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The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

Date: Tuesday 24 May 2016 | Time: 1.15-1.45pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join one of our wonderful Petrie volunteers for a lunchtime talk revealing the fascinating artefacts from the Amarna period in the collection. From brightly coloured faience beads and adornments to representations of the 'heretic' Pharaoh Akhenaten and his enigmatic wife Nefertiti journey back 3,000 years and immerse yourself in the treasures of Amarna.

Drop-in, no booking required

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

UCL Art Museum Film Club: Marat/Sade

UCL Art Museum Film Club: Marat/Sade

Date: 24 May | Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street | Price: We welcome a small donation | Age group: Adults

Join us for a screening of director Peter Brook’s iconic play Marat/Sade. In 1808 at the Charenton Insane Asylum just outside Paris, the inmates of the asylum are mounting their latest theatrical production, written and produced by the most famous inmate of the facility, the Marquis de Sade. The play is a retelling of a period in the French Revolution culminating with the assassination exactly fifteen years earlier of revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat by peasant girl Charlotte Corday.

Popcorn and a refreshment will be provided.

We welcome a small donation.

Please book at https://marat-sade.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

What We Know About Scandinavia

What We Know About Scandinavia

Date: 25 May | Time: 1-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street | Price: Free | Age group: All

Recent years have seen an increased focus on Scandinavia. ‘Nordic Noir’, with its gloomy landscapes and characters, now exists alongside more traditional conceptions, such as the modern welfare state, trolls, mermaids and polar bears. What is often left out of these narratives are the connections – academic, political, cultural – that the Scandinavian countries have always had with the rest of Europe and the world.

UCL’s Collections hold a number of original items which provide a fascinating insight into Scandinavian history and culture. The history of these items was explored by Scandinavian Studies students, and will be presented in this pop-up exhibition which casts light on the historical relationship between the UK and Scandinavia from the nineteenth century onwards.

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Skullpture at the Grant Museum

Skullpture at the Grant Museum

Date: Monday to Saturday, 26th May to 6th August | Time: 1-5pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: All

Sculpture students from the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL have been invited to create works in response to the Museum’s collections, science and history. The brief is wide – they may place works among the Museum’s own objects, take over entire cabinets, or use other voids and spaces. Alongside the Museum’s historic skeletons, skulls and specimens preserved in jars, the new works will engage with animal/human encounters and transform the historic zoological museum.

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

Pop-Up display: Shakespeare in the Art Museum

Pop-Up display: Shakespeare in the Art Museum

Date: 27 May | Time: 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: ALL

All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts (As You Like It)

Imagine yourself in the theatre with the Art Museum as the stage for this Pop-Up display of prints and drawings, playing their part in referencing and connecting with the work of William Shakespeare. Curated by Professor Helen Hackett and art historian and Honorary Professor Karen Hearn, both UCL Department of English, the Pop-Up will explore the way in which the collection has been used for teaching and discussing Shakespeare in new and exciting ways. You can find out more about this and other events by going to Pop-Up displays.

To book please go to popupdisplayshakespeare.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: 28 May 2016 | Time: 1.30-4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Create works of art inspired by some of the weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a name and add it to our collection in our family art day with our Museum artist.

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

Hungry Hungry Herbivores

Hungry Hungry Herbivores

Date: 31 May 2016 to 04 June 2016 | Time: 13:00-16:30 | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

From dugongs to hippos and camels to snails join us for this half-term holidays as we investigate some huge herbivores and some marvellous munchers. Take part in our fun specimen based activities and discover which animal is the hungriest herbivore plus really important questions like who produces the most poo. This event is free and there is no need to book. Drop in between 1pm and 4.30pm.

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

Family Fun: Shadow Puppets in the Petrie

Family Fun: Shadow Puppets in the Petrie

Date: Tuesday 31 May 2016 | Time: 2-4.30pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £3 | Age group: ALL

Travel back in time with the Petrie Museum and puppeteer Allison Ouvry to explore the glamourous lives of the world's first Posh and Becks, Nefertiti and Akhenaten. Using artefacts from the period when they ruled Egypt, we'll create a magical puppet show about their lives and times, using music, shadows and your imagination!

To book please go to egyptianshadowpuppets.eventbrite.co.uk

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Revolutionary Deaths: Art Macabre at UCL Art Museum

Revolutionary Deaths: Art Macabre at UCL Art Museum

Date: 31 May | Time: 7pm-9pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street | Price: £15 | Age group: Adults

Join us for a unique evening of drawing and history. View the exhibition Revolution under a King: French Prints 1789-92 and draw life models posing in theatrical tableaux, capturing the spirit and drama of the French Revolution. Create your own illustrations from these key moments in history.

Tickets are £15 and include a refreshment and basic drawing materials. Please book at https://revolutionary-deaths.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Family Fun: Shadow Puppets in the Petrie

Family Fun: Shadow Puppets in the Petrie

Date: Thursday 2 June 2016 | Time: 2-4.30pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £3 | Age group: ALL

Travel back in time with the Petrie Museum and puppeteer Allison Ouvry to explore the glamourous lives of the world's first Posh and Becks, Nefertiti and Akhenaten. Using artefacts from the period when they ruled Egypt, we'll create a magical puppet show about their lives and times, using music, shadows and your imagination!

