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Campaigners welcome exhibition on the Victorian beard craze

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2016 by kmflett

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Highland Regiment in the Crimean War

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has welcomed a new exhibition on the Victorian craze for beards which developed in particular after the Crimean War in the mid-1850s.

It is at the Florence Nightingale Museum which is at St Thomas’  Hospital in Westminster:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/nov/18/hair-raising-tales-exhibition-recalls-victorian-beard-craze

The campaigners say that the exhibition, curated by Dr Alun Withey, who is researching beards, draws a link between the beard craze and male perceptions of masculinity.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, the exhibition reflects a growing interest in beards as more people wear them, but it is historically specific. It is by no means clear that, for example, people who have hipster beard styles in 2016 have an idea of masculinity in mind, rather than just following a cultural trend where being clean shaven is both less common and something that is also less expected.

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