What's on at the Grant Museum

Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals

Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals

Date: 16th March - 27th June | Time: Monday to Saturday 1pm to 5pm (closed Thurs-Tues of Easter weekend) | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: All

When new regions are explored and the animals in them discovered, how does the wider world get to experience these species? From the earliest days of exploration, art has been essential in representing creatures that are alien to people at home.

The Strange Creatures exhibition will explore the world of animal representations, featuring the painting of a kangaroo by George Stubbs which was recently saved for the nation. It was painted following Captain Cook’s first “Voyage of Discovery” and is Europe’s first image of an Australian animal.

Palaeontologists and historians of science, exploration and art from across University College London will tell stories from their own disciplines. Featuring medieval accounts of exotic creatures, art from the ages of exploration and empire, contemporary taxidermy and reconstructions of dinosaurs based on cutting-edge engineering principles, this exhibition questions how unknown animals are communicated to the wider public.

Strange Creatures: the art of the unknown animals, is part of Travellers' Tails a collaboration between Royal Museums Greenwich and four partner museums to investigate the history of exploration, art and science.

Read more on the exhibition website.

Image credit (c) National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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

Draw it Like Stubbs

Draw it Like Stubbs

Date: 21st April | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Strange Creatures After Hours
The night owls amongst you can join the bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens to enjoy Strange Creatures After Hours. Animals have been presented in bizarre and the incredible ways, come take another look at the natural world with our film night, late opening, open mic night, talks and drawing sessions.

What animal could you draw from just written descriptions made by sailors who compared something to a greyhound, wild dog, hare, deer, goat, mouse, jerboa and sheep? A kangaroo? Well that’s what George Stubbs did. Join us for a fun evening of light-hearted drawing of animals based on contemporary and historical descriptions, can you draw it like Stubbs did?

This event is free and to book a ticket visit drawitlikestubbsapril.eventbrite.co.uk


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

Creating Strange Creatures

Creating Strange Creatures

Date: 25th April | Time: 1pm to 4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

The Museum has many amazing animals on display but some have to be seen to be believed. Come along and be inspired by the natural world to create your own animal artwork with a Museum artist inspired by George Stubbs’ painting of the kangaroo.

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

On Light

On Light

Date: 1 - 4 May (with UCL activities taking place on 2 May) | Time: 7pm - 11pm, 1 May and 1pm -6pm, 2-4 May | Location: Malet Place, UCL, WC1E and Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE | Price: All activities are FREE. Drop in any time. Some activities will be ticketed, check the Wellcome Collection website at the start of April for full details | Age group: Adults

Light is the stuff of magic, but it’s so ubiquitous we can take it for granted. Although the sun is our source of energy, the light that it produces has huge impacts on us far beyond the functional. Join us for a long weekend of performance, discussions, installations and walks that illuminate our complex human relationship with light. Along with bacteriologists, historians, artists and architects, we’ll explore the cultural and scientific importance of light.

'On Light' sees UCL collaborating with the Wellcome Collection on an eclectic weekender of activities and events. UCL based activities will take place on Saturday 2 May from 1 to 6 pm on Malet Place, including an open afternoon at the Institute of Making, and 'The Cabinet' presented by UCL Museums and Collections. Events will be taking place at the Wellcome Collection from Friday 1 May through to Monday 4 May.

More details will be available from the beginning of April from the Wellcome Collection's website.

e.baddeley@ucl.ac.uk

Show 'n' Tell: Dinosaurs

Show 'n' Tell: Dinosaurs

Date: 8th May | 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 the co-curators of the Strange Creatures exhibition to showcase an object from the Museum’s collection of 68,000 to share their Strange Creatures research Dr. Andrew Cuff Misha Ewen will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose his object. Find out more about Andrew’s cutting edge research reconstructing dinosaurs from just the fossils of these extinct giant reptiles.

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.

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

Draw it Like Stubbs

Draw it Like Stubbs

Date: 12th May | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Strange Creatures After Hours
The night owls amongst you can join the bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens to enjoy Strange Creatures After Hours. Animals have been presented in bizarre and the incredible ways, come take another look at the natural world with our film night, late opening, open mic night, talks and drawing sessions.

What animal could you draw from just written descriptions made by seamen who compared something to a greyhound, wild dog, hare, deer, goat, mouse, jerboa and sheep? A kangaroo? Well that’s what George Stubbs did. Join us for a fun evening of light-hearted drawing of animals based on contemporary and historical descriptions, can you draw it like Stubbs did?

This event is free and to book a ticket visit http://drawitlikestubbsmay.eventbrite.co.uk
Booking for this event will open 14th April

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

A UCL Museums Murder Mystery

A UCL Museums Murder Mystery

Date: 15th May | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: Starts in Cruciform Lecture Theatre, Cruciform building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Back by popular demand is Museum Murder Mystery. Join UCL Museums for an evening of dark noir, intrigue and subterfuge for Museums at Night. Are you a Sherlock or a Sarah Lund or a Jessica Fletcher or a Poirot or even a Cagney and Lacey? We need your help to discover the murderer in our cast of characters, solve the clues across the Museum to crack the UCL Museums murder mystery. Team of up to five with prizes to be won for the team who can solve the case as well as for best dressed detectives on the night.

This event is part of Museums at Night.

This event is free but booking essential uclmuseums.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Strange Creatures at Night

Strange Creatures at Night

Date: 16th May | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults only

Strange Creatures After Hours
The night owls amongst you can join the bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens to enjoy Strange Creatures After Hours. Animals have been presented in bizarre and the incredible ways, come take another look at the natural world with our film night, late opening, open mic night, talks and drawing sessions.

Come visit the Grant Musuem of Zoology for a very special late opening of the new Strange Creatures: the art of unknown animal exhibition. Join us for an evening of art, performance, games and live taxidermy over a glass of wine or beer to take another look at the natural world.

This event is free but booking is essential. Booking is now open. strangecreatureslate.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Great Grant Knit-a-Thon

Great Grant Knit-a-Thon

Date: 19th May | Time: 10am to 10pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Any

Strange Creatures After Hours
The night owls amongst you can join the bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens to enjoy Strange Creatures After Hours. Animals have been presented in bizarre and the incredible ways, come take another look at the natural world with our film night, late opening, open mic night, talks and drawing sessions.

Inspired by artist Ruth Marshall’s knitted skin of a Tasmanian tiger, we have set the knitters of London the challenge of knitting the skins animals, in just 12 HOURS. Bring your knitting needles to stitch one, purl one for an hour over lunch or come after work and be inspired to join in over a glass of wine while you view the exhibition. Throughout the day hear from Strange Creatures co-curator Sarah Wade to find out how natural history museums can use contemporary art and craft to engage visitors.

This event is free and there is no need to book, drop in at any point over the day.

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

Games at the Grant

Games at the Grant

Date: 20th May | Time: 6.30pm 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 a dice to win on this night of fun and fierce competition. UCL researchers inspired by art, language and literature and the animals will be your games masters at this evening event held at the Grant Museum of Zoology. This event is part of UCL’s Festival of the Arts

This event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Show 'n' Tell: Tastes just like...

Show 'n' Tell: Tastes just like...

Date: 22nd May | 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 the co-curators of the Strange Creatures exhibition to showcase an object from the Museum’s collection of 68,000 to share their Strange Creatures research. Misha Ewen will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose her object. Find out more about Misha’s work on the history of the first colonists to settle in Virginia and the animals they encountered (and ate).

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.

This event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Creating Strange Creatures

Creating Strange Creatures

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

The Museum has many amazing animals on display but some have to be seen to be believed. Come along and be inspired by the natural world to create your own animal artwork with a Museum artist inspired by George Stubbs’ painting of the kangaroo.

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

Draw it Like Stubbs

Draw it Like Stubbs

Date: 2nd June | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Strange Creatures After Hours

The night owls amongst you can join the bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens to enjoy Strange Creatures After Hours. Animals have been presented in bizarre and the incredible ways, come take another look at the natural world with our film night, late opening, open mic night, talks and drawing sessions.

What animal could you draw from just written descriptions made by drunken seamen who compared something to a greyhound, wild dog, hare, deer, goat, mouse, jerboa and sheep? A kangaroo? Well that’s what George Stubbs did. Join us for a fun evening of light-hearted drawing of animals based on contemporary and historical descriptions, can you draw it like Stubbs did?

This event is free and to book a ticket visit drawitlikestubbsjune.eventbrite.co.uk

Booking opens 28th April

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

Show 'n' Tell: Australian Encounters

Show 'n' Tell: Australian Encounters

Date: 5th 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 the co-curators of the Strange Creatures exhibition to showcase an object from the Museum’s collection of 68,000 to share their Strange Creatures research. Professor Margot Finn will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose her object. Find out more Margot’s research on the history of Australia’s first European settlers and their experiences of the almost unbelievable world they encountered.


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

Focus on the Positive

Focus on the Positive

Date: 10th June | Time: 6.30pm to 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, during the evening there will be a paid bar with all proceeds going conservation of our historic collection.

This event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Looking at Strange Creatures: A Travellers' Tails Seminar Day

Looking at Strange Creatures: A Travellers' Tails Seminar Day

Date: 13th June | Time: 10am to 3.30pm | Location: UCL Quad Pavilion Tent, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Take a closer look at some strange creatures with our seminar study day and find out more about how art has been used to communicate unknown animals to the world. Over the course of the day you’ll hear from some of our exhibition co-curators, have a private viewing of the Strange Creatures and get up close to some of our amazing specimens. The day will include time for audience questions and an opportunity to talk with the experts during refreshment breaks.

Strange Creatures: the art of the unknown animals, is part of Travellers' Tails, a collaboration between Royal Museums Greenwich and four partner museums to investigate the history of exploration, art and science funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and The Art Fund.

This event is free and but booking is essential visit http://strangecreaturesseminar.eventbrite.co.uk to book a ticket. Booking opens 14th April

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

DINOSAURS! Of Victorian London

DINOSAURS! Of Victorian London

Date: 23rd June | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: J.Z. Young Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Strange Creatures After Hours
The night owls amongst you can join the bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens to enjoy Strange Creatures After Hours. Animals have been presented in bizarre and the incredible ways, come take another look at the natural world with our film night, late opening, open mic night, talks and drawing sessions.


The Crystal Palace dinosaur models were unveiled in 1854 and took the world by storm starting the original Dinomania. These beastly models were the first anyone had ever seen of dinosaurs and left a lasting impression. Join historian of science and Strange Creatures co-curator Professor Joe Cain as he shares how these models, still on display today, were important in shaping the public’s perceptions of dinosaurs. This event is followed by free drinks reception and a private view of the Strange Creatures exhibition.

This event is free, there is no need to book

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

Creating Strange Creatures

Creating Strange Creatures

Date: 27th June | Time: 1pm to 4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

The Museum has many amazing animals on display but some have to be seen to be believed. Come along and be inspired by the natural world to create your own animal artwork with a Museum artist inspired by George Stubbs’ painting of the kangaroo.

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

Empire of the Ants (1977)

Empire of the Ants (1977)

Date: 8th 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

Described as a cross between Love Boat and Jaws the Grant Museum of Zoology Film Club presents EMPIRE OF THE ANTS. With a star studded cast that includes Joan Collins and Robert Lansing, Empire of the Ants presents a world where these insects have grown to gigantic proportions and enslaved the human race. Join Historian of Biology and film-buff Professor Joe Cain who will introduce the film. You’ll never look at ants in the same way again. The film is followed by a free drinks reception in a private view of the Museum.

This event is free, there is no need to book

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