Tattoos and beards through time to feature in new museum exhibition

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 December 2017

Weston Musuem

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Weston Museum will close for a few weeks in January so its latest temporary exhibitions can be installed.

Weston architect Hans Fowler Price wore some facial hair.Weston architect Hans Fowler Price wore some facial hair.

The museum, in Burlington Street, reopened in August following a £1.8million refurbishment.

The revamp included building a high-security space which could be used to hold temporary exhibitions.

The first exhibition was called Making Weston Museum and told the story of the refurbishment, and showed some of the objects often hidden away in the stores at Taunton.

This will be cleared away in January to make way for The Art Of Self Expression; Facial Hair And Tattoos Through The Ages.

The exhibition will feature historical and modern examples of facial hair and body art.

A photographer has also been out and about in Weston capturing pictures of some of the town’s faces in barber shops and tattoo parlours to feature among the range of beards, moustaches and body art on display.

Matt Hardy, the museum’s acting visitor services manager, said: “We are very excited to be opening up the museum to a new and diverse exhibition.

“This is a small taste of things to come with displays which look at national topics, alongside local interests.”

Visitors will be able to compare their own styles and artwork to others from Weston and through the ages.

The exhibition will show the origin of styles which are popular again now, using historical examples and documents, including prison records, photographs and a mixture of weird and wonderful objects.

It is hoped the high-security space can be used for touring exhibitions in the future.

There will be plenty of activities and events taking place to coincide with the exhibition, including talks for those who want to learn more, and there will also be pirate-themed activities on World Book Day on March 1.

The community gallery, which features a display about the Green community, will also change to an exhibition about North Somerset BME (black and minority ethnic) Network.

The museum will be closed from January 8-26 to change over the displays and install a number of other developments around the building.

It will reopen on January 27, at 10am. Entry is free every day.

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