The Philosophy of Beards (1854)

Eccentric Victorian book arguing a strong case for the universal wearing of a beard – that essential symbol of manly distinction since ancient times….more

Album of Seaweed Pictures (1848)

Fine specimen of a 19th-century seaweed album, in which marine algae is rendered into designs, bouquets, and even sometimes intricate little scenes….more

The Telephonoscope (1879)

Device imagined in a Punch cartoon from 1879, predicting the advent of video chat more than 100 years before Skype….more

Re-examining ‘the Elephant Man’

Nadja Durbach questions the extent to which Joseph Merrick, known as the Elephant Man, was exploited during his time in a Victorian ‘freakshow’, and asks if it …more