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One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975) on the Big Screen

One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975) on the Big Screen

Date: 25th November | Time: 6.30pm - 9pm | Location: J.Z. Young Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

In this classic comic espionage a team of nannies join forces with Scotland Yard and set off to find top secret documents stolen by Chinese spies and hidden within the skeleton of a dinosaur that now sits in the Natural History Museum, Historian of Biology and film-buff Professor Joe Cain (UCL Science and Technology Studies) will introduce the film that will make you question your very existence. The film is followed by a free drinks reception in a private view of the Museum. This event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Show'n'Tell: Great Apes

Show'n'Tell: Great Apes

Date: 26th November | Time: 1pm - 2pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

We have invited PhD students who carry out research here at UCL to showcase just one object from the Museum’s collection of 68,000 and tell you what they know about it. Josephine Msindai will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose her object. Find out more about Josephine’s research on the social structure and conservation of primates around Africa’s Lake Victoria.


Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm with the talk starting at 1:15pm and lasts around 30 minutes after which the speaker will be on hand to show you in more detail her chosen object for the last 15 minutes. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime and discover the stories hidden away in our collection. This event is free and there is no need to book.

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

UCL Art Museum Film Club in collaboration with UCL English

UCL Art Museum Film Club in collaboration with UCL English

Date: 26 November | Time: 6:30-8:30pm | Location: G6 Lecture Theatre, Institute of Archeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PY | Price: £5 donation requested, Popcorn will be provided. | Age group: Adults

Stories from the North
Explore the narratives that shape identity with this season of contemporary Canadian cinema.

My Winnipeg (2007)
Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this surreal portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Booking required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ucl-art-museum-film-club-my-winnipeg-tickets-12826144343

Part of UCL Art Museum on Tour season.

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Worlds Collide: Fin de Siècle Fantasy Egypt

Worlds Collide: Fin de Siècle Fantasy Egypt

Date: Friday 28 November | Time: 6-9pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and Malet Place | Price: Free | Age group: Any

Jump from the 21st century back over 100 years, then back to Ancient Egypt through our Friday night mini-festival including a range of activities from talks and fortune telling to mapping Fantastical Egypt and a 1880s to 1920s vintage disco.

With themed food and drink to buy, including Traditional G&Ts and Specialty 1860s Egyptian Traveller Cocktails from The Travelling Gin Company, come and explore the collision of Victorian imagination with Egyptian myth and fantasy...

Vintage Disco
Led by our very own Miss Bibi Synthe, a Lady Victorian Explorer and Artiste who will take you through the steps and moves to the tunes of the 1880s to the 1940s, such as He is an Englishman, Oriental Strut, I’m a Mummy – An Old Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra has a Jazz Band and Egyptian Fantasy curated by Miss Amara Thornton.

Consult the Ancient Oracle – Tarot Reading with Renuka
Legend has it that tarot cards came to Europe from Ancient Egypt, a repository of ancient wisdom to guide us through life. Renuka reads this wisdom in the guise of a Victorian fortune teller, using her extensive knowledge of the cards with insight and humour.

Map Fantastical Egypt
What does fantastical Egypt in London look like? Are there portals to the past? Do you have a story about a place in London where worlds collide? Obelisks on the Thames, Anubis in Hampstead, Sphinxes in Sydenham. . .

Explore our Cabinet of Curiosities
Look though our stereoscope to see 3-D slides from 'Egypt Through The Stereoscope’ (1905). Spin the zoetrope to see the figures from ancient hieroglyphics brought to life. View the panorama to take a modern virtual tour of the Nile and its street view influences in London.

Esoteric Egypt in London
Come and hear from Professor Roger Luckhurst (author of The Mummy’s Curse. A True Story of a Dark Fantasy) on occult mappings of London.
Blood, Dust & Celluloid: Fantasy Egypt on British Screens
John J Johnston’s heavily illustrated talk examines British film and television's fascination with tales of Egyptian horror and fantasy set during the fin de siècle and its immediate aftermath.




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

UCL Art Museum on Tour: A thousand words at the Grant

UCL Art Museum on Tour: A thousand words at the Grant

Date: 3 December | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Join Dr Chiara Ambrosio, Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science, to explore the longstanding relationship between creative writing and the visual arts. Using the Grant Museum’s rich collection of specimens and the Art Museum's works of art, participants will be led through creative writing exercises exploring rhetorical means to relate to art differently.

Free, limited places. Booking required.
https://thousand-words-uclam-grant.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

The Archaeology of Lawrence of Arabia

The Archaeology of Lawrence of Arabia

Date: Saturday 6 December | Time: 2.30-5.30pm & 6-10.30 pm. | Location: Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL Wilkins’ Building. | Price: £5 for seminar and reception. Book via eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-archaeology-of-lawrence-of-arabia-tickets-12316768787 | Age group: Any

The Petrie Museum / ASTENE / CBRL (Council for British Research in the Levant) presents an afternoon and evening exploring the legend of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. The afternoon seminar includes a lecture by writer and historian Anthony Sattin, author of new book Young Lawrence: a Portrait of the legend as a Young Man (published by John Murray October 2014), as well as historian and archaeologist Dr Neil Faulkner (Great Arab Revolt Project) on the archaeology of T. E. Lawrence’s guerrilla warfare.

