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'Precious Relics': Hair Jewellery and the Victorians

Explore the Victorian's enthusiasm for wearing jewellery containing human hair and what they stood for.

The zeal which men adopted beards and whiskers in the 19th century is surely matched by the Victorians' enthusiasm for wearing jewellery containing human hair. Everyone, it seems - from Queen Victoria herself to Florence Nightingale and the serving men of the Crimea - understood the 'sacred worth' of a lock of hair from the head of a loved on.

Drawing on material in the Florence Nightingale Museum and other public and private collections, artist Jane Wildgoose considers a wealth of intricately crafted watch-chains, lockets, necklaces, bracelets and rings containing human hair, and the ways in which these 'precious relics' spoke of ties of love, kinship, and loss during the Victorian era.


Jane Wildgoose | talks


Date and Time:

8 December 2016 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Florence Nightingale Museum
Gassiot House
2 Lambeth Palace Road
020 7620 0374

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To book please e-mail Stephanie Tyler at stephanie@florence-nightingale.co.uk

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Admission includes a glass of wine and a chance to see the museum and The Age of the Beard exhibition.

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