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Drawing Life

Drawing Life

Date: 13th January | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Join the Drawing Life workshops and find out how the act of drawing can unlock the complex relationships at work in nature. We will immerse ourselves in the natural world while exploring the wonderful specimens in the collection. Booking is essential https://drawinglifeworkshops2.eventbrite.co.uk

This event is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please email Dean Veall, d.veall@ucl.ac.uk.

Booking opens for February's Drawing Life on 10th January.

020 3018 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

Petrie Film Club Presents- Xena & Eros: Warrior Princess 'For Him the Bell Tolls'

Petrie Film Club Presents- Xena & Eros: Warrior Princess 'For Him the Bell Tolls'

Date: 22 January 2014 | Time: Doors open 6pm film and talk start at 6.30pm | Location: The Petrie Museum | Price: Free but booking fee applies see Eventbrite for booking www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/xena-and-eros-tickets-14134670179 | Age group: 18+

Petrie Film Club Presents Xena: Warrior Princess 'For Him the Bell Tolls'

In this episode of cult television series Xena: Warrior Princess we are introduced to Aphrodite and her son Cupid (Season 2, Episode 16, 1997). In a dispute involving a pair of human lovers and Aphrodite’s temples, Aphrodite accepts the wager that she can turn any man into a romantic hero, irresistible to all women. The man of choice is the hapless Joxer, who changes from bumbling comic character to dashing hero at the sound of a bell.

The film showing will be accompanied by a talk by Amanda Potter on the different aspects of Aphrodite from Greek myth.

0207 679 4138 | h.pike@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

Love, Lust and Longing in Greek Poetry and Image: Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing in Greek Poetry and Image: Freud and Eros

Date: Tuesday 27 January | Time: 6 – 8.30pm (talk starts at 7pm) | Location: Freud Museum London | Price: £10 & £7 concessions. Book via Freud Museum London. | Age group: Adults

Join the Petrie Museum for a visit to explore the imagery of Eros through the psychologist Sigmund Freud’s collection of antiquities and writings and the response of contemporary artists (including Jodie Carey and Edmund de Waal) in the exhibition Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing (22 October 2014 – 22 February 2015). This will be followed by a talk by Dr Peter Agocs (UCL Greek & Latin) on the use of Eros as an emblem of desire in Greek lyric poetry and what was understood by ‘Eros’ in the classical world.
Tickets via the Freud Museum: http://www.freud.org.uk/events/75774/-love-lust-and-longing-in-greek-poetry-and-image/
£10 & £7 concessions.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@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

The Imaginary Menagerie

The Imaginary Menagerie

Date: 31st January | Time: 1pm to 4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

In the Museum we have amazing and beautiful animals on display but some have to be seen to be believed like the quagga, a not very stripy zebra, or the duck billed platypus. Come along and be inspired by the natural world to create your own animal artwork in our Imaginary Menagerie with a Museum artist. Drop in between 1pm and 4pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

020 3018 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

How does stuff get into museums?

How does stuff get into museums?

Date: 5 February | Time: 6-8pm (doors open 6pm and event starts 6.30pm) | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free. Please book via: https://stuffintomuseums.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Any

An introduction to a new AHRC-funded research project that links field archaeology in Egypt to museum collections across the world. Emma Libonati & Alice Stevenson will explore the complex networks and stories that emerge from the circulation of excavated finds, as well as provide evidence for why the recent sales of Egyptian antiquities are so concerning.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@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

Drawing Life

Drawing Life

Date: 10th February | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Join the Drawing Life workshops and find out how the act of drawing can unlock the complex relationships at work in nature. We will immerse ourselves in the natural world while exploring the wonderful specimens in the collection. Booking is essential https://drawinglifeworkshops2.eventbrite.co.uk https://drawinglifeworkshops2.eventbrite.co.uk Booking will open on the 10th January

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

The Glass Ball Game: Play Reading

The Glass Ball Game: Play Reading

Date: 12 Feb 2014 | Time: 6-8pm (doors open 6pm, event starts 6.30pm) | Location: | Price: £3 Booking fee / drinks via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-glass-ball-game-play-reading-tickets-14508141241 | Age group: Over 16 years.

A live reading by members of UCL’s prized Classical Drama Society of Mike Walker’s radio play set in Egypt 130 AD, examining the ultimately tragic relationship of the Emperor Hadrian and the beautiful youth, Antinous. Followed by a discussion. Part of LGBT History Month.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@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

Caroline Lawrence: Scribes of Alexandria

Caroline Lawrence: Scribes of Alexandria

Date: Wednesday 18 February | Time: 2-4pm (activity starts for 45 min at 2pm & at 3pm) | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £3 booking fee / juice via Book via https://scribesofalexandria.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Family / children 8-12 years.

Join ‘Roman Mysteries’ writer Caroline Lawrence for a reading from and quiz based on her Egyptian based book The Scribes of Alexandria. There will be a chance to win signed copies of the book and explore a trail of riddles with the young detectives Nubia, Flavia, Jonathan and Lupus around the collections of the museum.

£3 booking fee / juice via https://scribesofalexandria.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Petrie Film Club presents The Hunger

Petrie Film Club presents The Hunger

Date: 18 February | Time: 6-8.30pm (doors open 6pm, talk & screening 6.30pm) | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/petrie-film-club-presents-the-hunger-uk-tony-scott-1983-tickets-14508345853 £5 donation requested. | Age group: Over 18 years old only.

Petrie Film Club presents The Hunger (UK, Tony Scott, 1983)
Based on Whitley Streiber’s best selling novel, screen legend Catherine Deneuve’s effortlessly elegant ancient Egyptian vampire prowls the demi-monde of early 80s New York in this visually and aurally stunning tale of immortality, yearning , solitude…and blood. Introduced by John J Johnston. Over 18 years old only. Part of LGBT History Month.

