Signing your name is now such an automatic way of proving identity and validating a document that we forget that the signature has its own history. This presentation will explore the challenge of forged and fraudulent handwriting and the cultivation of professional expertise in its detection. The closely related field of graphology (interpretation of character from handwriting) will also be considered.
The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/your-hand-signatures-and-handwriting
Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 1,500 lectures free to access or download from the website.
Professor Jane Caplan
Professor Jane Caplan is Visiting Professor at Birkbeck, University of London, and Emeritus Fellow at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. She is a world-renowned historian specialising in Nazi Germany and the history of the documentation of individual identity.