People and writing

Uncover the relationship between people and writing.
Calligraphy by el Seed

Connecting cultures with 'calligraffiti'

The 'calligraffiti' artist eL Seed uses Arabic script and Arabic calligraphy to make connections between cultures.

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A diary entry with writing that goes down the page vertically

Note-takers: our obsession with facts, figures and lists

Article by:
Ewan Clayton

Are you a methodical note-taker or do you cut corners? Find out how key figures in history have recorded their findings and experiences, and the shortcuts to note-taking that have emerged.

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Typeface designs for the letters E and F

A short history of calligraphy and typography

Article by:
Ewan Clayton

Explore how the design of letterforms has evolved over time and across the world.

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A child's handwriting

Why handwriting is still essential in the keyboard age

Article by:
Angela Webb

From using a fountain pen to depending solely on electronic tools, Angela Webb examines the case for continuing to write by hand and asks where society will take handwriting in the future.

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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.