Why Write?


For thousands of years human beings have used marks, symbols, drawings and signs to communicate with one another. In order to share knowledge, we need to be able to store information and pass it on to future generations. Memory is our first resource, but, over the centuries, we have developed many other ways to store and transmit information.


There are many different ways of writing. These pages will allow you to explore how writing can incorporate sight, sound, touch and gesture. You will also see the ways in which cultural, social, historical and personal circumstances influence the way we write and the scripts we create.