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Show'n'Tell: Soda Lakes

Show'n'Tell: Soda Lakes

Date: 22nd October | 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. Antonia Ford will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose her object. Find out more about Antonia's research on the unique habitat of the soda lakes of East Africa and the diversity of fish that inhabit them.
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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

Marvellous Mammals

Marvellous Mammals

Date: 27th October - 1st November | Time: 1pm-4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

From rhinos to wombats this half term we will be celebrating the beautiful and furry world of mammals. Come face-to-face with our marvellous mammals and have a chance to get your hands on and handle some of our fantastic specimens like elephant tusks, tiger skulls and leopard skin.

02031082052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

Great Lives from Ancient Africa: Mystery Hunt

Great Lives from Ancient Africa: Mystery Hunt

Date: Tuesday 28 October | Time: 2-4pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free | Age group: Family

Join the hunt around the Petrie Museum to find the identity of famous and not so famous figures from Egyptian history. Can you find the object and work out the name?


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

Book Launch & Networking: Histories of Egyptology - Interdiscplinary Measures

Book Launch & Networking: Histories of Egyptology - Interdiscplinary Measures

Date: 28 October | Time: 5.30-7.30pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free | Age group: Adult

Interested in histories of archaeology, Egyptology, museology, archives and related disciplines? Join us for informal drinks in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology to celebrate the new Routledge volume Histories of Egyptology: Interdisciplinary Measures. Meet the editor, William Carruthers, and other contributors, explore some of the archival materials held in the Petrie Museum, and network with colleagues interested in excavating archives.

Histories of Egyptology are increasingly of interest: to Egyptologists, archaeologists, historians, and others. Yet, particularly as Egypt undergoes a contested process of political redefinition, how do we write these histories, and what (or who) are they for? This volume addresses a variety of important themes: the historical involvement of Egyptology with the political sphere, the manner in which the discipline stakes out its professional territory, the ways in which practitioners represent Egyptological knowledge, and the relationship of this knowledge to the public sphere. Histories of Egyptology provides the basis to understand how Egyptologists constructed their discipline. Yet the volume also demonstrates how they construct ancient Egypt, and how that construction interacts with much wider concerns: of society, and of the making of the modern world.

020 7679 4138 | d.challis@ucl.ac.uk

Family Film Night: Night at the Museum

Family Film Night: Night at the Museum

Date: 28th October | Time: 6pm-8.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

What does happen to our specimens when we shut the doors at 5pm? Will you find our chimp climbing the balcony or our moles escaping the jar? Choose a spot amongst our skeletons and jars and enjoy a very special film screening of Night at the Museum and find out once and for all. Booking is essential, to book tickets visit www.familyfilmnight.eventbrite.com which will be live from 9th September.

This event is part of Night at the Museum Mile, delivered by inmidtown. To celebrate the release of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, in cinemas December 2014, take part in the Night at the Museum Mile trail during October half-term (17-31 October). The more museums you visit, the more chances you have to win amazing prizes, including a trip to LA for you and your family. For more information and to enter the competition, visit http://www.museum-mile.org.uk/.

THIS EVENT HAS NOW ALL SOLD OUT. TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST PLEASE CONTACT DEAN VEALL D.VEALL@UCL.AC.UK

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

Experiments in Form

Experiments in Form

Date: 29 October | Time: 1 - 3 p.m. | Location: Haldane Room, Wilkins Building, North Cloisters, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Join artist and Slade graduate Nadine Mahoney for this hands-on workshop exploring the influence of formal elements in the creation and the understanding of art.
You will explore, though discussion and making, how artists have long used the simple frame (you might want to select something else as your focus) to create complex works, hide and reveal aspects of their process and direct the gaze.

Free, booking required: https://experiments-in-form.eventbrite.co.uk

Part of UCL Art Museum on Tour season.

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

David Barnett: Gideon Smith and Fantasy Egypt in Victorian London

David Barnett: Gideon Smith and Fantasy Egypt in Victorian London

Date: Wednesday 29 October | Time: 6-8pm. Doors open 6pm & talk starts 6.30pm. | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free. Book via eventbrite: http://gideonsmith.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Over 16.

Join writer David Barnett in conversation on his Gideon Smith alternate history books. His first book in the series Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl takes the reader on a journey from Victorian Whitby to London down the Nile in Egypt where the reality behind Penny Dreadfuls and heroes of Empire becomes more clear.

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

From Tomb to Life: Family Workshop

From Tomb to Life: Family Workshop

Date: Thursday 30 October | Time: 3-5pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free. Book via: https://fromtombtolifepetrieworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Families (children 7-11 years approx)

Family workshop to explore our cabinet of curiosities, make your own museum object and bring it from a tomb to life at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology inspired by the new Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Afterwards, why not take a short break and then see the screening of the second Night at the Museum (2009) film after hours in the museum (separate booking essential)?

