Whatever happened to handwriting

Whatever happened to handwriting - Topsham Museum

30 October 2018 30 October 2018

When: 30 October 2018
Where: Topsham Museum
Time: 1045 for 1130 - 1230
Cost: None but donations welcome
Suitable for: Not suitable for children

The last lecture for the season is on Tuesday, 30th October. It will be given by Dr Alma Swan and is entitled ‘Whatever happened to handwriting?’

In only a short time we’ve all but given up writing by hand except for the odd birthday card or shopping list. The days of the beautiful calligraphy in sumptuous medieval manuscripts are over, aren’t they? Not quite. Old traditions are still upheld, sometimes in the most surprising places! Alma will talk about writing and its history, the materials and techniques used and how, in the days of computer fonts and desktop graphic design, calligraphy is – just like radio in the age of TV, DVDs and streamed music and films – becoming more and more popular.

Alma Swan was originally a research scientist and lecturer in biology at the University of Leicester, moved into science publishing and then became a consultant in the field of science communication. Alma has BSc and PhD degrees in biology from the University of Southampton, an MBA from Warwick Business School, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. She held honorary academic positions in the University of Southampton School of Electronics & Computer Science and the University of Warwick Business School and was a tutor for the latter and the Open University Business School.
 
As a consultant, Alma provided evidence-based policy advice to government departments, NGOs and university organisations around the world. She was adviser to the World Bank when it developed its open access policy in 2011 and to UNESCO as it developed its policy in 2013: she also wrote the UNESCO Policy Guidelines on Open Access. More locally, seconded as director of advocacy programmes for a European policy organisation, she worked with policymakers in governments of EU Member States, the European Commission and the European Parliament and in the UK Government.
 
Recently retired, she is using the novelty of spare time to develop her longstanding interest in painting, calligraphy and illumination. She is Honorary Secretary of the Society of Scribes & Illuminators and calligrapher to Exeter City Council.
 

Lunchtime lectures are very popular and it is advisable to arrive early.  Coffee is available from 1045 and the lecture will begin at 11.30 or earlier if all the places are taken.


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