The Fairbank Calligraphy Society was formed in 1976 to help, encourage and inspire those interested in calligraphy and italic handwriting.
The Society takes its name from the late Alfred Fairbank, an eminent calligrapher and type designer who was largely responsible for the promotion of the use of italic script. His influence on the standards of italic handwriting was widely spread through the thousand teachers he instructed and encouraged to use this beautiful hand. He was honoured by the Queen with the C.B.E. for his service to calligraphy. He has been called "the greatest exemplar and teacher of good writing in modern times".