The Wonders of Writing: The Story of How Books Were Made

Explore and learn about the history of writing and make your own note-book with Alexia.

Created with 9–11-year-olds in mind, this film is intended as a resource for teachers in primary schools, both in Egypt and further afield, and for those running educational programmes in museums and libraries. The film aims to raise awareness of the historical importance of writing and shows the making of a simple note-book, using Coptic binding techniques: the basis of book making since the first century AD.

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The Levantine Foundation’s project “Preserving Egyptian Coptic Heritage through conservation, scholarship and educational dissemination’ is funded by the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.