What's on at the Institute of Archaeology

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Current Exhibitions

Mysteries of the Mind Exhibition

The A.G. Leventis Gallery is currently hosting a new exhibition by UCL MA Museum Studies students: Mysteries of the Mind. You can follow the exhibition team on facebook or twitter (@MuseumStudies16). This exhibition will be showing until April 2017.

From prehistoric hand-axes to artificial intelligence, this exhibition explores our relationship with the human mind through time. Mysteries of the Mind presents a variety of captivating arguments and viewpoints in the debate over the mind to demonstrate that the quest for knowledge is never ending.

Visitors will also have a chance to explore further material and take a short quiz through interactive ipad installations in the gallery.

The A.G. Leventis Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, and is open Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm. Entry is free.

Recent Exhibitions

The last exhibition in the gallery was We Need to Talk: Connecting Through Technology, examining the technologies we have used to communicate with each other in different periods of time. Prior to that, in 2013 we hosted Voices of War: UCL in World War I, a display focusing on the diverse experiences of seven individuals from UCL in the Great War; The Key Ingredient: Food in Social Relationships, which explored how humans use food in social situations, and Breaking Ground: 75 Years of Pioneering Archaeology, an exhibition created as part of the Institute's 75th anniversary celebrations in 2012, showcasing a wide range of objects and photographs from the Institute's history; you can still explore the the exhibition designers blog about their experience in putting it all together. 

Previously in 2012 The Leventis Gallery hosted an exhibition by London-based artist John Murphy, titled Voyages to Italy. This showcased objects relating to Mount Vesuvius and to the many stories, real and imagined, engendered by the figure of the volcano.

Then in 2011, eighty objects from the Institute of Archaeology Collections featured in an exhibition by the artist Klaus Weber at Nottingham Contemporary. Titled Already There!, it used materials ranging from some of our Olduvai Gorge handaxes, to Bronze Age Palestinian amphorae in modern plastic buckets. Eclectic and exciting, you can hear Weber talk about the exhibition here, and read a review of the experience here. Apparently they had some 46,000 visitors pass through the gallery.

Also in 2011 the Institute of Archaeology loaned ceramics and jewellery to the Museum of Hartlepool for an exhibition, called 'Mummies, Myths and Mosaics', exploring ancient civilisations from around the world and their influences on us today. Themes included toys and games, religion, and childhood; part of a dighouse was reconstructed to give visitors a feel for how archaeologists lived and worked in the early 20th century. The exhibition welcomed 16,248 visitors during its 3-month run, including around 2,500 children who took part in free workshops led by the museum's Education team.

Loans like these are a part of our ongoing programme of public engagement and outreach activities. Other events we have been involved in include: