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Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: 23 July | Time: 1-4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Create works of art inspired by some of the weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a name and add it to our collection in our family art day with our Museum artist.

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: 30 July 2016 | Time: 13:00-16:00 | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Ever wondered how heavy an elephant tusk is or how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many scales a pangolin has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists for our family hands-on specimen based activities and be inspired to ask these questions and many more with our enthusiastic museum educators. Come along and be amazed at the natural world.

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

Amazing Amarna - family activities

Amazing Amarna - family activities

Date: Tuesday 2 August 2016 | Time: 1.15-1.45pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

FREE, all ages welcome.

Can you crack the code and read ancient hieroglyphs?

Join one of our wonderful Petrie volunteers for a lunchtime activity revealing messages from the past. Learn about how to read the names of famous pharoah's such as Tutankhamun and Akhenaten.

We will lead you on a journey revealing the fascinating artefacts from the Amarna period. From brightly coloured faience beads and adornments to representations of the 'heretic' Pharaoh Akhenaten and his enigmatic wife Nefertiti journey back 3,000 years and immerse yourself in the treasures of Amarna.

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

Public Curating Takeover

Public Curating Takeover

Date: 5 August | Time: 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, | Price: Free | Age group: All

Have you ever wondered how curators work with museum collections to create exhibitions? Have you ever thought you might do a better job? If so, join us for a chance to curate your own public exhibition at UCL Art Museum. Over the course of an afternoon, you will see some of our exceptional works by Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Turner among others. Working with the staff at UCL Art Museum to think about what makes an exhibition, you will decide which works are on display and discuss the ins and outs of curatorial practice.

LImited places available, please book: http://public-curating-takeover.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Amazing Amarna - family activities

Amazing Amarna - family activities

Date: Tuesday 16 August 2016 | Time: 1.15-1.45pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

FREE, all ages welcome.

Can you crack the code and read ancient hieroglyphs?

Join one of our wonderful Petrie volunteers for a lunchtime activity revealing messages from the past. Learn about how to read the names of famous pharoah's such as Tutankhamun and Akhenaten.

We will lead you on a journey revealing the fascinating artefacts from the Amarna period. From brightly coloured faience beads and adornments to representations of the 'heretic' Pharaoh Akhenaten and his enigmatic wife Nefertiti journey back 3,000 years and immerse yourself in the treasures of Amarna.

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

Dead, Life Drawing

Dead, Life Drawing

Date: Tuesday 13 August | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £8 | Age group: Adults

With cabinets full of (not so alive) life models from across the animal kingdom in some remarkable poses we invite you to join us for a lively evening of drawing. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced our sessions are led by a Museum artist to give you insight and confidence in a wide range of drawing practices. Materials will be provided.

Tickets cost £8, booking is essential visit www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com Booking opens on 20th August.

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: Saturday 17 September | Time: 1-4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Ever wondered how heavy an elephant tusk is, how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many scales a pangolin has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists for our family hands-on specimen based activities 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 4pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Petrie Film Club presents: The Assassination Bureau

Petrie Film Club presents: The Assassination Bureau

Date: 22 September | Time: dorrs open 6pm event starts at 6.30pm | Location: The Petrie Museum | Price: Booking essential with donation at https://assassinationbureau.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: 16+

Based on an unfinished novel by Jack London, this epic comedy-thriller romps across an Edwardian Europe of anarchists, spies, and murderers as the effortlessly elegant Diana Rigg crosses swords with the dangerously charming Oliver Reed as civilisation teeters on the brink of WWI. Telly Savalas and Curd Jurgens provide villainous support. Introduced by John J Johnston (UCL Institute of Archaeology). Screened as part of the Archaeology and Espionage season.

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

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: Saturday 24 September | Time: 1.30-4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Create works of art inspired by some of the weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a name and add it to our collection in our family art day with our Museum artist.

