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Room Forty Two: The Handwriting Archive

How we have written over the years

While the Museum is keen to adopt 21st century communication technologies, there is a concern that with all the focus on keyboards, typing and touchscreens, we are forgetting about the importance of handwriting. Handwriting is a very personal gesture, and to compare examples of it is to consider who we are and what sort of pens we choose to use.

The Museum has a wide range of examples of handwriting. Some of these come directly from the Postcard Archive, while others are older examples from Judley Hall. Curator Dr James Lattin is also currently collecting samples from present day use.

The future of the archive

The Museum is very happy to loan or donate examples of handwriting, as well as to promote the importance of using good quality pens and pencils in everyday life.