Last night, I finished reading Mr. Philip Hensher's 2013 Edition of The Missing Ink The Lost Art of Handwriting. (ISBN: 978-0-86547-802-2) He offers some history of handwriting, as well as some interesting thoughts on why it is important...perhaps even crucial...that it not be abandoned in this age of nearly instant communication.
Handwriting, particularly cursive writing, holds a richness and an elemental connection denied to typing or texting. It hones the mind, activating parts of the brain that tapping keys (whether actual or virtual) does not involve.
Not being from the United Kingdom, some (many?) of his references were not completely understood; but I do not believe that detracts from his basic theme.
If you have an interest in handwriting, its history, its evolution, or its preservation, then take a safe trip to your local library or bookshop and get a copy.