Relationships and Sex Education

Access the free Sex & History resource pack Version 2 from the TES website.

Access our free resources on gender and sexual diversity from our LGBT+ Objects Website.

Sex & History is an award winning initiative using museum objects and historical materials to deliver Relationships and Sex education and change the culture of talking about sex in schools. The Sex & History method can be used in a wide variety of educational settings and is equally adaptable to other frameworks such as special educational settings, universities, youth clubs, support groups, and in museums and galleries.

Sex & History has worked closely with the UK’s leading sex educationalists. We are partners of the Sex Education Forum and have developed resources with Brook, and the School of Sexuality Education. Alice Hoyle and Ester McGeeney act as our specialist collaborators, consultants and advisors.  Historical objects are an effective way of tackling those tricky subjects outside of the biology of sex, such as healthy relationships, body diversity and body-image, gender roles, consent, power, pleasure and intimacy, pornography and the media, stereotpyes and social norms, gender identity and relationships skills.

  • Adapt the freely available resources to suit your needs
  • Request training via a visit from our team, or by attending one of our training webinars
  • We can also help you develop new resources, lessons or projects.
  • Contact us if you want help embedding a whole school approach to RSE by integrating Sex & History into an institutional culture.
  • Contact us if you want help incorporating Sex & History into other subjects such as History, Drama, Creative Arts, Philosophy, Ethics and Media Studies,

Sex & History resources received the 2017 Pamela Sheridan Award (highly commended) from the Family Planning Association for innovation and good practice in relationships and sex education.

Sex & History featured as a case study among brilliant examples of innovative and inclusive RSE in a 2017 report “Informing the Future of the Sex and Relationships Education Curriculum in Wales”.


Initial development was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)REACT (Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technology) is one of four UK Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy and is a collaboration between UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England), Watershed and the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. Also funded by AHRC’s Cultural Engagement Fund, Wellcome and the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement’s Schools-University Partnership Initiative, funded by Research Councils UK.