Beauty School Drop In

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One Colchester Hub

81 Culver Street East

Colchester

CO1 1LF

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Visit our historical beauty salon and discover how people have used hair and make-up to express themselves from the 1950s to now. The salon will highlight changes to women’s lives, celebrate the diversity of women’s health experiences, and investigate ideas around femininity: demystifying the beauty secret.

At the event you can join craftivist activities and hear short talks from historians. Tell us your stories about the role beauty plays in your life and bring photographs documenting your changing style. If all this wasn’t enough you can get your nails done on the day by trans activist and nail artist Charlie Craggs.

We will also be collecting new and un-used toiletries throughout the day to donate to One Colchester's Hygiene Bank and help fight hygiene poverty. If you can, please bring items such as sanitary pads & tampons, shampoo & conditioner, face wash, cleanser & creams, body wash, body lotion, deodorant, toothpaste & toothbrushes.

Programme:

11am - Period Poverty Poster Making Workshop led by Dr Kate Mahoney

2pm - From Beauty Glam and Bodybuilders to Psychopaths and ‘Tanorexics’: The History of the Sunbed Tan (1970s to 1990s). Talk and Q&A by Fabiola Creed.

3pm - 'Revolution on the head? Salons, schools and men's hair in post-war Britain, c.1955-1975'. Talk and Q&A by Mark Anderson.

Drop in at any time throughout the day for activities and to have your nails done!

This event is part of a series on health and beauty, including:

Faces: An Exhibition of Changing Essex Style ( Firstsite, 23 November, 10am-16:30pm)

Glow Up: Zine Workshop (Firstsite, 23 November, 12-2pm)

These events are part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 14–23 November. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see beinghumanfestival.org.


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One Colchester Hub

81 Culver Street East

Colchester

CO1 1LF

United Kingdom

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