The life and death masks on display in the Portrait Gallery Library were previously used by the Edinburgh Phrenological Society in the 19th century. Phrenology was a pseudo-science that claimed a person’s personality could be read by looking at the bumps on their skull. Although its popularity was fleeting, the records that remain give us a fascinating glimpse into the social and scientific history of the time. Becky Howell, Librarian & Research Assistant, will speak about the ongoing research project to help us understand the terminology used and beliefs held by the phrenologists. With BSL interpretation.