Tuesday 29 June | 18:00-19:00 | Online

Iron gall ink has been used since Classical times, and due to its long-lasting durability it became the most common ink during the medieval period. This introductory talk will cover the history of iron gall ink and then discuss the natural ingredients used in the process, including the lifecycle of the gall wasp. It will be followed by a short demo showing how to make ink.

Sara Charles is a medieval book historian, with a particular focus on manuscript-making techniques. She is currently a PhD student at the IES and is Managing Editor of Historical Research and Journals Manager for University of London Press.