People wear badges mainly because they are a cheap and easy way to show the world what they believe in. Instead of going about streets shouting 'I love the Pussycat Dolls!', they can wear a Pussycat Dolls badge. Nearly everyone has owned a badge at some point in their lives.

Badges can be more serious than about pop groups, though. The very first badges were made for the Pope in the 12th century. They had St Peter and St Paul on them, and were worn by pilgrims to show that they had completed a religious journey.

Click the arrows below to see some interesting badges on display at the Museum.

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Help the Badges Curator match badges to the correct exhibition label. (38 Kb)