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The Grant Museum offers an active and exciting range of educational programmes. The collection is an excellent resource for several different audiences, offering dedicated facilities for primary and secondary schools, art and special interest groups, or university classes.

For all Learning enquiries please contact the Learning and Access Officer, Dean Veall.

Higher Education and Research

The Grant Museum is an excellent resource for university groups who wish to use the material for teaching practicals. It is the only remaining university zoology museum in London and covers the whole of the animal kingdom.

Enquiries from academics and researchers who wish to gain access to the collection for study of particular specimens are also very welcome. Please contact zoology.museum@ucl.ac.uk with any questions.

Vertebrate Diversity

Vertebrate Diversity is a web-book that contains a series of information pages broadly outlining the diversity of living vertebrates, with a few notes on their fossil relatives. 

Science for Schools

The Grant Museum runs excellent hands-on sessions for
schools free of charge that are linked to the National Curriculum for
Key Stage Two.
Workshops include:
•    Moving and Growing
•    Teeth and Eating
•    Variation and Classification
•    Habitats and Adaptation

All educational visits are based around guided activities and involve a
great deal of object handling. The Museum was founded in 1828 as a
teaching resource and we are delighted to continue to use it in the same
way today.Booking is essential, contact the Learning and Access Officer
Dean Veall. Please note that the Museum can only arrange visits for groups of 25 or more children.

For state schools in Camden, Islington or Newham, it is possible to arrange for someone to run outreach sessions in schools with some of the Museum specimens. Please contact the Head of Learning and Access Celine West for more details.

Art

Art class in the Museum

The Museum is also an excellent place to come and find inspiration for artwork for people of any age. We are happy to take bookings from art groups and make the collection more available to them by removing objects from their cases so that they can be drawn. Please note that we do not allow paint, pastels or charcoal in the Museum.

To find out more about the Learning Programme or to make a booking please contact the Learning and Access Officer, Dean Veall

Loan boxes

There are two loan boxes available to schools and educational groups. They both contain a range of real animal specimens and a teachers’ pack with curriculum-linked worksheets and ideas for activities. One of the loan boxes is aimed at Key Stage 2 covering topics such as Biodiversity and Adaptations, while the other is aimed at A-Level Art students.

Boxes can be borrowed for up to three weeks.

To find out more about other Loan Boxes visit the pages for the Learning at UCL Museums & Collections or to make a booking, send an email to Celine West, Head of Learning and Access or call at +44 (0)20 7679 2151.

Further Education and Lifelong Learning

The collection fits into A-Level Biology syllabuses and arranges bookings for groups at this stage of education with hands-on activities based on topics of their choice. We are also available to special interest groups and lifelong learners. We dedicate a good deal of time to developing new resources and activities for groups who wish to cover a topic that we haven’t done before.

Family Learning

At the Museum we know that there is a lot to be gained from getting hands on with our specimens, however old you are. We organise a programme of drop-in events for families on set dates during school holidays and on some weekends in term time. See our whats-on pages for upcoming events.

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