Appreciating the history

Pengersick Castle in Cornwall. Image: Alex Rivers

Last week, I got to see two of my friends married in a beautiful Cornish castle (pictured above – it got sunnier after I took this photo, annoyingly). It was an intimate wedding, and, after the ceremony, we also had a bit of a history lesson from one of the people who worked in conservation for the castle and its grounds. He allowed us to handle some five-hundred-year-old artefacts from a nearby shipwreck.

As a lover of all things historical, I was blown away at how well-preserved some the items were. Some of them were made from brass, others copper, and it got me thinking how metal has stood the test of time, and helped us transport and preserve all kinds of items throughout history.

In the March edition of the magazine, Imeta’s Roberto Baroni gives our readers a bit of a history lesson, with a focus on beer canning and its origins. This article, along with its accompanying QR code which takes you to a vintage can making video, will hopefully evoke further appreciation for the metal packaging industry.

Some can making equipment is still considered ‘vintage’ but again, this is a testament to how well processes were created in the first place. That’s not to say updates are not necessary and pivotal to continuous growth though, as the latest news from London can maker, William Say & Co, will prove. However, it’s great to see how the history of its 1900s machinery is still being honoured today. There’s a great magic in used and refurbished equipment, as readers will find out in the April edition of the magazine…

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