The Insitute of Sexology at the Wellcome Collection

Young Marie Stopes - her work and love letters feature in the exhibition - Image is not mine

Young Marie Stopes – her work and love letters feature in the exhibition – Image is not mine

On Sunday I found myself with an hour to kill in Euston, London and decided to see what the Wellcome Collection had to offer – for it had been a while since I had last been there after being scared by their exhibition on Skin – human skin bound books and examples of tatoos (not on a human) anyone?

Biting the bullet and going in with an open mind I decided to check out their Institute of Sexology. Situated on the first floor, through doors that look like they could be leading to a school library rather than an exhibition on sex and sexuality.

The exhibition has cases hold interesting artifacts relating to sexuality and that most private acts that makes us human – sex.

Sex aids as exhibited in the Insitute of Sexology exhibition @ the Wellcome Collection London - Image is not mine

Sex aids as exhibited in the Insitute of Sexology exhibition @ the Wellcome Collection London – Image is not mine

Some of the items exhibited included contraceptives such as early versions of the pill and the Diaphram (both of which still used today and empower and give women sexual freedom and control) early sex toys and aids, phallic shaped items from the ancient world (simular to Items found in the secret chamber in the Naples archaeological museum) and  racey Victorian photographs.

Further on in the exhibition there were verious films showing including a Woody Allan film and an educational film showing animals procreating.

For me the star exhibits were letters from Marie Stopes to her Japanese lover Kenjino Fuiji as well as letters expressing both praise and attacks on Dr Stopes and her work. I have previously written about Stopes and you can read it Here

I high recommend this thought provoking and free look at sex and sexuality which is on at the Wellcome Collection until 20th September 2015. Go and bring an open mind, you might just learn something.

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