New project win: York Castle

A new exhibit at York Castle called Shaping the Body, looking at how culture, food, health and lifestyle have changed the way we look over the last 500 years, will open in March 2016, thanks to grant funding of £200,000 from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Wolfson Foundation.

Using York Museum Trust’s extensive collections of costume, social history, archaeology and art, the exhibition will look at how our bodies have been shaped and designed through choices we make and the consequences of our lifestyles.

We will be developing a number of audio visual and interactive exhibits to help visitors explore how what is judged to be the perfect height and weight have fluctuated in different periods, and how economic circumstances and cultural ideas impact on fashion.

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