Concerning Beards: Facial Hair, Health and Hygiene in Britain, c. 1650-1900

Drawing on the findings of a three-year research project funded by the Wellcome Trust, this talk will explore the diverse health and medical contexts of facial hair between 1650 and 1900.

Concerning Beards: Facial Hair, Health and Hygiene in Britain, c. 1650-1900

About Concerning Beards: Facial Hair, Health and Hygiene in Britain, c. 1650-1900

Speaker: Dr Alun Withey, University of Essex

Despite growing historical interest in the male body, historians have, until fairly recently, overlooked a principle component of both men’s bodies and masculinity - facial hair. Little is yet known about the significance, context and meanings of beards, moustaches and, indeed, beardlessness through time, or their relationship to important medical factors including health norms, medical practice, technology and shifting models of the male body.

Drawing on the findings of a three-year research project funded by the Wellcome Trust, this talk will explore the diverse health and medical contexts of facial hair between 1650 and 1900. Often seen as a quirky irrelevance, facial hair, and indeed beardlessness, offers a new lens through which to view changing concepts of bodily appearance, medical practice and practitioners, and the impact of technology upon the male body.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Concerning Beards: Facial Hair, Health and Hygiene in Britain, c. 1650-1900 are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

Other Events at Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Moonstruck: 500 years of mental health

Moonstruck: 500 years of mental health

14th June 2019 - 23rd December 2019
This exhibition encourages us to examine our own ideas around mental health and aims to show how, even now, many older stereotypes and ideas about these conditions remain unchanged.
Moonstruck Exhibition Late

Moonstruck Exhibition Late

17th August 2019
Come along to this one-off late opening of the College's mental health exhibition, with workshops, therapy dogs, tours and additional exhibits on Saturday 17 August!
The Physician as Revolutionary

The Physician as Revolutionary

18th September 2019
This lecture, given by Professor Abraham Verghese on 18th September, uncovers the stories behind history's revolutionary physicians.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind Tour

Out of Sight, Out of Mind Tour

31st October 2019
A behind-the-scenes tour at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh gives you the chance to meet medical and historical experts on mental health and see rare items from the College's collections.

Talks and Lectures Events you might like...

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Babble On - Spoken Word
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Babble On - Spoken Word
17th Aug 2019 - 18th Aug 2019
Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh New Town
Babble On - Spoken Word gives you the chance to get to know some of the most exhilarating and talented poets writing today a lot better.
Man at Arms
Man at Arms
17th August 2019
Dirleton Castle, Dirleton
Come along to Dirleton Castle for one of Historic Scotland's special 'Man at Arms' talks, which tell tales of siege warfare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons on show!
In Perpetuity
In Perpetuity
19th August 2019
Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh West
This talk by Ailsa Clarke will explore the founding philosophy of the Imperial War Graves Commission and the huge task of creating the cemeteries and how the work of the CWGC continues to this day.
Find Talks and Lectures events in Edinburgh

History Events you might like...

Arthur’s Amble
Arthur’s Amble
17th August 2019
Holyrood Park, Edinburgh East
Come along for a gentle guided walk around Hunter’s Bog and St. Margaret’s Loch and learn more about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past.
Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh’s Medical History
Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh’s Medical History
17th August 2019
NA, Various Locations Edinburgh
Join the Surgeons Hall Museums on their walking tour through Edinburgh’s old town and hear tales of old Edinburgh, disease, dissection and curious methods of treatment.
Man at Arms
Man at Arms
17th August 2019
Dirleton Castle, Dirleton
Come along to Dirleton Castle for one of Historic Scotland's special 'Man at Arms' talks, which tell tales of siege warfare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons on show!
Find History events in Edinburgh

Find other events in Edinburgh

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Edinburgh Summer Sessions
Lewis Capaldi will headline Edinburgh Summer Sessions 2019 this August, and it kicks off with Florence + the Machine. Looks set to be truly unmissable!
Edinburgh Mela
Get ready for a fun weekend for the whole family as the Edinburgh Mela, a multi-cultural festival of music, dance and arts, returns to Leith Links!
Cirque Berserk!
Britain’s biggest theatre circus spectacular is back by popular demand, featuring all your favourite Cirque Berserk! acts plus some thrilling new ones!
Whose Line Is It Anyway: Live at the Fringe
One of the greatest TV shows of our time recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, and what better way to commemorate than with a live Fringe extravaganza at Underbelly’s McEwan Hall!
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience at Edinburgh Fringe
Don't miss the legendary show, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, when it returns for its 13th Edinburgh Fringe!

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »