The exhibition examines how social, historical and cultural factors affect body image and how this is expressed through objects and artworks. It explores how body image impacts on issues such as social status, gender, stage of life, heath, aesthetics, religion, politics and sexuality.

The theme has been shaped into a single narrative selected by volunteers working with staff on the exhibition’s development.

The Body Image exhibition is the second to take place in our Story Lab gallery. This space invites our visitors to help shape the future of the museum.

What stories should the museum tell? How should objects be displayed? What is missing? Explore the theme of Body Image and contribute your ideas to the exhibition.