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In the seventeenth century, the womb was regarded as a troublesome and unpredictable organ which afflicted women with numerous ailments. To pacify the wild womb, marriage was usually prescribed, but a favoured short-term remedy was fumigation. Like a second nose, the womb was considered to be attracted to pleasant perfumes and repulsed by stench. A womb could therefore be coaxed back to its ‘rightful place’ by wafting fragrant ingredients beneath it. Smelly Remedy shows examples of this procedure from the University Library collection and examines how the remedy was visually represented to a wide readership.

Curated by Lizzie Marx, PhD student and winner of the Art History/University Library Curatorial Prize 2018.

On display in the University Library Entrance Hall until 31 March. The exhibition is free and open to all. For opening times, visit: www.lib.cam.ac.uk/full-opening-hours

Location: 
Entrance Hall, Cambridge University Library
Date: 
Repeats every day until Sat Mar 31 2018 except Sun Mar 11 2018, Sun Mar 18 2018, Sun Mar 25 2018.
Monday, 5 March, 2018
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Thursday, 29 March, 2018
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Audience: 
ALL WELCOME
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