To book please go to egyptianshadowpuppets2.eventbrite.co.uk

0207 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Two women on thin ice: an artist, a scientist, and the curious case of the vanishing ice caps

Two women on thin ice: an artist, a scientist, and the curious case of the vanishing ice caps

Date: 7 June | Time: 1-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: All

Join Arts Council award-winning artist Zsuzsanna Ardó and UCL Polar scientist Rachel Tilling to explore together the changing face of the Arctic, and the different ways of working there as an artist and a scientist. On separate expeditions they worked in the Arctic using the ingenuity, tools and methods of their field. Their UCL Art Museum event invites you to a brief scientific overview of the Arctic, followed by a pop up art session and an polar self-portrait art workshop. Some of the pieces produced in the workshop will be considered for inclusion in their collaborative exhibition at UCL in November-December. More information about the project on Ateliér Ardó.

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

Date: Thursday 9 June | Time: 1.15-1.45 | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join one of our wonderful Petrie volunteers for a lunchtime talk revealing the fascinating artefacts from the Amarna period in the collection. From brightly coloured faience beads and adornments to representations of the 'heretic' Pharaoh Akhenaten and his enigmatic wife Nefertiti journey back 3,000 years and immerse yourself in the treasures of Amarna.

Drop-in, no booking required

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Grant Museum After Hours: Animal Showoff

Grant Museum After Hours: Animal Showoff

Date: 09 June 2016 | Time: 18:30 - 21:30 | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £6 | Age group: Adults

What would happen if we invited experts in every type of fauna* to make funny about the animals they know and love (or hate) for just 9 minutes? Animal Showoff is what! Join as for a stand-up show with a difference as some of the animal kingdom's biggest fans share their zoological based jokes, stories and much.



*warning, may also contain plants, rocks and fossils.

The animals and acts who will be performing (note. will not feature actual live animals, plenty of dead ones though) will be announced very soon. Watch this space.

Tickets are £6 and booking is essential. To book your ticket visit our Yplan page

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

Date: Tuesday 14 June | Time: 1.15-1.45 | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join one of our wonderful Petrie volunteers for a lunchtime talk revealing the fascinating artefacts from the Amarna period in the collection. From brightly coloured faience beads and adornments to representations of the 'heretic' Pharaoh Akhenaten and his enigmatic wife Nefertiti journey back 3,000 years and immerse yourself in the treasures of Amarna.

Drop-in, no booking required

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Dead, Life Drawing

Dead, Life Drawing

Date: 14 June 2016 | Time: 18:30 - 21:00 | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £6 | Age group: Adults

With cabinets full of (not so alive) life models from across the animal kingdom in some remarkable poses we invite you to join us for a lively evening of drawing. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced our sessions are led by a Museum artist to give you insight and confidence in a wide range of drawing practices. Materials will be provided.

Tickets cost £6 and booking is essential, visit grantmuseum.eventbrite.com to book your ticket.

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

Nefertiti: defining beauty

Nefertiti: defining beauty

Date: Wednesday 15 June 2016 | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £5 includes a glass of wine | Age group: ALL

An evening exploring ideas of beauty and the role of Nefertiti as a black icon. Beginning with a talk by Kandace Chimbiri on how Nefertiti has defined (or not) ancient Egyptian Beauty, you can then take part in an artistic activity lef by Lauren Craig that explores the concept of beauty itself.

To book please go to nefertitidefiningbeauty.eventbrite.co.uk

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

Date: Thursday 16 June | Time: 1.15-1.45 | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join one of our wonderful Petrie volunteers for a lunchtime talk revealing the fascinating artefacts from the Amarna period in the collection. From brightly coloured faience beads and adornments to representations of the 'heretic' Pharaoh Akhenaten and his enigmatic wife Nefertiti journey back 3,000 years and immerse yourself in the treasures of Amarna.

Drop-in, no booking required

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Amarna Revealed

Amarna Revealed

Date: Thursday 16 June 2016 | Time: 6-7.30pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE (includes glass of wine) | Age group: ALL

Join specialist in Amarna archaeology, Lucia Gahlin as she gives her insights into this fascinating period. The Amarna period comes during the latter half of the 18th Dynasty when the royal residence of the pharaoh and his queen was shifted to Akhetaten (the archaeological site, Amarna). Gahlin will shed light on this period, one of Ancient Egypt’s most exciting, highlighting some of the Petrie Museum’s finest examples and referencing the current exhibition 'Akhenaten: Heretic, Visionary and Icon'.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Focus on the Positive

Focus on the Positive

Date: 16 June | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults



Fancy yourself the next Simon Cowell or Alesha Dixon? UCL needs your help to choose worthwhile research projects to receive real money. At Focus on the Positive, we want you to make the decision on what small research project stands the best chance of tackling big issues.

You’ll meet some of UCL’s inspiring researchers who will explain their research idea and, with the help of our host, your favourite project will get £2,000 to fund their ambitions to change the world.

