From the quill to the smartphone: The history of writing

Clay slab

Discover and delight in the history of the development of writing in this one-hour tour.
 
The oldest writing we know of was done by the Sumerians some 5,000 years ago in Mesopotamia. Numerous clay slabs excavated in what is now southern Iraq, replicas of which are now on display at the HNF, tell us much about the origins of writing and arithmetic. Every stage in the development of writing is followed, including the formation of letters, the mechanisation of writing in the 19th century and word processing at the computer.

During the tour you will wear headphones and a transmitter. The museum guide will use a microphone to communicate with you. This ensures that you can hear clearly while you maintain the necessary distance of at least 1.5 metres.

General information

Duration: approx. 60 minutes
Languages: on request
Cost: Tues – Fri: € 35 plus admission charge
Sat/Sun: € 45 plus admission charge
Group size: max. 9 persons

Advance notification is required for all tours.

Please book four weeks beforehand, if possible.

Guided tours must be cancelled at least ten days before the booked date. Read more on our cancellation policy here.

Phone registration: +49-5251/306-660
E-mail: service(at)hnf.de

Safety and hygiene measures

The best option is for you to bring your own headphones with you. All you need is a standard model, for example the ones used for smartphones (3.5-mm jack plug). Those who do not have their own headphones can purchase a pair for €1 at the HNF.

You must sign a declaration of compliance with hygiene and conduct regulations. The ideal option is for you to print out the form at home and bring the signed version with you to the HNF. Please note: Each registered person has to fill out a form; in the case of minors, the form shall be signed by the legal guardian.

You can find the form here

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