UCL Museums & Collections research

UCL Museums & Collections develop internal and external dialogue, develop resources to support collections-based research, and facilitate funded projects meeting UCL's Grand Challenges and the impact agenda.

Major research projects

Four older people holding museum objects


A three year research project investigating the value of heritage encounters in social prescribing

hospital patient holding a figurine of Bastet


Exploring the value of touch and museum object handling in various contexts

3D Model of Faiance Shabti in Octagon Exhibition


Providing a collaborative virtual environment that allows users to participate in the design of spaces and exhibitions

Student looking curiously at animal skeleton during class at Grant Museum of Zoology

Object-based learning

Research into the benefits of using real objects in learning

William Morris Vine Embroidery, detail (c)William Morris Society

Share Academy

Aiming to encourage universities and museums in London to work together



Inviting visitors to be the curators, add their own interpretations to objects, share stories and join the conversation

Pauline Aitken, Confluence, Print, 1965

Spotlight on the Slade

Cataloguing 3,000 paintings, drawings and prints in UCL Art Museum's Slade Collections

Men packing archaeological finds in crates

Artefacts of Excavation

Relocating dispersed objects from British excavations in Egypt, 1880-1980

Timekeeper in Residence (c) Cathy Haynes

Past projects

An archive of past research projects