It’s a great opportunity to debate some big questions, meet people who are passionate about changing the world for the better, and make a difference!

Who will make the cut? Which project will go forward to make the world a more positive place? You decide!

Tickets are free but booking is essential, visit grantmuseum.eventbrite.com to book tickets

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: 18 June 2016 | Time: 13:00-16:00 | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Ever wondered how heavy an elephant tusk is or how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many scales a pangolin has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists for our family hands-on specimen based activities and be inspired to ask these questions and many more with our enthusiastic museum educators. Come along and be amazed at the natural world.

Drop in between 1pm and 4pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

Date: Tuesday 21 June | Time: 1.15-1.45 | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join one of our wonderful Petrie volunteers for a lunchtime talk revealing the fascinating artefacts from the Amarna period in the collection. From brightly coloured faience beads and adornments to representations of the 'heretic' Pharaoh Akhenaten and his enigmatic wife Nefertiti journey back 3,000 years and immerse yourself in the treasures of Amarna.

Drop-in, no booking required

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

Date: Thursday 23 June | Time: 1.15-1.45 | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join one of our wonderful Petrie volunteers for a lunchtime talk revealing the fascinating artefacts from the Amarna period in the collection. From brightly coloured faience beads and adornments to representations of the 'heretic' Pharaoh Akhenaten and his enigmatic wife Nefertiti journey back 3,000 years and immerse yourself in the treasures of Amarna.

Drop-in, no booking required

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Early Computer Art Pop-up Display

Early Computer Art Pop-up Display

Date: 25 June | Time: 1-2:30pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: All

Please join us for an exceptional weekend pop-up display of early computer art by artist Chris Crabtree.

As early as the 1970s, Slade School of Fine Art was a vibrant hub of artists mixing traditional printmaking techniques and computer programming. The result was some fascinating work combining maths, arts and computer programming that Chris Crabtree pioneered during his time as a student at Slade.

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: 25 June 2016 | Time: 1:30-4.00pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Create works of art inspired by some of the weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a name and add it to our collection in our family art day with our Museum artist.

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.00pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

Akhenaten: Heretic, Visionary and Icon

Akhenaten: Heretic, Visionary and Icon

Date: 23 February – 30 June 2016 | Time: Museum Opening Times | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free | Age group: Any

A display highlighting the magnificent objects in the Petrie Museum’s collection from Amarna that also explores the ambiguous and contentious figure of Akhenaten. Considered by some as ‘deviant’, by others as a hero, can we ever know who Akhenaten really was or can we only creatively imagine him in opera, art and fiction?

A themed trail to Amarna material on display in the museum collection is available.

Displayed in conjunction with Philip Glass’ Akhnaten at the English National Opera (4-18 March 2016).

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

Date: Thursday 30 June | Time: 1.15-1.45 | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join one of our wonderful Petrie volunteers for a lunchtime talk revealing the fascinating artefacts from the Amarna period in the collection. From brightly coloured faience beads and adornments to representations of the 'heretic' Pharaoh Akhenaten and his enigmatic wife Nefertiti journey back 3,000 years and immerse yourself in the treasures of Amarna.

Drop-in, no booking required

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Professor Joe Cain’s Film Night: The Giant Behemoth (1959)

Professor Joe Cain’s Film Night: The Giant Behemoth (1959)

Date: 6 July | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Marine atomic tests have caused the resurrection of a long dormant ‘dinosaur’ “The biggest thing since time began” is back and is on a rampage that threatens all of London. Join historian of Biology and film-buff, Professor Joe Cain, as he presents the classic British-American sci.fi. hit, The Giant Behemoth. Prof. Joe Cain returns to the Grant Museum to shares his love of this cult classic in his LAST EVER film night. The film is followed by a free wine reception at the Museum.

This event is free and there is no need to book and seats are released on a first come basis.

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

Dead, Life Drawing

Dead, Life Drawing

Date: 12 July 2016 | Time: 18:30-21:00 | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £6 | Age group: Adults

With cabinets full of (not so alive) life models from across the animal kingdom in some remarkable poses we invite you to join us for a lively evening of drawing. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced our sessions are led by a Museum artist to give you insight and confidence in a wide range of drawing practices. Materials will be provided.

Tickets are £6 and booking is essential. Tickets can be purchased from grantmuseum.eventbrite.com

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

Date: Wednesday 13 July 2016 | Time: 1.15-1.45pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join one of our wonderful Petrie volunteers for a lunchtime talk revealing the fascinating artefacts from the Amarna period in the collection. From brightly coloured faience beads and adornments to representations of the 'heretic' Pharaoh Akhenaten and his enigmatic wife Nefertiti journey back 3,000 years and immerse yourself in the treasures of Amarna.

Drop-in, no booking required

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: 30 July 2016 | Time: 13:00-16:00 | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Ever wondered how heavy an elephant tusk is or how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many scales a pangolin has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists for our family hands-on specimen based activities and be inspired to ask these questions and many more with our enthusiastic museum educators. Come along and be amazed at the natural world.

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: 23 July | Time: 1-4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Create works of art inspired by some of the weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a name and add it to our collection in our family art day with our Museum artist.

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk