AD Shrunken Body Parts Object Handling

  • Free
  • Discussion
  • Audio described
Photograph of a young woman holding a museum handling object as part of a study day at Wellcome Collection.
Body Image study day, Benjamin Gilbert. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Using replicas from our ‘Medicine Man’ exhibition, hear about and discuss how people have shrunk human body parts throughout history, from the shrunken heads of Ecuador to Chinese foot-binding. You will also be able to touch and hold the objects as they are audio-described and ask any questions you may have.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Forum. To get there, take the lift or stairs up to level 1 and then follow the signs through the ‘Being Human’ gallery.

Audio described

This event will be audio described for visitors who are blind or partially sighted. Places are free but very limited. If you would like to come along, email or call 020 7611 2222.

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About your speaker

Brad Dean

Brad is an apprentice in the Visitor Experience team at Wellcome Collection. He’s a big fan of history, art and music.