What's on at the Grant Museum

Cabinets of Consequence Octagon Salon #1 Navigation

Cabinets of Consequence Octagon Salon #1 Navigation

Date: Wednesday 7 September 2016 | Time: 6-8.30pm | Location: Haldane Room, Wilkins Buidling | Price: Free with pay bar but booking essential https://octagonsalon1.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: 18+

Drawing on research from the Carandini and Saleem Laboratories here at UCL, Dr Aman Saleem will explain how we move, view our surroundings, and locate ourselves in the world. The metaphor of navigation is then used to explore the context of the current Octagon exhibition Cabinets of Consequence, with Prof Jane Fenoulhet (UCL SELCS) offering an insight into navigating with Deleuze and Dr Jane Gilbert ( UCL SELCS) will reveal how we have looked at navigating our way through change and metamorphosis in French historical literature. Enjoy an 18th century salon style experience with a themed music and drinks.

To book please go to octagonsalon1.eventbrite.co.uk

0207 679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Talking Objects families performance

Talking Objects families performance

Date: Sunday 11 September | Time: 11-12pm and 2-3pm | Location: Unity Kitchen Timber Lodge Cafe - 1 Honour Lea Avenue, London, E20 1DY | Price: FREE | Age group: Families, all ages welcome

This event is part of UCL Culture's UCL East outreach public programme.

Join us for an immersive theatre performance for families at the Timber Lodge Cafe on Sunday 11 September from 11-12pm and 2-3pm.

The performance is a collaboration between Skewbald Theatre, African Communuity School, Academy Achievers and UCL Culture.

Imagine that you could sit down with a museum object, have a cup of tea and piece of cake and ask it questions about itself? Before you know it you could be having a conversation with a tiger skull, a billion year old meterorite, a work by Van Dyck and an ancient egyptian amulet. What would these objects say to you if they could speak? What would you say to them? What questions woul you ask? In this project we want to bring the museum to where the people are and create a playful imersive theatre performance in collaboration with local community groups in the four Olympic boroughs.

All welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there.

UCL Culture team

The event is FREE but pre-booking is encouraged. To book please go to talking-objects-families-performance-tickets

020 7679 4138 | ucl-east-outreach@ucl.ac.uk

Dead, Life Drawing

Dead, Life Drawing

Date: Tuesday 13 September | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £8 | Age group: Adults

With cabinets full of (not so alive) life models from across the animal kingdom in some remarkable poses we invite you to join us for a lively evening of drawing. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced our sessions are led by a Museum artist to give you insight and confidence in a wide range of drawing practices. Materials will be provided.

Tickets cost £8, booking is essential visit www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com Booking opens on 20th August.

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: Saturday 17 September | Time: 1-4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Ever wondered how heavy an elephant tusk is, how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many scales a pangolin has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists for our family hands-on specimen based activities 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 4pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: Saturday 24 September | Time: 1.30-4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Create works of art inspired by some of the weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a name and add it to our collection in our family art day with our Museum artist.

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

In the Dark x Grant Museum of Zoology

In the Dark x Grant Museum of Zoology

Date: Tuesday 27 September | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £8 | Age group: Adults

In the Dark x Grant Museum of Zoology is a yearlong collaboration celebrating the natural world through sound.

If you’ve ever been woken up by the sounds of foxes vigorously copulating next to your recycling bin then you’ll know we’re not the only animal to call our cities home. But is there more to urban wildlife than foxes and pigeons? Join us for evening of communal listening (imagine a cinema just without the pictures) as we explore the sounds of urban wildlife with Alison Fairbrass from UCL’s Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research.

Inspired by Alison’s research recording the biodiversity of London we will play a specially created crowdsourced soundscape of urban biodiversity along with a selection of specially created hand-picked audio from around the world.

In the Dark invite you to join them in the Grant Museum after hours and close your eyes for an auditory exploration of the animals that call the city their home.

Tickets are £8 and booking is essential, visit www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com to book your ticket.

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

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: Saturday 8 October | Time: 1.30-4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Create works of art inspired by some of the weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a name and add it to our collection in our family art day with our Museum artist.

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Dead, Life Drawing

Dead, Life Drawing

Date: Tuesday 11 October | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £8 | Age group: Adults

With cabinets full of (not so alive) life models from across the animal kingdom in some remarkable poses we invite you to join us for a lively evening of drawing. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced our sessions are led by a Museum artist to give you insight and confidence in a wide range of drawing practices. Materials will be provided.

Tickets cost £8, booking is essential visit www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com. Booking will open on 7th September

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: Saturday 15 October | Time: 1-4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Ever wondered how heavy an elephant tusk is, how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many scales a pangolin has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists for our family hands-on specimen based activities 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 4pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Natural Creativity: Sex and Trickery

Natural Creativity: Sex and Trickery

Date: Wednesday 19 October to Friday 23 December (Museum opening hours) | Time: 1-5pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: All

Why is the natural world so colourful and varied? This exhibition of drawings by Clara Lacy looks at the myriad of shapes, sizes and behavioural tactics some animals have evolved in order to survive, reproduce and pass on their genes.

It is commonly assumed that animals are born either male or female then reproduce as adults, but things can get much more interesting. Some species change sex over their lifetime, become a grandmother before giving birth, or trick others into thinking they belong to the opposite sex.

Clara Lacy is the Artist in Residence in the Mank Lab at University College London’s Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment. Working closely with the scientists based there, Lacy’s illustrations bring to life their research into the amazing variety of sexual and genetic survival strategies in the animal kingdom.