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

In the Dark x Grant Museum of Zoology

In the Dark x Grant Museum of Zoology

Date: Tuesday 27 September | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £8 | Age group: Adults

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

Archaeology and Espionage volunteer lunchtime talk

Archaeology and Espionage volunteer lunchtime talk

Date: Thursday 29 September 2016 | Time: 1.15-1.45pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Ability to decipher codes, understand cartography, mastery of other languages and live simply in the desert landscape are all skills which can be applied to being an archaeologist but also are useful in war time for the purposes of espionage. Join one of our community volunteers from our Heritage Lottery Fund project, Different Perspectives: Archaeology and the Middle East in WWI, for a lunchtime talk on Archaeology and Espionage in WWI in the Middle East. Using Flinders Petrie as our main point of connection, you’ll be introduced to the emerging research on Petrie’s war and the links between archaeology and the intelligence services during WWI.

To book please go to archandesplunchtimetalk29sep.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Petrie's War: World War I at Home and in Egypt

Petrie's War: World War I at Home and in Egypt

Date: Thursday 29 September 2016 | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

At 61 years old, Flinders Petrie tried to sign up to fight in 1914 but was turned away. This interactive talk explores what this archaeologist did during the war and what was happening in his beloved Egypt. The talk gives background to this Autumn’s theme of Archaeology & Espionage supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Presented by Dr. Debbie Challis (UCL Museums and Collections)

To book please go to petrieswarwwi.eventbrite.co.uk

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

The Psychology of Spying

The Psychology of Spying

Date: Thursday 6 October 2016 | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

People are fascinated by espionage and spying. How do you go undercover, risk your safety in high-risk situations. What is the psychology behind the ability to be a spy? What did this mean for those archaeologists recruited or involved in espionage to help the war effort in the Middle East and what does it mean now for our contemporaries engaged in intelligence gathering now? Join UCL academics from Security Studies MsC and UCL Pyschology Departments to explore this subject. Just remember to keep it under your hat and don’t tell anyone!

To book please go to thepsychologyofspying.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: Saturday 8 October | Time: 1.30-4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Create works of art inspired by some of the weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a name and add it to our collection in our family art day with our Museum artist.

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Dead, Life Drawing

Dead, Life Drawing

Date: Tuesday 11 October | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £8 | Age group: Adults

With cabinets full of (not so alive) life models from across the animal kingdom in some remarkable poses we invite you to join us for a lively evening of drawing. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced our sessions are led by a Museum artist to give you insight and confidence in a wide range of drawing practices. Materials will be provided.

Tickets cost £8, booking is essential visit www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com. Booking will open on 7th September

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

Archaeology and Espionage volunteer lunchtime talks

Archaeology and Espionage volunteer lunchtime talks

Date: Thursday 13 October 2016 | Time: 1.15-1.45pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Ability to decipher codes, understand cartography, mastery of other languages and live simply in the desert landscape are all skills which can be applied to being an archaeologist but also are useful in war time for the purposes of espionage. Join one of our community volunteers from our Heritage Lottery Fund project, Different Perspectives: Archaeology and the Middle East in WWI, for a lunchtime talk on Archaeology and Espionage in WWI in the Middle East. Using Flinders Petrie as our main point of connection, you’ll be introduced to the emerging research on Petrie’s war and the links between archaeology and the intelligence services during WWI.

To book please go to archandesplunchtimetalk13oct.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Whose artefacts are they anyway? the politics of provenance

Whose artefacts are they anyway? the politics of provenance

Date: Thursday 13 October 2016 | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Should artefacts in European and Western Museums be returned to their place of origin or should they remain in situ? From the Elgin Marbles to the Bust of Nefertiti there are arguments for and against the repatriation of artefacts. To link with our current Heritage Lottery Fund research project Different Perspectives: Archaeology and the Middle East in WWI, we’ve brought together a panel to discuss this issue from different points of view. Join writer and cultural commentator Tiffany Jenkins as she talks about issues from her book ‘Keeping Their Marbles: How the Treasures of the Past Ended Up in Museums - And Why They Should Stay There’ and Heba Abd-El-Gawad, from Durham University as she talks about contemporary Egyptian perspectives on national identity and objects.

