Beauty rituals have been an important aspect of society throughout time. This exhibition will uncover past secrets of the boudoir, the motives behind them and the drive to realise them.
This exhibition has been jointly curated by the Boots Archive, Dr. Richard Hornsey (Lecturer in Modern British History at The University of Nottingham) and Manuscripts and Special Collections at The University of Nottingham.
Location and Opening Times
DH Lawrence Pavilion
Nottingham Lakeside Arts
Box Office: 0115 8467777
Monday to Friday 11am-4pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays noon-4pm.
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1PM – 2PM
A series of talks will be held to accompany the exhibition. Places are limited so please book in advance with the Box Office on 0115 846 7777
Face Values: a Cultural History of Make-up
25 February 2016
Dr. Richard Hornsey explores the changing meanings of the made-up face in 20th century Britain, tracing how women's use of cosmetics became a focus for wider debates around morality, freedom, health and self expression.
7 steps to perfection
9 March 2016
Drawing from material, images and stories from the Boots Archive, archivist Judith Wright will explore the different elements that have contributed towards the success of No7, from the creation of innovative products to eye catching designs and advertising to the people behind their development and the women who loved them.
Rejuvinate: Anti-aging in the twentieth century
12 April 2016
Ageing is a process that will affect us all. Throughout human history we have tried to slow down and even reverse the effects of ageing. Dr James Stark (Research Fellow, Leeds Humanities Research Institute) will explore how and why a wide range of anti-ageing technologies and products gained popularity in the 20th century, how our understanding of ageing and youth has changed and reflect on what it means to age.
Please book in advance with the Box Office on 0115 846 7777.
Lipstick & Lace: Creative Workshop
23 January 2pm – 5.30pm
Performing Arts Studio
Design your own unique cosmetic bag using images from the No7 archive collection and an exquisite selection of Nottingham lace, threads, cloths and other embellishments. Hosted by local craft practitioner Debbie Bryan, and helped along by a sumptuous afternoon tea, you will have the chance to create something truly individual. All materials provided. Booking essential. Maximum 20 people.
£15 per person