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November 2012

Posted on 12/11/2012

 Moustaches for Movember



The first of November saw freshly shaved men across campus preparing themselves for a month of top lip grooming in support of Movember, a month long campaign to raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. (Find out more here)

In support of all the moustache growers out there, and to give them something to aspire to, this month’s item is actually four photographs, each one depicting a moustache wearer from Bedford and Royal Holloway Colleges’ pasts.

In the top left hand corner is George Martin-Holloway, the brother in law of Thomas Holloway, who took over the final stages of preparing Royal Holloway College after Thomas’ death. It was this man who escorted Queen Victoria around the College at the opening ceremony in 1886. Her diary describes him as ‘a very modest man’ but makes no mention of his luxuriant facial hair.

At the top right is a much neater and tidier ‘tache grown by Professor Tom Moore who was head of the Chemistry department at Royal Holloway College between 1914 and 1946. When he was made Professor at 33 he was the youngest in the country. His legacy lives on in the form of the Moore Building which originally housed the Chemistry department and is now used by the Management School.

Slightly cheating as he also has a goatee, the bottom left hand corner is Gustave Rudler, Head of French at Bedford College between 1918 and 1920. He’s clearly put a lot of effort into his moustache, using wax to curl up the sides. Rudler was a French native, and had previously fought in the war as part of the French Army.

The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that the man in the bottom right photograph is not quite what he seems. Both Bedford and Royal Holloway began as women’s colleges so early moustaches among the students are rare. The final photograph was taken at a performance of a Greek play by Bedford students. The script called for several male parts so the female students disguised themselves with beards and moustaches to play them. Not quite a Movember worthy ‘tache but I had to let the girls get a look in too!

Annabel Gill, College Archivist


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