Identity: Eight rooms, nine lives
Thursday 26 November 2009 - Tuesday 6 April 2010
What influences or determines our sense of who we are? What
makes one person distinct from another? How does science inform
human identity? This major exhibition explored the tension between
the way we view ourselves and how others see us.
subject of genetic testing. How curious are you about the
information in your DNA?
Nine individual stories introduced eight distinct rooms. One
room began with the story of scientist Alec Jeffreys' invention of
DNA fingerprinting 25 years ago, the diaries of Samuel Pepys
introduced another, while self-portraiture was explored through the
work of the Jewish artist Claude Cahun, who despite being sentenced
to death for acts of resistance, survived the Nazi occupation of
Find out more
about Clive Wearing, whose diaries are featured in the Samuel Pepys
Other subjects tackled included twins, phrenology and brain
imaging, gender and sexuality, race and prejudice, and acting and
'Identity: Eight rooms, nine lives' was part of The Identity Project.