Dr Alun Withey

Judge: Dr Alun Withey

Posted on Posted in 2017 Judges

Mrs DCBMC has been trying to get Dr Alun to DCBMC for the past two years, but it always clashes with his family holidays – until now!

An award-winning academic historian, with research subjects including shaving and masculinity in the 18th century; he’s also a TV and radio presenter of programmes such as ‘The Barbershop in the Eighteenth Century’ and ‘Beards, Whiskers and the History of Pogonotomy’. In his own words…

Dr Alun Withey is a historian of health, medicine and the body in Britain, currently working on a major research project at the University of Exeter, titled ‘Do Beards Matter? Facial Hair, Health and Medicine in Britain, c. 1650-1900’. His previous work has included studies of the body and politeness in the eighteenth century, and a prize-winning book on the history of medicine in Wales.

Dr Withey is a regular contributor to television and radio, and has appeared (for 30 seconds) on BBC’s The One Show, and recently annoyed John Humphries on Radio 4’s Today programme.

As a beardless, clean-shaven man, he is the worst possible poster boy for his own project.

He annoyed John Humphries?! I like him even more now! -Mrs DCBMC