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EASTER EGG-LAYING ANIMALS

Date: 8th -16th April | Time: 1pm-4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families |

For the Easter holidays, the Grant Museum is exploring the wonderful world of eggy animals. From penguins to platypuses, sharks to snails and bullfrogs to butterflies, our fantastic specimen-based activities will investigate the best shells and spawn. Come and unscramble our games and whip up some eggcitement with our amazing animal specimens. Drop in between 1pm and 4.30pm, this events are free and there is no need to book.

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


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UCL MUSEUMS MURDER MYSTERY FOR MUSEUMS AT NIGHT

Date: 16th May | Time: 6.30pm-9pm | Location: Starts in the J.Z. Young Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults |

Something is afoot at UCL Museums, a body has been discovered on campus and we need your help to solve the murder. Was it Prof.. Grant in the Grant Museum with the elephant tusk? Or perhaps Mr. Bentham in the Octagon Gallery with the walking stick? Or Miss Edwards In the Petrie Museum with the water clock?

Join us for an evening of intrigue and subterfuge, solve the clues across the Museum to crack the UCL Museum murder mystery. Come as a team of up to five and there are prizes to be won for the team who can solve the case as well as for best dressed detectives on the night.

The event is followed by a free drinks reception and a private view of the Grant Museum of Zoology. This event is part of Museums at Night and is free, there is no need to book.

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


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SUBNATURE

Date: 21st May to 19th July | Time: 1pm to 5pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: All |

Relics of nature often go unnoticed until they are placed behind the glass of a camera lens or display case.

Subnature is an installation of sculptures and prints produced by Lan Lan (UCL Slade School of Fine Art), set amongst the skeletons and specimens in jars of the Grant Museum of Zoology. The starting point for each artwork began with regenerating fish bone into contemporary phantom creatures.

The exhibition explores the relationships between nature and its representation. The forms and aesthetics of the installations seek to preserve the longevity of the bony creations by using light and digital processing technology.

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


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AS BRITISH AS A BADGER?

Date: 22nd May | Time: 7pm to 9pm | Location: J.Z. Young Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults |

In Britain we have lost some of its most treasured wildlife the large blue butterfly, the grey wolf, the giant deer, the Baryonyx. So given the chance, what species would you rewild into the UK?

Our expert panel will be pitching for your votes over two rounds to decide which species of animal that at some point in the history of life have lived here, they would like to see roam the UK once more. The decision is in your hands! (Note, the Grant Museum can not guarantee the winning species will be re-introduced).

So, join us for an evening off fun whimsy as we delve into the rich diversity of animal life that has inhabited these islands. This event is free, there is no need to book and will be followed by a private view of the Museum.

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


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RAVENOUS REPTILES

Date: 27th to 31st May | Time: 1pm to 4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families |

From dinosaurs to venomous snakes this half-term we will be celebrating the terrifying and beautiful world of reptiles. Come face to face with our ravenous reptiles and be amazed at some of our fantastic specimens like the world’s largest crocodile or tiny chameleons Join us to take part in fun hands-on specimen based activities. 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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GAMES AT THE GRANT

Date: 27th May | Time: 7pm 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 your dice for a night of fun and fierce competition. In the inaugural Games at the Grant, UCL researchers inspired by language, literature and the UCL Collections, will be your games masters. Try out a range of new games and battle for the ultimate prize. May the odds be ever in your favour.

Part of UCL Festival of the Arts

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


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JUST OUR WILD BEHAVIOUR?

Date: 5th June | Time: 7pm to 9pm | Location: J.Z. Young Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults |

Our species has changed the planet in a way no other animal has done in the history of life on Earth. From the unwilding of wilderness to the taming of nature to affecting the planet’s climatic systems, the planet we inhabit today is markedly different from the planet when we first evolved. But are we any different from how other species effect their environment? Join us for a panel discussion as we discuss this question and hear about how other social complex species , such as termites, affect their environment. This event is free, there is no need to book and will be followed by a private view of the Museum.

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


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RE-WILDED EUROPE

Date: 11th June | Time: 7pm to 9pm | Location: J.Z. Young Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults |

If you venture into the woods in parts of Europe you may well be in for a big surprise, look out for brown bears, Eurasian lynx and otters. These along with a number of other animals are making a remarkable comeback from historical low levels all across the continent. Join us as we find out more about the reasons behind this upward trend despite a worldwide decline in biodiversity and what that means for wildlife here in the UK. This event is a Grant Museum of Zoology event and free, there is no need to book

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


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SHOW’N’TELL: ANCIENT DNA

Date: 13th 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 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. Elizabeth Jones will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose her object. Find out more about Elizabeth’s work on the history of research on ancient DNA, the search and recovery of genetic material from fossil plants and animals.

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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EXPLORE ZOOLOGY

Date: 14th June | Time: 1pm to 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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RE-GREENING THE ARCTIC

Date: 19th June | Time: 7pm to 9pm | Location: J.Z. Young Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults |

What will the Arctic look like in the 2050’s? Could a warming climate re-green this frozen world and what would that mean for the animals and plants that inhabit it? Find out more and join us for a talk by Dr. Richard Pearson as he highlights the effects that climate change is having on biodiversity in habitats such the Arctic and on how a changing climate could affect groups of animals such as amphibians and reptiles. This event is free, there is no need to book and will be followed by a private view of the Museum.

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


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SHOW’N’TELL: MANGROVES

Date: 27th 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 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. Clare Duncan will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to find her object. Find out more about Clare’s research investigating one of the planet’s most ecologically and economically important habitats, mangroves.


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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CALL OF THE WILD (1935) ON THE BIG SCREEN

Date: 4th 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 |

At the height of summer join us as we set out on the mightiest adventure of all across the icy wilds of the Yukon. Armed with just a map Jack Thornton heads out across the wilderness with his trusty sled dog, Buck. Jack battles against the elements in search of an untapped gold mine, but who will be triumphant?


Historian of Biology and film-buff Professor Joe Cain (UCL Science and Technology Studies) will introduce the film which is followed by a free drinks reception in 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: AMPHIBIANS

Date: 11th July | 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 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. Helen Meredith will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to find her object. Find out more about Helen’s research on the conservation of some of the world’s most endangered animals, the amphibians. .

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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EXPLORE ZOOLOGY

Date: 12th July | 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 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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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