal Burgh status in 1210 has now been restored so it can be shown in Perth's 800 celebrations next year.

It will be displayed in Perth Museum and Art Gallery and it is hoped that the restoration will ensure future generations can appreciate this important historic document.

The National Archive took about a month to restore the document, including the seal and breaks in the parchment.

The Charter was probably made from the skin of sheep or goats. Pots of ink would have been used for the dip-pens. The most commonly used inks were black and red in medieval times. Of course these days we have black, magenta, yellow and cyan but this was the medieval equivalent of modern day laser toner printing!