The Age of the Beard: Putting On A Brave Face in Victorian Britain
18 November – 30 April 2017
Hijacked by hipsters in recent years, the beard has, however, been a symbol of wisdom, dignity and strength. Now, the Florence Nightingale Museum plans to shine the light on some of the best beards of all – the flamboyant Victorian kind!
Unravelling the astonishing appeal of mutton chops, goatees and the most flamboyant of moustaches with a photographic exhibition and season of special events dedicated to the Great British Beard, prepare to learn more than you ever thought was possible about the subject. For example, do you know what a Soup Strainer is? Or a Thigh Tickler? Find out at the Florence Nightingale Museum this winter – if you dare.
In collaboration with Beard historian Dr Alun Withey, the Nightingale Museum will showcase the best of Victorian facial hair, including some bristly soldiers that Florence Nightingale herself might have nursed.
The exhibition is brought up to date with a series of events including beard and moustache trimming and styling in the museum and a quiz to test your beardy knowledge. A Christmas panto – Bluebeard, of course – will provide outrageous hirsute fun for adults only.
The Florence Nightingale Museum’s beardy season of events is generously supported by the Wellcome Trust. For more information, click here.