This gallery explores how we think and feel about ourselves, our bodies and our relationship with the world around us. Our understanding of what it means to be human is being transformed: by new research, our own experiences and those of other people. In this shifting landscape, who do we trust? Whose voices are heard? How do we see ourselves – and each other?
The objects here are grouped around themes of genetics, minds and bodies, infection and environmental breakdown. They highlight diverse perspectives and overlapping identities: disabled people, artists, activists, scientists. We are all unique, but we are also all connected, living in a shared world.