The Age of the Beard:

Putting on a Brave Face in Victorian Britain

Florence Nightingale Museum
18th November 2016 - 30th April 2017

To beard or not to beard – that is the question. This winter, the Florence Nightingale Museum attempts to unravel 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. What is a Soup Strainer? 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. Our hairy celebrations will be 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.

Dr Alun Withey, says:

“This season of events is going to challenge what we know about facial hair forever, or some such ….”


This exhibition and season of events is generously supported

by the Wellcome Trust.




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