What's on at the Geology Collections
Apart from the permanent displays in the Rock Room and South Wing first floor corridors the Geology Collections feature in a number of different exhibitions across the UCL campus.
Pop-up Exhibition: Human evolution – the story of us.
Friday 7th March, 12 - 4pm. Location: The Rock Room, 1st Floor Corridor, South Wing (Wilkins Building), Gower Street, UCL.
Humans and chimpanzees last shared a common ancestor approximately 6.5 million years ago. Numerous species of hominins (human ancestors) have existed since then, but Homo sapiens (us) are the only species to still survive. ‘Human Evolution – the story of us’ gives you the chance to come face to face with those ancestors.
Meet ‘Lucy’, the famous Australopithecus afarensis, that roamed Eastern Africa approximately 3 million years ago and Australopithecus boisei with their massive jaws and teeth! Not forgetting the Neanderthals - did you know that the average European shares 1-4% of their DNA with a Neanderthal?
Featuring rarely displayed objects from UCL's Bio-Anthropology Collection, this exhibition will also feature tools that our
ancestors would have used in their daily quest for survival. UCL scientists will be on hand during the event to discuss the objects with visitors.
Sir William Ramsay Display
Ongoing. Location: Malet Place, UCL Engineering, corner of Torrington Place and Malet Street, UCL.
A small display on the third floor exhibiting objects exploring the work of
William Ramsay, the discoverer of the Nobel Gases. Ramsay taught at UCL
between 1887 - 1913, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1904 "in
recognition of his services in the discovery of the inert gaseous
The original sample of Cleveite from which Ramsay identified Helium forms part of the Geology Collection, and is displayed alongside the original scientific instruments Ramsay used to discover the gases.
For further information on the Engineering Department please visit their website. Please note that visitors will need to pass through a manned security barrier to view this display. Staff and students are asked to bring their UCL ID with them. Outside visitors will need to talk to the security officer on duty.
Digital Frontiers: Smart, Connected and Participatory.
5 July 2013 - 20 December 2013. Location: The Octagon Gallery
(Wilkins Building), UCL.
Digital Frontiers aimed to explore how emerging technologies are changing the way we access and experience culture and asks questions about the nature of art and technology.
The Geology Collections were represented by NASA images from the Regional Planetary Image Facility.
18March - 14th July 2013. Location: North Cloisters (Wilkins Building), UCL.
An exhibition by UCL research students, re-interpreting the museum collections through the theme of ‘foreign bodies’.
The Geology Collections were represented by a sample of the mercury ore Cinnabar, used as a red pigment for tattoos in the 19th century, and a piece of fused glass in lava, with an iron nail protruding, from the Johnston-Lavis Collection.
Please visit the Researchers in Museums website for more information.
27 November 2012 - 30 April 2013. Location: The Octagon Gallery
(Wilkins Building), UCL.
Model Translations was the first ever exhibition in the Octagon Gallery. The exhibition showcased objects – some never displayed before – from across UCL's museums and collections. These objects reveal creative encounters and explorations between scholars and the natural and made environment, but at times materialise world views that are problematic and difficult to reconcile today. The Geology Collections were represented by a rare 19th century map of Mount Etna, from the Johnston-Lavis Collection.
Habits, cleavages and fractures
1 - 4pm May 31st 2013. Location: The Rock Room, South Wing (Wilkins Building), UCL.
This special one off pop-up exhibition was staged by the Graduate Sculpture students from the Slade School of Fine Art.
'Habits, cleavages and fractures' featured the artists own work alongside the permanent displays and Geological Collections.
The artists were given free reign
to use their work to interpret the Rock Room space. The exhibition
involved a number
of objects and actions being inserted, tested and tried out within the
Impact! Pop-Up Exhibition
12.30 - 3pm March 1st 2013. Location: The Rock Room, South Wing (Wilkins Building), UCL.
Curated by UCL and Birkbeck PhD students from the Centre for Planetary Sciences Impact! featured NASA images of the Moon and Mars taken from the Regional Planetary Image Facility at UCL, one of only seven centres outside the USA (and the only in the UK) to house the archive of NASA planetary images from the 1960s until the present day.
Visitors were able to view photos of the Moon from Lunar Orbiter (1966-67) and Apollo missions (1963-72), and compare them to images of Mars taken by the Viking 1 and 2 Missions (1976 – 1980). The exhibition also featured meteorites from UCL and Birkbeck Collections.