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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


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DRAWING LIFE I

Date: 10th September | 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 www.drawinglifeworkshops.eventbrite.com

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


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EXPLORE ZOOLOGY

Date: 13th September | 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


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GATES TO EGYPT: MAPPING ALTERNATE WORLDS

Date: Wednesday 24 September | Time: 6pm - 8pm. | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL | Price: Free. Book: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gates-to-egypt-mapping-fantastical-worlds-tickets-12316568187?aff=eorg | Age group: Any |

Join James Kneale (UCL Geography) for a guide to mapping alternate London and creating gates that link the imperial metropolis to real and imagined visions of Egypt. Drawing on work such as Tim Powers’ The Anubis Gates, we will explore spaces in which Egypt has entered London and offer ways of physically and virtually connecting Egypt to London. Participants will also have the chance to work alongside artist researcher Judith Brocklehurst to make an alternative map of London with real and imagined gates and tunnels into an Ancient Egyptian universe.
Doors open at 6pm, event starts 6.30pm

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


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SHOW'N'TELL: CHAGOS ISLANDS

Date: 25th September | 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. David Curnick will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose his object. Find out more about David’s work on the marine protected areas around the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean and some of his novel methods of investigating the fish populations there.

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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SPACE BEADS FROM ANCIENT EGYPT: MAKING OBJECTS FROM METEORITES

Date: Saturday 27 September 2014 | Time: 2-5pm | Location: Royal Observatory Greenwich, Greenwich, SE10 | Price: £5. Buy tickets via Royal Museums Greenwich: http://www.rmg.co.uk/ | Age group: Over 16. |

A joint event between the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL and the Royal Observatory Greenwich (Royal Museums Greenwich) on beads - over 5,000 years old - hammered out of pieces of meteorites in Egypt.

In a discussion, chaired by Marek Kukula (Public Astronomer, ROG), Alice Stevenson (Curator of the Petrie Museum) will set out the ancient social context for these rare objects; Diane Johnson (Open University) will illustrate how these ancient beads were made and artist Matthew Luck Gulpin will show how he works with meteoritic material today. The discussion will be a followed by a closer look at meteorites in the collection of the Royal Observatory.

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


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TREASURE HUNT – GREAT LIVES FROM ANCIENT AFRICA

Date: Saturday 4 October | Time: 3-4.30pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free | Age group: All ages – families welcome. |

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? Prizes are to be won! Clues set by writer K. N. Chimbiri.

Register at museum at 3pm. The answers will be given out at 4.15pm


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


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SHOW'N'TELL: PEATLANDS

Date: 8th 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. Hannah Robson will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose her object. Find out more about Hannah’s work investigating the UK’s most globally significant wildlife area, the Flow Country peatlands of Northern Scotland, and animals that live there.


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


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DRAWING LIFE II

Date: 8th October | 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

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


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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: UCLU EVENT

Date: Thursday 9 October | Time: 5-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free – book via UCLU website: https://uclu.org/whats-on/events-activities/black-history-month-after-hours-tours-of-petrie-museum | Age group: UCL Student |

Tours on the hour (5pm, 6pm, 7pm) of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology with an introduction to the museum and why the collection of objects from over 7,000 years of Nile Valley history are so relevant for understanding Black History by K. N. Chimbiri. These 40 minute tours (approx.) are followed by a chance for a private view of the museum. Refreshments available.

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


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PETRIE FILM CLUB PRESENTS IMMORTAL

Date: Wednesday 15 October | Time: Wednesday 15 October 6-8.30pm (Doors open at 6pm; talk & screening at 6.30pm) | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free. £5 donation requested. Book via eventbrite: http://immortal.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Any |

In 2095 a strange pyramid appears over New York City populated by humans and genetically altered humans, some of whom have secret powers. John J. Johnson introduces Immortal (2004, dir. Enki Bilal), a French produced film based on the comic book The Carnival of Immortals, which resets the Egyptian gods as space deities in the twenty-first century.

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


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FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE

Date: 16th October | Time: 7pm-9pm | 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


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EXPLORE ZOOLOGY

Date: 18th October | 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


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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 Elizabeth’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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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 | 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


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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


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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

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


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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


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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


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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


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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: Behind the Scenes at the Petrie Museum.

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


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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 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