Aireborough Historical Society

1850 Lecture On Phrenology Rawdon




Title
Lecture On Phrenology
Date September 1850
Location Rawdon
Photo ID
Y080
Comment

      Rawdon - On Tuesday evening last, a lecture on phrenology and the powers of the human mind was delivered at Rawdon to members and friends of the Young Men's Improvement Society by R O Johnstone of Bramley.

The lecturer envinced a thorough acquaintance with his subject, displaying much clearness and originality of thought and eliciting the warm applause and cordial thanks of his audience for the intellectual treat he had afforded them. 

Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling

Comment by Christine Lovedale

   Phrenology is a pseudo scientific practice of determining character and personality by "reading" areas of the human skull.

It was very popular in Victorian times, practitioners used china models of the head marked into sections to demonstrate the various areas of mental capacity.

 

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