What's on at the Grant Museum

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

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

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

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

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 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