Brass Rubbing
is a unique, historical, educational and fun activity for children and adults alike. Memorial brasses are tombstones that were engraved in brass plates and laid into stone. Dating from the 12th Century, they are found in many English cathedrals and churches, and a few on the European mainland. The brasses commemorate the lives of many people, including royalty, the military, the clergy, merchants, and knights. The brasses are a kind of living history that enable us today to accurately depict how people lived, dressed and fought in the Middle Ages. Many of the approximately 4,000 brasses that remain have been severely damaged through the centuries, and thus only a very small number are suitable for rubbing. In order to preserve the priceless originals, brass rubbings are today done on replicas.