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10/05/2011

Michael Rosen hears about slaves, secretaries and secret writing as he delves into the history of shorthand.

Michael Rosen takes a look at the history and usefulness of the mysterious art of shorthand, with a look at its uses in Ancient Rome, Elizabethan England and the present day. There's a trip to Bath to hear from Sir Isaac Pitman himself, recorded in 1891, and a visit to the University of Sheffield's Journalism department.

Producer Luke Hollands.

30 minutes

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Mon 16 May 2011 23:00

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