Relationships and Sex Education

Film by Ross Gill

We are developing ways of bringing the highly successful Sex and History methodology to Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in the classroom and in other youth settings. We are creating education resources with the RSE Hub and Brook using images of historical objects as an effective way of tackling those tricky subjects outside of the biology of sex, such as healthy relationships, body-image, gender roles, consent, the impact of pornography and LGBTQ+ identities.

How it works:

New perspectives: exploring ideas from outside of their place and time encourages participants to see their own attitudes and assumptions with fresh eyes.
Critical Thinking: a historical context helps to develop ways of thinking critically about models of relationships and sex.
Distancing: Discussing sensitive issues via historical objects focuses the discussion initially around other cultures, allowing participants to talk more safely.
Confidence: recognising that people have been talking about, thinking about and depicting sex for millennia increases confidence in talking about it today.
Participation: people can interpret the material in different ways, encouraging deeper learning and longer impact.

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

We are now recruiting schools in the South West – we can offer free training and resources! See more here.


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 cNational Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement’s Schools-University Partnership Initiative.