To book please go to whoseartefacts.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: Saturday 15 October | Time: 1-4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Ever wondered how heavy an elephant tusk is, how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many scales a pangolin has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists for our family hands-on specimen based activities 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 4pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Art Macabre at The Petrie:  Mata Hari and Lawrence of Arabia

Art Macabre at The Petrie: Mata Hari and Lawrence of Arabia

Date: 20 October | Time: 6-8.30pm | Location: The petrie Museum | Price: £15 includes a glass of wine and materials booking https://telawrence.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: 18+

Find your inner Mata Hari and dashing Lawrence as you are transported back to the time of intrigue and mysterious dealings at the turn of the last century. Sketch after dark amongst the museum's artefacts. Be inspired by the Art Macabre life models, bringing back the lure and glamour of this enticing pair. An atmospheric soundtrack of music will play as we share tales and tableaux revealing the dramatic stories enshrouding these two historic figures.

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

Dead to Me lunchtime talk

Dead to Me lunchtime talk

Date: Friday 21 October 2016 | Time: 1.15-1.45pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Death is part of life and at the Petrie Museum we have to think carefully and thoughtfully about the Human Remains in our collection. There are around 80 human materials in the collection ranging from hair fragments to nearly a complete body. Join Petrie Museum Curatorial Assistant Pia Edqvist for this lunchtime talk as she explains how she cares for, conserves and prepares our collections for research.

To book please go to deadtomepetrie.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Spy Speak: families activity for Bloomsbury Festival 2016

Spy Speak: families activity for Bloomsbury Festival 2016

Date: Saturday 22 October 2016 | Time: 10am-5pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join in activities that will you have you cracking codes, deciphering doodles and being fluent in spy speak before the day is over! Free drop in family activity at The Petrie Museum as part of the UCL Hub @ The Bloomsbury Festival.

To book please go to spyspeakbloomsburyfestival.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Cabinets of Consequence Octagon Salon #2 Aniamls /Agriculture

Cabinets of Consequence Octagon Salon #2 Aniamls /Agriculture

Date: 27 October | Time: 6-8.30pm | Location: The Grant Museum | Price: Free but booking essential https://octagonsalon2.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: 18+

This salon to accompany the current Octagon exhibition Cabinets of Consequence will explore the relationship between non-humans, including animals and insects and their impact on the Earth’s eco-system - just what are their rights in relation to their contributions to our survival. This salon features guest speakers Dr Gavin Broad from the Natural History Museum and the UCL Grant’s own curator Paolo Viscardi plus others in a light-take on this topic taking place in the Grant Museum.

0207 679 4138 | h.pike@ucl.ac.uk

Scary Tales for Halloween

Scary Tales for Halloween

Date: 29 October | Time: 6-8.30pm | Location: The Petrie Museum | Price: Free but booking essential https://halloweenatthepetrie.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: 18+

Draw your chairs close to the lamp, steel your nerves, and try not to think of the muffled but unearthly noises emanating from behind the locked door in the corner as you join us in the unique surroundings of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology for the reading of classic tales of living mummies and the like written by masters of uncanny fiction. Your hosts for the evening are Egyptologist John J Johnston and Amara Thornton (UCL IoA).

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

Halloween at the Grant Museum

Halloween at the Grant Museum

Date: Saturday 29 October | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £6 | 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 £6, which includes a free glass of wine. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed visitors.

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

The Cat: Moving from the Savanah to the Home

The Cat: Moving from the Savanah to the Home

Date: Wednesday 9 November | Time: 6-9pm | Location: Royal Veterinary college, 4 Royal College St, London NW1 0TU | Price: Free | Age group: Adults and young people 16+

There is one surprising similarity between all 40 species of cats, whether it’s the Siberian tiger or the diminutive black footed cat, that up make the cat family : their crouch.

In most animal groups, posture changes depending on the size of the animal. How can a cat’s body maintain its typical crouched posture across such a broad range of sizes? The idea of the ‘crouching tiger’ is an evolutionary oddity that has long puzzled researchers.

A team of researchers led by University College London’s Professor Anjali Goswami and the Royal Veterinary College’s Professor John Hutchinson have formed Team Cat to better understand the evolution of the cat skeleton and how locomotion has evolved in felids great and small.

Join Team Cat and the Grant Museum of Zoology for a very special event at the Royal Veterinary College as we take you (via video link) behind the scenes and into the anatomy room to witness a live dissection of a cheetah to reveal the remarkable anatomical features of this incredible cat and how it compares with its feline relations.

