30 October – Whatever happened to handwriting?

The last lecture for the season will be given by Dr Alma Swan and is entitled ‘Whatever happened to handwriting?’ Dr Swan was originally a research scientist and academic, became a science publisher and ran her own consultancy business in ‘science communication in the age of the internet’. She has maintained an abiding love of calligraphy and illumination and practised them where possible. Now retired she has taken up artistic pursuits. Dr Swan is Secretary of the Society of Scribes & Illuminators, which Society will be 100 years old in 2021, and is calligrapher to Exeter City Council.

The lecture will be concerning the role writing by hand has played in the development of our culture and how, having been written off in the age of the computer, is still important in official circles and growing in popularity generally.