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Research & Collections Programme

Growing research through the convening power of Cambridge’s collections

Paper is the main tool of communication in fifteenth-century England. The Paston family’s letters and network of acquaintances show that paper had made the transition from being a technological novelty to becoming a familiar tool, an essential instrument in everyday life. In this talk, Orietta Da Rold discusses how paper established itself as a commodity in epistolary culture and the stories paper can tell about medieval society and modes of communication. 

This is a hybrid event, with a small in-person audience at The Archive Centre, Norwich, and an online audience. You can book a place for the in-person audience here

Supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, Paston Footprints is a collaboration between the University of East Anglia, the Paston Heritage Society and Norfolk Record Office.


Wednesday, 8 September, 2021 - 13:00 to 16:00
Event location: 
The Archive Centre, Norfolk Record Office, and Online