Over the course of the event hear from Team Cat scientists about their comprehensive work on the anatomy of felids over the last three years and the innovative techniques they’ve used to investigate the evolution of cat locomotion.


Please be aware that the evening will feature footage of a dissection being conducted in real time. Because of the nature of the event (with graphic images of a cheetah dissection) it is recommended that only adults and children 16+ attend.

This event is free but booking is essential. Visit www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com to book your tickets. Booking will open on Wednesday 7 September.

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

Petrie Film Club special: I Claudius

Petrie Film Club special: I Claudius

Date: 17 October | Time: 6-8.30pm | Location: The Petrie Museum | Price: Booking essential with donation https://iclaudius.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: 18+

Universally regarded as a milestone in the history of television drama, 'I, Claudius' turns forty this Autumn. In order to mark the occasion, Egyptologist and Classicist John J Johnston (UCL Institute of Archaeology) looks back on the production of this darkly comic serial in a heavily-illustrated lecture, which will consider aspects of script, performance, and design, employed to imbue the reigns of the first Roman emperors with startling life.

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: Saturday 19 November | Time: 1-4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Ever wondered how heavy an elephant tusk is, how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many scales a pangolin has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists for our family hands-on specimen based activities 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 4pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Petrie Film Club presents

Petrie Film Club presents

Date: 23 November | Time: 6pm-9pm | Location: The Petrie Museum | Price: Booking essential with donation | Age group: 18+


The legendary Marlene Dietrich stars, in only her second Hollywood role, as a prostitute recruited by the Austrian Secret Service to spy upon the Russians during WWI. This rarely seen and somewhat underrated film is the third of seven cinematic collaborations between Dietrich and Von Sternberg, which reveals both director and muse at the height of their considerable talents. Introduced by John J Johnston (UCL Institute of Archaeology) Screened as part of the Archaeology and Espionage season.

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

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: Saturday 26 November | Time: 1.30-4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Create works of art inspired by some of the weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a name and add it to our collection in our family art day with our Museum artist.

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Animal Showoff

Animal Showoff

Date: Thursday 1 December | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £8 | Age group: Adults, 18+ only

What would happen if we invited experts in every type of fauna* to make funny about the animals they know and love (or hate) for just 9 minutes? Animal Showoff is that! In a fun evening of science, jokes, stories and laughter come discover more about the animal kingdom from some of the its biggest fans.

*warning, may also contain plants, rocks and fossils.

Tickets are £8 and booking is essential www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com. Booking opens 1st September

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: Saturday 3 December | Time: 1-4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Ever wondered how heavy an elephant tusk is, how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many scales a pangolin has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists for our family hands-on specimen based activities 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 4pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Dead, Life Drawing

Dead, Life Drawing

Date: Tuesday 6 September | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £8 | Age group: Adults

With cabinets full of (not so alive) life models from across the animal kingdom in some remarkable poses we invite you to join us for a lively evening of drawing. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced our sessions are led by a Museum artist to give you insight and confidence in a wide range of drawing practices. Materials will be provided.

Tickets cost £8, booking is essential visit www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com. Booking opens 7 September

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

Mystery Specimens talks

Mystery Specimens talks

Date: Friday 9 December | Time: 1-5pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: All

We gave each of our UCL Biology students a mystery specimen to identify and research over the past two months. Join them for these Mystery Specimen Afternoons, when they will each give a ten minute talk about what their specimen is, and what they found out about some of the incredible animals in our collection. Come along us and drop in to catch a short talk or two in the middle of the Museum.

Admission is free and there is no need to book.

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

Mystery Specimens talks

Mystery Specimens talks

Date: Friday 16 December | Time: 1-5pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: All

We gave each of our UCL Biology students a mystery specimen to identify and research over the past two months. Join them for these Mystery Specimen Afternoons, when they will each give a ten minute talk about what their specimen is, and what they found out about some of the incredible animals in our collection. Come along us and drop in to catch a short talk or two in the middle of the Museum. Admission is free and there is no need to book.

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

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: Saturday 17 December | Time: 1.30-4.30PM | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Create works of art inspired by some of the weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a name and add it to our collection in our family art day with our Museum artist.

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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