Handwriting: Then and Now


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From carving on stone to putting pen to paper

From carving on stone to putting pen to paper, much of writing is delivered by hand. Ewan Clayton, external adviser of the Writing: Making Your Mark exhibition, takes a historical look at handwriting styles, tools and materials using handwritten items from the British Library collection. He is joined by Angela Webb, psychologist and former chair of the National Handwriting Association, who presents evidence on how we use handwriting in our daily lives and the impact it has on learning. She also explores the future of handwriting in an increasingly digital world.

Ewan Clayton is a calligrapher, author and Professor in Design at the University of Sunderland. His book on the history of writing, The Golden Thread, was issued by Atlantic in 2013 and has been translated into a number of languages. As well as external advisor to Writing: Making Your Mark, he is also editor and contributing author to the exhibition's accompanying book.

Angela Webb is a psychologist and former chair of the National Handwriting Association. She specialises in the cognitive and academic needs of children with developmental disorders, particularly those with poor motor coordination. This has led to her interest in children with handwriting difficulties. Until recently, she also lectured part-time at UCL’s Institute of Education where her research focus was the link between handwriting competence and written composition quality.


Name: Handwriting: Then and Now
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £12.00
Member: £12.00
Senior 60+: £10.00
Student: £8.00
Registered Unemployed: £8.00
Under 18: £8.00
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