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Periods: A Brief History

1 November - 19 March

At any given time, 800 million people are menstruating around the world, with just over 50% of the global population getting a period at some point in their lives. Despite this, periods are shrouded in shame and stigma.

Where has the taboo of periods come from? Has it always been this way? Are there cultures that believe that menstruation is a positive thing?

This exhibition highlights just a few of the stories from history, putting a spotlight on the ongoing issues that surround periods. We will briefly explore how societal beliefs about periods have impacted the lives of millions of people, throughout the centuries, to this day.

Periods: A Brief History is sponsored by The Body Shop.

Vagina Museum

18 Victoria Park Square
London, E2 9PF


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