After a short break there will be a drinks reception and Lawrence themed display in the Petrie Museum at 6pm, followed by a key scenes guide by Cathie Bryan (ASTENE) and screening of Lawrence of Arabia (1962) at 7pm.

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

UCL Art Museum Film Club in collaboration with UCL English

UCL Art Museum Film Club in collaboration with UCL English

Date: 10 December | Time: 6:30-8:30pm | Location: Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, University College London, WC1E 6BT | Price: £5 donation requested, Popcorn will be provided. | Age group: Adults

Stories from the North
Explore the narratives that shape identity with this season of contemporary Canadian cinema.

Barney's Version (2010)
This dark comedy, based on Mordecai Richler’s novel of the same title, traces the life and memories of Barney Panofsky, played by Paul Giamatti in a Golden Globe-winning performance. A hard-drinking, cigar-smoking, foulmouthed 65-year old hockey fanatic and television producer looks back on his successes and numerous professional and personal failures.

Booking required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ucl-art-museum-film-club-barneys-version-tickets-12826854467

Part of UCL Art Museum on Tour season.

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Queer Zoo

Queer Zoo

Date: 12th December | Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

An evening of performances, readings, interventions and provocations by artists and academics on naming and taxonomy.

The starting point for this event is the way in which Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people self-classify and order themselves into types, or are named by others. Queer Zoo will pay attention to the history and current influence of such labels. Through the frame of 'queer animality' and taxonomy, it will also stimulate broader thinking and discussion around the history and the development of categories of sexual orientation and gender identity/roles—‘homosexual’, ‘LGBT’, ‘queer’, ‘dissident’ etc.

As the inaugural event of the newly formed LGBTQ Research Network, Queer Zoo also offers a perfect opportunity to discuss and debate a name for the initiative.

Confirmed contributors include:

Oreet Ashery, Ginger Farbrother, Dr R. Justin Hunt, Juntae TJ Hwang, Dr Johanna Linsley, Dr Bob Mills, Regner Ramos, Olga Raciborska, Dr Sophie Robinson, Matt Smith, Jenkin Van Zyl.

Co-produced by Dr Ben Campkin (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture/Urban Laboratory), Dr R. Justin Hunt (Producer, I'm With You and NBR, Lecturer, Dance, University of Lincoln & Adjunct Professor of Sexuality Studies, Syracuse University, London) and Dean Veall (UCL Grant Museum). Organised and funded by UCL LGBTQ Research Network, The Grant Museum, UCL Urban Laboratory, UCL History of Art Department, UCL Office of the Vice Provost (Education), UCL LGBT+ Equalities Advisory Group

To register for this event email lgbtq-research@ucl.ac.uk. All welcome.

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: 17th January | Time: 1pm to 4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

We have rifled through our drawers and searched through our cabinets to bring out some of our most amazing animals for our family hands-on specimen based activities. Ever wondered what the skin of a python feels like or how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many spots a leopard has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists 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 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Show’n’Tell:  Lake Baikal

Show’n’Tell: Lake Baikal

Date: 23rd January | Time: 1pm to 2pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

We have invited PhD students who carry out research here at UCL to showcase just one object from the Museum’s collection of 68,000 and tell you what they know about it. Jennifer Adams will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose her object. Find out more about Jennifer’s research on the biodiversity of the wetlands of rivers surrounding the world heritage site of Lake Baikal in Siberia.

Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm with the talk starting at 1:15pm and lasts around 30 minutes after which the speaker will be on hand to show you in more detail her chosen object for the last 15 minutes. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime and discover the stories hidden away in our collection. This event is free and there is no need to book.

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

The Grant Museum’s Living Library

The Grant Museum’s Living Library

Date: 28th Januar | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Hidden within our specimens are stories that are just waiting to be told. Join us for an evening of conversations as UCL researchers bring to life the collection and share some of the stories of their research. For one night only they will be your living library books, using your library card you will have the chance to borrow them over the evening. Come find out more about their exciting research over a glass of wine and discover more about our specimens.

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

Show’n’Tell: Reptiles of the Seychelles

Show’n’Tell: Reptiles of the Seychelles

Date: 6th February | Time: 1pm to 2pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

We have invited PhD students who carry out research here at UCL to showcase just one object from the Museum’s collection of 68,000 and tell you what they know about it. Simon Maddock will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose his object. Find out more about Simon’s work using cutting edge DNA sequencing and CT scanning on the evolutionary relationship between of the reptiles and amphibians o n the tropical islands of the Seychelles.

Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm with the talk starting at 1:15pm and lasts around 30 minutes after which the speaker will be on hand to show you in more detail his chosen object for the last 15 minutes. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime and discover the stories hidden away in our collection. This event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: 7th February | Time: 1pm to 4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

We have rifled through our drawers and searched through our cabinets to bring out some of our most amazing animals for our family hands-on specimen based activities. Ever wondered what the skin of a python feels like or how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many spots a leopard has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists 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 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Valentines at the Grant

Valentines at the Grant

Date: 14th February | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £5 | Age group: Adults

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it, so where better to do it yourself than at the Grant Museum of Zoology. Whether you’re looking for love or seeking to impress your Valentine date, join us for a special late opening. Discover the Museum after-dark, enjoy a drink and uncover how seduction is done in the animal world with our Valentines themed specimen labels. There is no need to book just drop in any time between 6.30pm and 9pm, tickets are sold on the door and cost £5, which includes a free glass of wine.

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

Show’n’Tell: The Living Glass

Show’n’Tell: The Living Glass

Date: 25th February | Time: 1pm to 2pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

For a very special Show’n’Tell we have invited our Leverhulme Artist in Residence to showcase just one object from the Museum’s collection of 68,000 and tell you what they know about it. How do animals grow from glass? Find out more with Eleanor Morgan as she explores the Museum's glass sponge collection. These remarkable creatures are formed of 90% silica, the chemical from which glass is made.


Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm with the talk starting at 1:15pm and lasts around 30 minutes after which the speaker will be on hand to show you in more detail his chosen object for the last 15 minutes. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime and discover the stories hidden away in our collection. This event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Focus on the Positive

Focus on the Positive

Date: 26th February | Time: 6.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Worried about the world's problems? Focus on the Positive is an event that gives you a chance to make things better. Join us to hear UCL researchers pitch their ideas, and you can actually help to decide which ones will get funded.

The winning researcher gets a £2000 prize to fix the world and one runner up wins £1000.

For a very special Focus on the Positive, the Grant Museum welcomes some of UCL’s inspiring researchers who will tackle the big issues of today, inspired by the collection. They might want to use the money to bring their research into the real world, start a project or work with a charity. It’s a great opportunity to debate some big questions, meet people who are passionate about changing the world, and make a difference.

This event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Show'n'Tell:Ponds

Show'n'Tell:Ponds

Date: 27th February | Time: 1pm to 2pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

We have invited PhD students who carry out research here at UCL to showcase just one object from the Museum’s collection of 68,000 and tell you what they know about it. Helen Greaves will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose her object. Find out more about Helen’s work on agricultural ponds in the UK and how work towards their restoration supports some of the UK’s rarest animals and plants.

Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm with the talk starting at 1:15pm and lasts around 30 minutes after which the speaker will be on hand to show you in more detail her chosen object for the last 15 minutes. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime and discover the stories hidden away in our collection. This event is free and there is no need to book.

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

3rd Grant Museum (not in a) Pub Quiz

3rd Grant Museum (not in a) Pub Quiz

Date: 4th March | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Back for another year is The Grant Museum (not in a) Pub Quiz. Bring along your brainiest friends to form the ultimate team and compete at the chance of winning the much coveted Golden Glittery Lion. Do you know your jellyfish from your swordfish or your rabbits from your hares?? Join us as we delve into rounds of popular natural history with lots of treats in store throughout the night.

Teams of up to five people; free to enter but booking is essential. To register your team appoint a team captain and book your team on Eventbrite http://grantmuseumpubquiz3.eventbrite.co.uk Booking opens 12th January 2015.There is no need to register individual team members just register your team captain and the number in your team.

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

Fossil Forage

Fossil Forage

Date: 21st March | Time: 1pm to 4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Get stuck in at this free hands-on activity by sieving through our sediment that dates from a time over 50 million years ago, a time when London was underwater and patrolled by sharks and rays. Any fossils you find whilst sieving you get to keep, and they are all real. So come and join us for this free fun hands-on activity. Drop in between 1pm and 4.30pm.

Part of National Science and Engineering Week

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

Grant Museum Film Club: Skippy the Bush Kangaroo

Grant Museum Film Club: Skippy the Bush Kangaroo

Date: 24th March | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: Roberts Building, University College London, TORRINGTON PLACE, LONDON, WC1E 7JE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

“What’s that Skip, The kids are trapped down the old mine-shaft?” To celebrate our display of George Stubbs’ painting, The Konguroo from New Holland as part of our Strange Creatures exhibition, the Grant Museum film night is heading down under for back to back episodes of the classic Australian TV series Skippy Bush Kangaroo. Join Historian of Biology and film-buff Professor Joe Cain who will introduce a collection of his favourite episodes . The film is followed by a free drinks reception in a private view of the Museum. This event is free and there is no need to book.

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