UCL Museums & Collections news

New AHRC grant will fund ‘Museums on Prescription’ research

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Museum objects in the community

A team of researchers led by Dr Helen Chatterjee (UCL Museums & Collections) will begin a new three year project this month, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to explore the value and role of museums in social prescribing.

UCL wins national public engagement award

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Focus on the positive

UCL Public and Cultural Engagement are celebrating success at the national Engage Competition Awards which took place on 11 June 2014 at the Natural History Museum.

UCL research showcased as part of Universities Week

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The Thing Is

UCL is featuring in a UK-wide campaign from 9–15 June to highlight the value and importance of university research to our everyday lives.

Digital art transforms fish bones into cosmic bodies and marine slugs in new ‘Subnature’ exhibition 

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ALTED Hydrozoa by Lan Lan 2014

A new art exhibition exploring the relationship between nature and its representations opens today at the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology.

UCL Petrie Museum launches 3D online object library

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UCL Petrie Museum launches 3D online object library

UCL’s Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, which holds one of the top specialist collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the world, has launched an interactive online 3D object library, allowing visitors to view the artefacts in the same way as curators.

Royal Tudor foundation stone rediscovered at UCL

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UCL unveiling event

A stone marking Henry VIII’s foundation of the Royal Naval Dockyard at Deptford 500 years ago has been rediscovered behind a false wall in the Geography department of UCL.

UCL Art Museum awarded grant from DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund

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UCL Art Museum is one of 40 museums across England who will benefit from grants designed to fund improvements that increase access and enhance the display of exhibits, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced today. 

Researchers pinpoint when the first kings ruled Egypt

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Petrie Museum

A team of scientists and archaeologists, including UCL’s Professor David Wengrow and Dr Alice Stevenson, have been able to set a robust timeline for the first eight dynastic rulers of ancient Egypt.

Michelin star restaurant add Bentham recipe to their menu

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Bentham recipe

An 18th Century recipe recommended by Jeremy Bentham for inmates of his proposed Panopticon prison has been added to the menu at St. John restaurant in London.

Earliest known iron artefacts come from outer space

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iron beads

Researchers have shown that ancient Egyptian iron beads held at the UCL Petrie Museum were hammered from pieces of meteorites, rather than iron ore. The objects, which trace their origins to outer space, also predate the emergence of iron smelting by two millennia.

Portrait of a Young Woman to be included in Art Everywhere

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UCL Art museum is proud to announce that Portrait of a Young Woman, a painting from our collection by artist Winifred Knights, will be included in Art Everywhere, a vast exhibition of the nation's favourite British art that will go on display on thousands of poster and billboard sites across the UK, from 12-25 August 2013.

Jeremy Bentham makes surprise visit to UCL Council

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Jeremy Bentham Provost

Jeremy Bentham was recorded as 'present but not voting' in acknowledgement of one of the most popular Bentham legends yesterday as he made a surprise appearance at Professor Sir Malcolm Grant's last ever UCL Council meeting.

Grant Museum taken over by artists for Sculpture Season

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Adorn My Sleep

Sculpture Season at the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL opens this week. 13 emerging artists from the UCL Slade School of Fine Art have been invited to re-curate the Museum’s spaces with their own sculptures, interpretations and installations.

Flaxman Exchange offers new perspectives on UCL collections

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Flaxman

A unique collaboration between UCL Art Museum and performance artist Marcia Farqhuar will explore the UCL Flaxman Gallery and the stories connected with renowned neoclassicist John Flaxman.

Inaugural 3D exhibition at UCL Qatar: Where Science Meets Heritage

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UCL Qatar has unveiled an exhibition entitled 3D Encounters: Where Science Meets Heritage, allowing the local public access to cutting edge 3D scanning technology of ancient artefacts for the first time.

Vote for the Petrie in Museums at Night competition

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petrie tablet

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology has been nominated in the Museums at Night Connect10 competition, an initiative designed to find the inspiring after hours cultural events in museums, galleries and heritage sites around the UK.

Help UCL Art museum in national BBC campaign

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Portrait of a Man - Unknown artist

UCL Art Museum has been chosen by the BBC to help spearhead their project to highlight the UK’s collection of oil paintings and the stories behind them.

Grant Museum of Zoology opens The Micrarium – a place for tiny things

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Cuttlefish

A new space that celebrates microscopic members of the animal kingdom opens this week at the Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL.

UCL News podcast: Getting Plastered at the Slade & Walking with Gosse

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UCL podcast

The UCL News podcast gives you the opportunity to listen to the latest news and research from around UCL every fortnight. Split up into three parts, you can either listen to the podcast all in one go, or save features for later listening.

Creative writing inspired by UCL's museums and collections

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150 school children are coming to UCL on 6 February to write fiction inspired by UCL’s wide range of museums and collections.

Chipping away at the history of plaster in sculpture and medicine

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death mask

A new exhibition about plaster and the casting process, highlighting the sculpture models of the neo-classical artist John Flaxman (1755-1826), starts at the UCL Art Museum this month.

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