800-year-old parchment underwent painstaking tests after Salisbury hammer attack

In the corner of a small, plain room near Salisbury Cathedral – the precise spot must remain a secret for security reasons – conservation expert Chris Woods and archivist Emily Naish are hunched over one of the world’s most precious documents.

Three months after Salisbury’s Magna Carta was the focus of a hammer attack, Woods and Naish are minutely checking the 800-year-old parchment for damage before it is put back on public display on Monday.

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