Book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/petrie-film-club-presents-the-hunger-uk-tony-scott-1983-tickets-14508345853
£5 donation requested.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@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

Objects of Desire

Objects of Desire

Date: 26 Feb 2014 | Time: 6-8pm (doors open 6pm, event starts 6.30pm) | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £3 via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/objects-of-desire-tickets-14508398009 | Age group: Over 16 years old.

Join Egyptologist John J Johnston and a host of academics and artistes as they discuss artefacts from the Petrie Museum and the stories they tell about the concepts of desire, both ancient and modern. Part of LGBT History Month.

Book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/objects-of-desire-tickets-14508398009
£3 booking fee / drinks

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@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

The Imaginary Menagerie

The Imaginary Menagerie

Date: 28th February | Time: 1pm to 4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

In the Museum we have amazing and beautiful animals on display but some have to be seen to be believed like the quagga, a not very stripy zebra, or the duck billed platypus. Come along and be inspired by the natural world to create your own animal artwork in our Imaginary Menagerie with a Museum artist. 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

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

Petrie Film Club presents Justine (1969)

Petrie Film Club presents Justine (1969)

Date: Thursday 5 March | Time: 6-8.30pm (doors open 6pm, event / film starts 6.30pm) | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £5 donation requested. Book via https://justinefilm.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Over 16 years old.

Based on the Lawrence Durrell novel, in 1930s Alexandria Darley, a young British schoolmaster and poet, is introduced by a British official Pursewarden to Justine, the mysterious wife of an Egyptian banker. But is Justine involved in a movement to arm the Jewish underground in Palestine and undermine British rule. Introduced by Michael Berkowitz (UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies).

Book via https://justinefilm.eventbrite.co.uk £5 donation requested.

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

Drawing Life

Drawing Life

Date: 10th 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

Join the Drawing Life workshops and find out how the act of drawing can unlock the complex relationships at work in nature. We will immerse ourselves in the natural world while exploring the wonderful specimens in the collection. Booking is essential https://drawinglifeworkshops2.eventbrite.co.uk Booking will open on the 11th February

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

Petrie Film Club presents The Cleopatras (1983)

Petrie Film Club presents The Cleopatras (1983)

Date: Thursday 12 March | Time: 6-8pm (doors open 6pm, event starts 6.30pm) | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £5 donation requested. Book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/petrie-film-club-presents-the-cleopatras-tickets-14508676843 | Age group: Over 15 years old.

Petrie Film Club presents The Cleopatras (BBC, John Frankau, 1983)
A rare screening of the first two episodes of this much underrated BBC2 television drama. Following in the tradition of I Claudius it paints a darkly comic picture of the pleasures, horrors and power politics of the royal court of Ptolemaic Alexandria from 145-30BC. Introduced by John J Johnston.

£5 donation requested. Book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/petrie-film-club-presents-the-cleopatras-tickets-14508676843

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

Petrie Film Club presents: Carry On Cleo (1964)

Petrie Film Club presents: Carry On Cleo (1964)

Date: Friday 13 March | Time: 6-8.30pm (doors open 6pm, event starts 6.30pm) | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £5 donation requested. Book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/petrie-museum-film-club-presents-carry-on-cleo-1964-tickets-14508716963 | Age group: Any

A screening of this classic British comedy in the unique Egyptological surroundings of the Petrie Museum. Filmed as a response to Hollywood’s epic ‘Cleopatra,’ (US, Joseph L Mankiewicz, 1963) it stars Amanda Barrie as a naïvely alluring Cleopatra VII and the inimitable Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar. Introduced by John J Johnston.

£5 donation requested. Book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/petrie-museum-film-club-presents-carry-on-cleo-1964-tickets-14508716963

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

Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals

Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals

Date: 16th March - 27th June | Time: Monday to Saturday 1pm to 5pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: All

When new regions are explored and the animals in them discovered, how does the wider world get to experience them? From the earliest days of exploration, art has been essential in representing creatures that are alien to people at home.

The Strange Creatures exhibition will explore the world of animal representations, featuring the painting of a kangaroo by George Stubbs which was recently saved for the nation. It was painted following Captain Cook’s first “Voyage of Discovery” and is Europe’s first image of an Australian animal.

Palaeontologists and historians of science, exploration and art from across University College London will tell stories from their own disciplines. Featuring medieval accounts of exotic creatures, art from the ages of exploration and empire, contemporary taxidermy and reconstructions of dinosaurs based on cutting-edge engineering principles, this exhibition questions how unknown animals are communicated to the wider public.

Strange Creatures: the art of the unknown animals, is part of Traveller's Tails a collaboration between Royal Museums Greenwich and four partner museums to investigate the history of exploration, art and science.

Image credit (c) National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

020 3108 2052 | zoology.museum@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

Petrie Film Club presents The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Petrie Film Club presents The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Date: Thursday 26 March | Time: 6-8.30pm (doors open 6pm, event starts 6.30pm) | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £5 donation requested. Book via https://petriefilmclubthespywholovedme.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Over 15

Starring Roger Moore, the tenth Bond film is set largely on location in Egypt with Karnak and the pyramids taking the part of spectacular backdrops to the action as James Bond travels across Egypt KGB agent Anya Amasova tracking stolen microfilm. Introduced by John J. Johnstone (UCL Institute of Archaeology).

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

The Imaginary Menagerie

The Imaginary Menagerie

Date: 28th March | Time: 1pm to 4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

In the Museum we have amazing and beautiful animals on display but some have to be seen to be believed like the quagga, a not very stripy zebra, or the duck billed platypus. Come along and be inspired by the natural world to create your own animal artwork in our Imaginary Menagerie with a Museum artist. 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