Body Image

Fully booked
  • Study day
  • Schools
Photograph of two young women examining a prosthetic hand as part of a study day at Wellcome Collection.
Body image study day, Benjamin Gilbert. Source: Wellcome Collection.

What you’ll do

Your students will join us for a whole-day session full of creative and discussion-based activities on the theme of body image as seen today, in the past and across different cultures. They’ll have the opportunity to discuss, debate, be creative, and present ideas inspired by our objects and artworks from our two permanent galleries. Looking at ethical questions that arise from the themes of mental health and the body, your students will think about how culture has defined beauty and the 'ideal' body, and how we create space for individual expression.

Who can come

We have developed this study day for groups of students aged 14 to 19, studying GCSEs or post-16 qualifications at school or sixth-form college. You can bring 20 to 30 students, accompanied by staff at a ratio of 1:10.

Due to the small scale of our free programme, schools in the Greater London area have priority until 12 December. From this date booking is open to schools outside Greater London.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Studio on level 1. When you enter Wellcome Collection, head up the stairs or take the lift, then follow the signs.

School booking conditions

Your school or college can book a maximum of two study days per term. To secure your booking, you'll need to complete and return the required forms promptly.

All study days and events are free, but we charge a fee for cancellation or significant changes to your group size made within three weeks of your visit. Both policies are explained fully in the agreement we ask you to sign ahead of your visit.

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