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Shaping The Body

Exhibition

York Castle Museum, The Eye of York, York, YO1 9RY

Tel: 01904 687671

Shaping the Body

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About us

This major new exhibition looks at how body shape has changed over the past 500 years through culture, diet, fashion and lifestyle.

From 18th century bum rolls, through to the Victorian hour glass figure, the punks of the 70s and the perms of the eighties, see how our bodies have been shaped and designed through choices we make and the consequences of our lifestyles.

York Museum Trust’s extensive collections of costume, social history, archaeology and art will highlight how the perfect height and weight have fluctuated in different periods, and how economic circumstances and cultural ideas impact on fashion. Meet the people who have pushed their bodies to the limits to gain the look they crave and find out about dangerous fashions such as extra tight corsets, high heels and even poisonous dresses!

This thought-provoking and fascinating exhibition will challenge the notion of the perfect body.

Guide Prices

Adult: £10
Access Ticket: £5
Children 16 and under: free with one paying adult.
YMT Card Holders: Free

Awards

  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Pass Runner Up York Pass Runner Up 2017

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Road:
The nearest car park is the Castle car park, next to Clifford's Tower, which has 305 spaces. This car park is off Clifford Street, off the inner ring road, most easily reached from the A19 to the south of the city or the A1036 to the south west.

By Public Transport:
York Castle Museum is in the centre of York, close to Clifford's Tower and the Coppergate Shopping Centre. Follow the green pedestrian signs to the 'Castle Area'.

It is 20 to 25 minutes' walk from York Railway Station.

Park & Ride:
With six cleverly located sites surrounding the city centre getting into York has never been easier. www.yorkparkandride.co.uk

Accessible by Public Transport: York station is 1 mile away.

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