Taking Precautions: the Story of Contraception

November 1995 - May 1997

Taking precautions: the story of contraception looked at the complex story of contraception and the role of birth control in Australian social history through a fascinating array of objects and pictures. For this web exhibition we have chosen a range of objects, from the ancient to the contemporary, to help trace the threads of the story of contraception. The story of contraception is a fascinating one. It is also long and complicated. Long, because people have always found ways to avoid having children or limit the number of children they have. Complicated, because it involves sex and romance, politics and religion, science and technology.