The Rejuvenation Emporium

Exhibition at the Thackray Medical Museum, 18 May - 20 July 2018

What does it mean to grow old? When and how does our youth “go”? Is there anything that we can do to get it back?

The Endless Possibilities of Rejuvenation project team, led by Dr James Stark, have been working with the partners at the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds to co-curate “The Rejuvenation Emporium”.

The exhibition traces medical, commercial, and cultural interest in the idea of slowing and/or reversing the processes of ageing, including “rejuvenating” medical treatments and pharmaceutical products, and the stories of doctors, quacks, fiction writers, and film stars who flourished during the 1920s “rejuvenation craze”.

Discover objects, interactive exhibits and a special archival film screening of the 1923 film Black Oxen, featuring Hollywood screen stars Corinne Griffith and Clara Bow.

Learn more about ageing in medicine and culture in the 20th century, and see how these histories have informed the growth of the modern-day anti-ageing industry.

The exhibition is free with museum entry (pay once and enjoy unlimited return visits for 12 months).

You can find out more by visiting the exhibition page on the Museum website: