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TIME-BASED MEDIA AT UCL ART MUSEUM

Date: 13 January - 28 March | Time: 1-5 pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: All |

This exhibition presenting selected works from the Slade School of Fine Art acquired by UCL Art Museum through the William Coldstream Prize looks at the way video, sound and multimedia are used to create a dialogue between the viewer and the work of art.

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk


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COLLECTING KNOWLEDGE IN MOTION

Date: 22 January-12 June | Time: 6am-9pm | Location: Octagon Gallery Ground Floor Wilkins Building | Price: Free | Age group: Any |

COLLECTING- KNOWLEDGE IN MOTION
An exhibition curated by Claire Dwyer (Geography), Margot Finn (History), Stefanie van Gemert (Dutch), Kate Smith (History) and Ulrich Tiedau (Dutch)

Collections, like Universities, are factories of knowledge. Institutionally, they often appear to be rooted in place, but spatially and intellectually, they exist in constant and dynamic motion. In this exhibition, we ask you to consider the tensions between stasis and movement in UCL and its collections. Why, where and how were UCL’s collections formed, preserved and curated? Why and how have they moved across space and over time?

sussanah.chan@ucl.ac.uk


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A FUSION OF WORLDS: ANCIENT EGYPT, AFRICAN ART AND IDENTITY IN MODERNIST BRITAIN EXHIBITION

Date: 11 March - 24 May | Time: 1-5pm Tues to Sat | Location: Petrie Museum | Price: Free | Age group: Any |

An exploration of the ways in which modernist artists – Jacob Epstein, Edna Manley and Ronald Moody – have been inspired by Ancient Egypt. The exhibition places these artists’ reworking of Egyptian art in context of their political, spiritual and gendered expressions of identity. Drawing on the influence of the Harlem Renaissance and ‘discovering’ African Art, this display repositions the work of artists, such as Jamaican born Ronald Moody, in the public memory.

Co-curated by Gemma Romain and Debbie Challis in conjunction with a team of community participants. Funded by UCL Grand Challenges: Intercultural Interaction as a joint initiative between The Equiano Centre, Geography, UCL and the Petrie Museum, UCL

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


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EASTER EGG-LAYING ANIMALS

Date: 8th -16th April | Time: 1pm-4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families |

For the Easter holidays, the Grant Museum is exploring the wonderful world of eggy animals. From penguins to platypuses, sharks to snails and bullfrogs to butterflies, our fantastic specimen-based activities will investigate the best shells and spawn. Come and unscramble our games and whip up some eggcitement with our amazing animal specimens. Drop in between 1pm and 4.30pm, this events are free and there is no need to book.

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


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CONGRESS OF RACES

Date: 6 May | Time: 6-8pm | Location: The Petrie Museum | Price: Free but booking via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/congress-of-races-w-e-b-dubois-and-w-m-f-petrie-in-conversation-tickets-9420148919 | Age group: Any |

A discussion led by Caroline Bressey (UCL Equiano Centre) and Debbie Challis based on letters between the archaeologist W. M. Flinders Petrie and African-American activist and intellectual W. E. B. DuBois on the ‘Negro problem’. These letters were published in The Crisis - A Record of the Darker Races (1912) after the two men had met at the 1911 Universal Races Congress. Part of A Fusion of Worlds exhibition.

events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk


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ART MACABRE AT THE PETRIE: EGYPTIAN TREASURES

Date: 7 May | Time: 6-8.30pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £10 Book via eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/art-macabre-at-the-petrie-egytpian-treasures-tickets-10867935287 | Age group: Over 18. |

Join Art Macabre on an artistic journey back to Ancient Egypt, to explore the beauty, power and potency of some of the Petrie collections most stunning objects of everyday use in a creative workshop where you will enjoy drawing nude figures alongside the objects.

020 7379 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk


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EGYPT IN LONDON: MODERNIST SCULPTURE WALK

Date: 10 May | Time: 2pm-4pm | Location: Meeting point given on booking. | Price: £5. Book via eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/egypt-in-london-modernist-sculpture-walk-tickets-11069213315 | Age group: any |

We will start at the Carreras ‘Black Cat’ building with a discussion of the popular image of Egypt in the 1920s. Then we will take the tube and/or walk to Jacob Epstein’s public sculpture in out door spaces in London, including Rima in Hyde Park, Day and Night in Westminster and the mutilated fragments on Zimbabwe House (formerly the British Medical Association HQ), which were savagely criticised by archaeologist Flinders Petrie. Linked to A Fusion of Worlds exhibition.

0207 679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk


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UCL MUSEUMS MURDER MYSTERY FOR MUSEUMS AT NIGHT

Date: 16th May | Time: 6.30pm-9pm | Location: Starts in the J.Z. Young Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults |

Something is afoot at UCL Museums, a body has been discovered on campus and we need your help to solve the murder. Was it Prof.. Grant in the Grant Museum with the elephant tusk? Or perhaps Mr. Bentham in the Octagon Gallery with the walking stick? Or Miss Edwards In the Petrie Museum with the water clock?

Join us for an evening of intrigue and subterfuge, solve the clues across the Museum to crack the UCL Museum murder mystery. Come as a team of up to five and there are prizes to be won for the team who can solve the case as well as for best dressed detectives on the night.

The event is followed by a free drinks reception and a private view of the Grant Museum of Zoology. This event is part of Museums at Night and is free, there is no need to book.

020 3108 2052 | zoology.museum@ucl.ac.uk


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FROM BROKEN SHED TO POT - DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF PETRIE'S DRAWING MACHINE

Date: 17 May | Time: 5-7pm | Location: The Petrie Museum | Price: Free but book via eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-broken-shed-to-pot-discover-the-magic-of-petries-drawing-machine-tickets-11069552329 | Age group: ANY |


As part of Museums at Night and led by Studio Manifold join us for an evening of drawing and sketching using a replica of Petrie’s drawing machine. His homemade contraption was used to identify from broken pot fragments just what the original pot would have looked like.

0207 679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk


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SUBNATURE

Date: 21st May to 19th July | Time: 1pm to 5pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: All |

Relics of nature often go unnoticed until they are placed behind the glass of a camera lens or display case.

Subnature is an installation of sculptures and prints produced by Lan Lan (UCL Slade School of Fine Art), set amongst the skeletons and specimens in jars of the Grant Museum of Zoology. The starting point for each artwork began with regenerating fish bone into contemporary phantom creatures.

The exhibition explores the relationships between nature and its representation. The forms and aesthetics of the installations seek to preserve the longevity of the bony creations by using light and digital processing technology.

020 3108 2052 | zoology.museum@ucl.ac.uk


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PHALLIC POTS

Date: 22 May | Time: 6-8pm talk starts at 6.30pm | Location: The Petrie Museum | Price: Free but booking through events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk | Age group: 18 Plus |

Explore our unusual terracotta pots depicting enormous phalluses being led in a procession as well as the relationship Egyptologists such as Petrie had with such sexually explicit material they uncovered in Egypt. With Jennifer Grove, researcher at Sex and History Project, University of Exeter.

0207 679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk


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AS BRITISH AS A BADGER?

Date: 22nd May | Time: 7pm to 9pm | Location: J.Z. Young Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults |

In Britain we have lost some of its most treasured wildlife the large blue butterfly, the grey wolf, the giant deer, the Baryonyx. So given the chance, what species would you rewild into the UK?

Our expert panel will be pitching for your votes over two rounds to decide which species of animal that at some point in the history of life have lived here, they would like to see roam the UK once more. The decision is in your hands! (Note, the Grant Museum can not guarantee the winning species will be re-introduced).

So, join us for an evening off fun whimsy as we delve into the rich diversity of animal life that has inhabited these islands. This event is free, there is no need to book and will be followed by a private view of the Museum.

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


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RAVENOUS REPTILES

Date: 27th to 31st May | Time: 1pm to 4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families |

From dinosaurs to venomous snakes this half-term we will be celebrating the terrifying and beautiful world of reptiles. Come face to face with our ravenous reptiles and be amazed at some of our fantastic specimens like the world’s largest crocodile or tiny chameleons Join us to take part in fun hands-on specimen based activities. 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


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GAMES AT THE GRANT

Date: 27th May | Time: 7pm to 9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults |

Shuffle your cards and roll your dice for a night of fun and fierce competition. In the inaugural Games at the Grant, UCL researchers inspired by language, literature and the UCL Collections, will be your games masters. Try out a range of new games and battle for the ultimate prize. May the odds be ever in your favour.

Part of UCL Festival of the Arts

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


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PETRIE FILM CLUB PRESENTS THE CAT CREATURE (CURTIS HARRINGTON ,1973)

Date: 28 May | Time: Doors door open at 6pm and talk and film begins at 6.30pm. | Location: The Petrie Museum | Price: Free but booking essential on Eventbrite | Age group: 18+ |

A rare opportunity to see this television movie from the pen of Robert Bloch, master of the macabre short story and original author of 'Psycho,' involving a cursed amulet and feline terrors from Egypt's ancient past. Introduced by Egyptologist John J Johnston.

0207 679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk


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NEW POEMS

Date: 29 May | Time: 6-8pm | Location: The Petrie Museum | Price: Free but book through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-poems-from-al-saddiq-al-raddi-tickets-11069265471 | Age group: Any |

Join Sudanese poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi and the Poetry Translation Centre for the first reading of his poems in Arabic with English translations in response to the museum’s collections from Meroë, Sudan. Poet in residency funded by Arts Council England.

0207 679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk


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JUST OUR WILD BEHAVIOUR?

Date: 5th June | Time: 7pm to 9pm | Location: J.Z. Young Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults |

Our species has changed the planet in a way no other animal has done in the history of life on Earth. From the unwilding of wilderness to the taming of nature to affecting the planet’s climatic systems, the planet we inhabit today is markedly different from the planet when we first evolved. But are we any different from how other species effect their environment? Join us for a panel discussion as we discuss this question and hear about how other social complex species , such as termites, affect their environment. This event is free, there is no need to book and will be followed by a private view of the Museum.

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


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FESTIVAL OF POTS: CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF THE FRIENDS OF THE PETRIE MUSEUM

Date: Saturday 7 June | Time: 12-4pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free | Age group: Any |

Join us in Malet Place and The Petrie Museum to celebrating everything good about the humble pot. Have a go at making pots watch a demonstration of smoke firing, take part in the pot orchestra and find out what happens to the biggest pot we have made!
A free drop in festival with themed refreshments to buy.

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


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RE-WILDED EUROPE

Date: 11th June | Time: 7pm to 9pm | Location: J.Z. Young Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults |

If you venture into the woods in parts of Europe you may well be in for a big surprise, look out for brown bears, Eurasian lynx and otters. These along with a number of other animals are making a remarkable comeback from historical low levels all across the continent. Join us as we find out more about the reasons behind this upward trend despite a worldwide decline in biodiversity and what that means for wildlife here in the UK. This event is a Grant Museum of Zoology event and free, there is no need to book

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


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FROM BROKEN SHERD TO POT

Date: 12 June | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free book via eventbrite. | Age group: Any |

A look at how Flinders Petrie used his drawings of pots to develop his seriation system of dating that led to him being named the father of scientific archaeology. We will be drawing and sketching using a replica of Petrie’s drawing machine that he used to piece together complete pots from fragments. Part of Universities Week.

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


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SHOW’N’TELL: ANCIENT DNA

Date: 13th June | 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. Elizabeth Jones will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose her object. Find out more about Elizabeth’s work on the history of research on ancient DNA, the search and recovery of genetic material from fossil plants and animals.

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


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EXPLORE ZOOLOGY

Date: 14th June | 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


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PETRIE FILM CLUB PRESENTS: XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS ‘HOOVES AND HARLOTS’

Date: 19 June | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free (donation requested for refreshments) book via eventbrite. | Age group: Any |

Find our inner TV Amazon this summer as part of our themed series assessing fantasy and SF uses of classical mythology in television. A tribe of Amazons capture a male Centaur accused of killing an Amazon princess, and intend to execute him according to their customs. Xena suggests that justice can be achieved another way. Introduced by Amanda Potter.

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


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RE-GREENING THE ARCTIC

Date: 19th June | Time: 7pm to 9pm | Location: J.Z. Young Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults |

What will the Arctic look like in the 2050’s? Could a warming climate re-green this frozen world and what would that mean for the animals and plants that inhabit it? Find out more and join us for a talk by Dr. Richard Pearson as he highlights the effects that climate change is having on biodiversity in habitats such the Arctic and on how a changing climate could affect groups of animals such as amphibians and reptiles. This event is free, there is no need to book and will be followed by a private view of the Museum.

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


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SHOW’N’TELL: MANGROVES

Date: 27th June | 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. Clare Duncan will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to find her object. Find out more about Clare’s research investigating one of the planet’s most ecologically and economically important habitats, mangroves.


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


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CALL OF THE WILD (1935) ON THE BIG SCREEN

Date: 4th July | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: J.Z. Young Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults |

At the height of summer join us as we set out on the mightiest adventure of all across the icy wilds of the Yukon. Armed with just a map Jack Thornton heads out across the wilderness with his trusty sled dog, Buck. Jack battles against the elements in search of an untapped gold mine, but who will be triumphant?


Historian of Biology and film-buff Professor Joe Cain (UCL Science and Technology Studies) will introduce the film which is followed by a free drinks reception in the Museum. This event is free and there is no need to book.

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


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SHOW’N’TELL: AMPHIBIANS

Date: 11th July | 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 Meredith will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to find her object. Find out more about Helen’s research on the conservation of some of the world’s most endangered animals, the amphibians. .

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


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EXPLORE ZOOLOGY

Date: 12th July | 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 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


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PETRIE MUSEUM PRESENTS SUPERNATURAL ‘THE SLICE GIRLS’

Date: 17 July | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free - £5 donation requested. Book via eventbrite. | Age group: Adult |

Find our inner TV Amazon this summer as part of our themed series assessing fantasy and SF uses of classical mythology in television. After spending the night with a strange woman demon hunter Dean’s life is at risk, when he finds out that he has impregnated an Amazon. Introduced by Amanda Potter.
For details of how to join the Petrie Film Club please email events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

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


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WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WILDLIFE

Date: 29th July to 2nd August | Time: 1pm to 4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families |

Flying lizards, giant starfish, duck-billed platypuses, thorny devils and spiny anteaters, the Grant Museum is home to some Weird and Wonderful Wildlife. Join us to take part in fun hands-on specimen based activities and come face to face with these beasts and many more. 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


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PETRIE FILM CLUB PRESENTS: STARGATE SG1 ‘BIRTHRIGHT’

Date: 21 August | Time: 6 - 8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free, £5 donation requested. | Age group: Adult. |

Find our inner TV Amazon this summer as part of our themed series assessing fantasy and SF uses of classical mythology in television.
A group of female Jaffa warriors have founded a separate colony, saving girl children who would have been sacrificed at birth. The Stargate team try to persuade the female Jaffa that they do not have to kill male Jaffa in order to survive. Introduced by Amanda Potter.

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