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May is here and spring is now with us and thankfully we have the weather to match. There is something wonderful about the Spring, with the promise of new life, new beginnings and the air is filled with hope.
Talking about new beginnings, as we witness new life coming into the world, we also see that there are some new and rather interesting ways of providing sex education to secondary school pupils. It would appear that some ancient relics will help students understand the ins and outs of a subject that hasn't always been particularly successful in secondary schools in the past.
This gargantuan task is being taken on by the University of Exeter with a course tailored to schoolchildren through the examination of ancient artefacts. It forms part of a piece of research to get students to tackle difficult subjects they find hard to talk about.
Among the artefacts being used is an 18th century chastity belt, some phallic Roman amulets and an ivory sculpture of a copulating couple. The age range of the school children involved will be from 14 to 19. They certainly have ample stock to provide plenty of debate, with more than 1,000 artefacts which are sexual in nature, previously owned by the billionaire Sir Henry Wellcome (founder of the Wellcome Pharmaceuticals which later went on to became GlaxoSmithKline plc).
They are also on show at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery in Exeter. The title of the exhibition is "Intimate Worlds: Exploring Sexuality through the Wellcome Collection" and will run until the end of June.
If you're not particularly excited by the prospect of this fascinating exhibition then take a look around Antiques.co.uk, we have new items daily with new and fascinating pieces for your delectation. You can also place your own items on our site and sell something of your own if you wish.
Take a look and you'll find plenty to whet your appetite.