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