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Lunchtime Talks: Inspiring Beauty

A series of talks and a creative workshop will be held to accompany the Inspiring Beauty exhibition.

Places are limited so please book in advance online or via the Box Office on 0115 846 7777.

FACE VALUES: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF MAKE-UP
25 February
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
Drawing on material, images and stories from Boots Archive, Archivist Judith Wright discusses 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.

REJUVENATE: ANTI-AGEING IN THE 20TH CENTURY
12 April
Ageing is a process which affects 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.