Curator favourites

Discover what our curators selected as their favourite collection items relating to writing.
The Double Pigeon Chinese typewriter

The Double Pigeon Chinese typewriter

Article by:
Emma Harrison

The advent of typewriters revolutionised homes and offices the world over, and China was no exception. Learn about an iconic Chinese typewriter, popular in the days before word processors and computers.

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Canterbury Tales

William Caxton's first printing of The Canterbury Tales

Article by:
Adrian S Edwards

Find out why William Caxton’s first printing of The Canterbury Tales is so significant to the history of writing.

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Homework on a wax tablet

A 2,000-year-old homework book

Article by:
Peter Toth

Discover what a child's homework book from the 2nd century CE tells us about the history of writing.

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Letter from Mosul

Deciphering identity in a 19th-century letter from Mosul

Article by:
Dr Michael Erdman

Curator Michael Erdman explains what a letter from a 19th-century book merchant in Mosul, Iraq can tell us about the relationship between writing system and identity.

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Further themes

Curator favourites

Discover what our curators selected as their favourite collection items relating to writing.

People and writing

Uncover the relationship between people and writing.

The art and design of writing

Fascinated by calligraphy, typography and the materials we use to write? Read on...

The future of writing

Fast-forwarding to the future, will writing still be relevant as technology advances?

The origins of writing

Travel back in time to learn about where writing came from and how it has evolved.