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Dr Alun Withey

Public engagement

A big component of my future plans for public engagement is an photographic exhibition of Victorian beards, planned for London in 2017. The exhibition includes a suite of public events including a launch evening, beards debate, family activities and even a pantomime. An application to the Wellcome Trust for funding is currently in progress.


My project on the history of beards has attracted a great deal of media interest, and led to appearances on BBC's 'The One Show', Sky News, BBC Five Live and BBC Radio Three, along with articles and interviews in many major UK newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times and The Evening Standard. I have also appeared on several international radio shows, and have written opinion pieces for leading publications including 'History Today', BBC History Magazine, the 'Times Higher', and 'The Conversation'.

I run a highly successful blog, ( which has had more than 90,000 views from over 120,000 countries.