Conservation of the Court Rolls

The manor court records were written on rolled parchment made of animal skins from 1265 until 1644. Some of the rolls were in need of significant conservation having suffered damage such as brittleness, staining, discolouration, and fading of inks. The deteriorated condition of these rolls was due to the age of the parchments, previous storage conditions prior to moving to Doncaster Archives, and the handling of them over the centuries.

In 2018, West Yorkshire Archives Service (WYAS) was commissioned to conserve 60 of the court rolls. Shirley Jones from WYAS explains the process in the video below.

Conserving the Conisbrough Court Rolls