This event is part of Night at the Museum Mile, delivered by inmidtown. To celebrate the release of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, in cinemas December 2014, take part in the Night at the Museum Mile trail during October half-term (17-31 October). The more museums you visit, the more chances you have to win amazing prizes, including a trip to LA for you and your family. For more information and to enter the competition, visit http://www.museum-mile.org.uk/.

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

The Subversive Millinery: Collective Creativity

The Subversive Millinery: Collective Creativity

Date: 30 October | Time: 6pm-9pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, Council Room, South Wing, Gower Street, University College London, WC1E 6BT | Price: £15 per ticket as an average donation paid on the day of the workshop. | Age group: Adults

With Halloween just around the corner, join us at UCL Art Museum to tap into some collective creativity and make a unique headdress out of recycled materials.

During this evening of "anti-establishment" millinery, you will look at the creation and the cultural history of headpieces with Dr Susannah Walker, teaching fellow in the History of Art department and artist whose work uses textiles.

Find inspiration in works from our collection and in discussion with the group to make your own fascinator.

Booking required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ucl-art-museum-on-tour-subversive-millinery-collective-creativity-tickets-12429991439

Part of UCL Art Museum on Tour season.

Pay what you can workshop:

UCl Art Museum releases a limited number of tickets for ‘Pay What You Can’ workshops. There is no restriction (either way) to the amount you pay for your ticket. The main thing is that you pay what you can.

UCL Art Museum suggests £15 per ticket as an average donation paid on the day of the workshop.

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Family Film Night: Night at the Museum – Battle of the Smithsonian.

Family Film Night: Night at the Museum – Battle of the Smithsonian.

Date: Thursday 30 October | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free. Booking essential via: https://petrienightatmuseum2.eventbrite.co.uk This is fully booked but it is likely people will pull out. Please add your name to the waiting list on eventbrite. | Age group: Families / family groups with children under 14 only.

What happens in our museums after the doors close at night? Get an idea with a very special screening of Night at the Museum - Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.

This event is part of Night at the Museum Mile, delivered by inmidtown. To celebrate the release of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, in cinemas December 2014, take part in the Night at the Museum Mile trail during October half-term (17-31 October). The more museums you visit, the more chances you have to win amazing prizes, including a trip to LA for you and your family. For more information and to enter the competition, visit http://www.museum-mile.org.uk/.

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

The Gentlemen of Horror. Mr Cushing and Mr Lee

The Gentlemen of Horror. Mr Cushing and Mr Lee

Date: Friday 31 October | Time: 6-9pm. Doors open at 6pm and event starts at 6.30pm. | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £10. Book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gentleman-of-horror-tickets-12365831535 | Age group: Over 16.

When they first worked together in The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mummy, Peter Cushing was one of the most famous actors in Britain, while Christopher Lee was unknown.

For the next quarter of a century, these two killed each other again and again and became firm friends. As Christopher Lee became internationally famous, Peter Cushing gradually retired into a life of quiet obscurity. And yet neither quite lost their taste for blood...

Written by James Goss, Directed by Kate Webster and starring actors Will McGeough and Matthew Woodcock

Ticket price includes a glass of wine.

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

Halloween at the Grant

Halloween at the Grant

Date: 31st October | Time: 6.30pm-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £5 | Age group: Adults

Where better to spend Halloween than in a room of scary skeletons and skulls? If it’s “Eye of newt, and toe of frog” or “Wool of bat, and tongue of dog”, we’ve got all you could want for cooking up some toil and trouble this All Hallow’s Eve. Join us, if you dare, for a special late opening and discover the Museum after-dark, enjoy a drink and uncover some ghoulish animal facts along the way with Halloween themed specimen labels. There is no need to book, tickets are sold on the door and cost £5, which includes a free glass of wine. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed visitors. For a chance to win, all you have to do is tweet a photo of yourself in the Museum in costume @grantmuseum.

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@gmail.com

Festival of Geology

Festival of Geology

Date: 1st November | Time: 10am-4pm | Location: Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Families

The Festival of Geology is a partnership between UCL, the Geologists Association and Rockwatch. Take part in brilliant activities allowing you to handle fantastic fossils, marvellous minerals and remarkable rocks. Try your hand at gem panning, identifying minerals and casting fossils, or come and listen to the range of talks on topics as varied as tropical forests at the poles or Mars exploration or the colour of dinosaurs. This day-long celebration of all things geological is one not to be missed for rock enthusiasts of all ages. And for those who can’t get enough of rocks and fossils there are field trips on the Sunday of that weekend, see the leaflets available on the day for more information. The event is free and there is no need to book.

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

UCL Art Museum on Tour - Run Run Run London: The Runner's High and Creativity

UCL Art Museum on Tour - Run Run Run London: The Runner's High and Creativity

Date: 1 November | Time: 1-3pm | Location: UCL North Lodge, main entrance of University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT | Price: Free, booking required | Age group: Adults

Join artists Kai Syng Tan and Jo Volley in a hands-on, or rather, feet-on exercise exploring the links between running, the runner’s high and creativity. Meet Kai at UCL and run/walk with her to Hampstead Heath (approximately 3.5 miles).

As we run, we will share thoughts, personal anecdotes and speculations about how running can be conducive to problem-solving or bring about unusual modes of thinking that depart from how we think when we do not move or run. At our destination, we run into Jo, who shows us where she runs and looks out for oak apples that she uses in her artworks which we proceed to see in her studio located nearby. Who knows, after this run, you may run home feeling so energized that you go on to create a masterpiece. Or two.

Part of UCL Art Museum on Tour season.

Free, booking required at https://runners-high-and-creativity.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Petrie Film Club Presents Lucifer Rising by Kenneth Anger

Petrie Film Club Presents Lucifer Rising by Kenneth Anger

Date: Thursday 6 November | Time: 6-8pm (screening 6.30pm) | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free. £5 donation requested. Book via http://luciferrising.eventbrite.co.uk This is fully booked but it is likely people will pull out. Please add your name to the waiting list on eventbrite. | Age group: Over 18

A rare opportunity to see Kenneth Anger’s avant-garde classic Lucifer Rising, filmed on location at Avebury, Luxor, and Karnak. The screening is accompanied by a talk from Ethan Doyle White (UCL) focusing on the film's underpinning occult themes, and the way in which Anger reflected the esoteric views of archaeology and Egyptology promulgated in the ideas of infamous British occultist Aleister Crowley.

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

Art Macabre Life Drawing

Art Macabre Life Drawing

Date: Weds 12 November | Time: 6-8.30pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaology | Price: Tickets £10 available from: https://artmacabrepetrie.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Over 18 years.

Join Art Macabre for life drawing in an artistic journey back to Ancient Egypt, to explore the beauty, power and potency of some of the Petrie collections most stunning objects.

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

Drawing Life III

Drawing Life III

Date: 12th November | Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm | 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 ecology while exploring the wonderful specimens in the collection. Each workshop will bring to life a new ecological concept, join us for just one or come to all three to discover more about the rules of the natural world and experiment with new ways of seeing. Booking is essential http://drawinglifeworkshops.eventbrite.com

To find out more about the Drawing Life programme visit http://drawinglifeinthegrant.wordpress.com/about/

ALL DATES FOR THIS EVENT HAVE NOW BEEN SOLD. PLEASE EMAIL D.VEALL@UCL.AC.UK TO BE ADDED TO A RESERVE LIST

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: 15th Novemer | Time: 1pm-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

18th Annual Grant Lecture: Why aren't there any marsupial whales?

18th Annual Grant Lecture: Why aren't there any marsupial whales?

Date: 18th November | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Reproductive strategies vary wildly across vertebrates. Some species lay eggs, while other bear live young; some have larval stages with and undergo extensive changes before adult-hood, while others develop directly into forms similar to their parents. Young animals can be independent right from birth, whilst others, like us, can rely on lengthy parental care. Dr. Anjali Goswami will present her research on the evolutionary consequences of these different strategies focusing on marsupials using data drawn from broad sources such as long extinct museum fossils as well as developing embryos. This event is free and there is no need to book. Following the lecture will be a free wine reception and a private view of the Museum.

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

UCL Art Museum on Tour:  A Thousand Words at the Petrie

UCL Art Museum on Tour: A Thousand Words at the Petrie

Date: 20 November | Time: 6:30-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL | Price: Free, booking required https://thousand-words-uclam-petrie.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Adults

Join us to explore the longstanding relationship between creative writing and the visual arts.

Using the Petrie Museum’s rich collection of artefacts and works of art, participants will be led through creative writing exercises exploring rhetorical means to relate to art differently.

Free, booking required at https://thousand-words-uclam-petrie.eventbrite.co.uk

Part of UCL Art Museum on Tour season.

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

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: 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.

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 and forward again with Roger Luckhurst (author of The Mummy’s Curse. A True Story of a Dark Fantasy) on occult mappings of London. A Friday night mini-festival with a range of activities from fortune telling with Astrampsychos, making 3-D postcards from 1890s Egypt and a 1880s to 1920s disco.
For more details see facebook Excavating Objects at the Petrie Museum.

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: 2-5pm & 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