Turning Heads (Hair as Identity and Culture)
Libraries NI


Turning Heads explored the theme of hair as an important part of our identity and culture. Hair can say a lot about who we are, whether we have it or not, choose to colour or not, cover it or not. Hair can identify our taste in music or fashion and can carry our DNA. Turning Heads aimed to spark conversation and challenge stereotypes while exploring the cultural and societal significance of hair.

Higher Education Engagement

Libraries NI partnered with Ulster University to deliver a series of online events and talks featuring academics, including a talk on ‘Bad Hair: Folklore, Witches and Fairies,’ and ‘Ginger genetics: a celebration of red hair’.


Libraries NI worked with the Armstrong Storytelling Trust, Beyond Skin and Ulster University to deliver a series of online events, talks, face-to-face workshops and an exhibition. The project activities also formed part of Libraries NI's Good Relations Week programme. The project team are discussing future opportunities to work with Ulster University.

Key facts

Northern Ireland
Ulster University
Beyond Skin
Armstrong Storytelling Trust

Further Information