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© Horniman Museum and Gardens

© Horniman Museum and Gardens

Hair: Untold Stories

Fri 10 February - Sun 29 October 2023

Weston Park Museum

There’s more to hair than washing, combing and cutting. It’s an extraordinary, renewable fibre with a range of unexpected possibilities. This exhibition put the substance before the style and unfurls the untold stories of hair.


From jewellery and dresses to armour and environmental protection, the exhibition highlighted the remarkable qualities of hair as a material. It also explored our complex relationship with hair both on, and off, our heads – how and why we care so much about our ‘crowning glory’, and how hair is entangled with society’s expectations and our relationships to others.

The exhibition weaved in the work of artists, film makers and designers with a wide range of objects and archive material reflecting our connection with our hair. Together, they told personal, powerful and surprising stories, spanning Sheffield hair salons to the global hair trade.

Hair: Untold Stories is the inaugural exhibition created for the Museums and Galleries Network for Exhibition Touring (MAGNET). It was curated by the Horniman Museum and Gardens, in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London, Tullie House Museum and Gardens and Sheffield Museums Trust.


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Black and white photograph of a black woman with long, braided hair which comes around her neck to look like a necklace. She is holding both hands to her neck and is also wearing large, comb-shaped, hair accessories and hoop earrings. She is looking directly at the camera with a serious expression and stands in front of a patterned background.

The Right to Opacity, Black Series, 2020

© Kedisha Coakley

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