The modern-day cosmetic market is vast, with many people following beauty regimes to some degree every single day. This is nothing new, with evidence of embellished looks seen in Egyptian drawings and referenced in the works of Roman philosophers. But throughout history, the search for beauty has come with risks – as far back as in Ancient Egypt the iconic heavy lined eye look was achieved with kohl, a black powder made from galena, a mineral form of lead sulfide.
In celebration of the 7th annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February, we look to some of our corporate supporters and STEM Circle members who are committed to making STEM education and careers for women and girls accessible, relatable and inspiring.
As we mark the UN International Year of Glass, discover more about a volunteer-led project to catalogue thousands of pieces of glassware in our collection.
Go behind the scenes with Collections Conservator Jess Routleff-Jones as she explains the tricky business of tidying up a mercury spill.
Inspired by the designs of the Festival Pattern Group, illustrator Jen Haugan created a series of new illustrations.