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

Cabinets of Consequence Octagon Salon #2 Animals /Agriculture

Cabinets of Consequence Octagon Salon #2 Animals /Agriculture

Date: 27 October | Time: 6-8.30pm | Location: The Grant Museum | Price: Free but booking essential https://octagonsalon2.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: 18+

This salon to accompany the current Octagon exhibition Cabinets of Consequence will explore the relationship between non-humans, including animals and insects and their impact on the Earth’s eco-system - just what are their rights in relation to their contributions to our survival. This salon features guest speakers Dr Gavin Broad from the Natural History Museum and the UCL Grant’s own curator Paolo Viscardi plus others in a light-take on this topic taking place in the Grant Museum.

0207 679 4138 | h.pike@ucl.ac.uk

Halloween at the Grant Museum

Halloween at the Grant Museum

Date: Saturday 29 October | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £6 | 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 £6, which includes a free glass of wine. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed visitors.

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

Cats: Under the Coat

Cats: Under the Coat

Date: Wednesday 9 November | Time: 6-9pm | Location: Royal Veterinary college, 4 Royal College St, London NW1 0TU | Price: Free | Age group: Adults and young people 16+

Join Team Cat, scientists from UCL and the Royal Veterinary College, as we take you (via video link) behind the scenes and into the anatomy room to witness a live dissection of a cheetah. We’ll discover some of the remarkable anatomical features of the world’s fastest land mammal and how it compares with its feline relations. Hear from members of Team Cat as they share the ground-breaking techniques they’ve used to investigate the anatomy of cats and the evolution of their skeletons.

Please be aware that the evening will feature footage of a dissection being conducted in real time. Because of the nature of the event (with graphic images of a cheetah dissection) it is recommended that only adults and children 16+ attend.

This event is free but booking is essential. Visit www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com to book your tickets. Booking will open on Wednesday 7 September.

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

The Bentham Community late

The Bentham Community late

Date: Thursday 10 November | Time: 7-9pm | Location: William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4PP | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

This event is part of UCL Culture's UCL East outreach public programme.

Imagine if William Morris and the philosopher Jeremy Bentham had met to discuss their ideas about the pursuit of happiness over a drink? Well now you don’t have to. Join us for an evening of talks, debate and discussion on their different views on how to achieve happiness.

This is a partnership event between the William Morris Gallery and UCL Culture and our UCL East outreach programme.

To book please go to thebenthamcommunitylatenov16.eventbrite.co.uk


020 7679 4138 | ucl-east-outreach@ucl.ac.uk

20th Annual Grant Lecture: Nature for Us?

20th Annual Grant Lecture: Nature for Us?

Date: Thursday 17 November | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Our relationship with the natural world has changed over the past 50 years as we’ve moved away from the idea of protecting wild areas from people to managing ecosystems for our own benefit. Professor Dame Georgina Mace (UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research) presents a history of nature conservation and asks: is nature for us? This event is free and is followed by a free wine reception at the Grant Museum of Zoology.

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: Saturday 19 November | Time: 1-4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Ever wondered how heavy an elephant tusk is, how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many scales a pangolin has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists for our family hands-on specimen based activities 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 4pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: Saturday 26 November | Time: 1.30-4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Create works of art inspired by some of the weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a name and add it to our collection in our family art day with our Museum artist.

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Animal Showoff

Animal Showoff

Date: Thursday 1 December | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £8 | Age group: Adults, 18+ only

What would happen if we invited experts in every type of fauna* to make funny about the animals they know and love (or hate) for just 9 minutes? Animal Showoff is that! In a fun evening of science, jokes, stories and laughter come discover more about the animal kingdom from some of the its biggest fans.

*warning, may also contain plants, rocks and fossils.

Tickets are £8 and booking is essential www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com. Booking opens 1st September

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: Saturday 3 December | Time: 1-4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Ever wondered how heavy an elephant tusk is, how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many scales a pangolin has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists for our family hands-on specimen based activities 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 4pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Dead, Life Drawing

Dead, Life Drawing

Date: Tuesday 6 December | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £8 | Age group: Adults

With cabinets full of (not so alive) life models from across the animal kingdom in some remarkable poses we invite you to join us for a lively evening of drawing. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced our sessions are led by a Museum artist to give you insight and confidence in a wide range of drawing practices. Materials will be provided.

Tickets cost £8, booking is essential visit www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com. Booking opens 7 September

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

Mystery Specimens talks

Mystery Specimens talks

Date: Friday 9 December | Time: 1-5pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: All

We gave each of our UCL Biology students a mystery specimen to identify and research over the past two months. Join them for these Mystery Specimen Afternoons, when they will each give a ten minute talk about what their specimen is, and what they found out about some of the incredible animals in our collection. Come along us and drop in to catch a short talk or two in the middle of the Museum.

Admission is free and there is no need to book.

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

Mystery Specimens talks

Mystery Specimens talks

Date: Friday 16 December | Time: 1-5pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: All

We gave each of our UCL Biology students a mystery specimen to identify and research over the past two months. Join them for these Mystery Specimen Afternoons, when they will each give a ten minute talk about what their specimen is, and what they found out about some of the incredible animals in our collection. Come along us and drop in to catch a short talk or two in the middle of the Museum. Admission is free and there is no need to book.

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

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: Saturday 17 December | Time: 1.30-4.30PM | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Create works of art inspired by some of the weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a name and add it to our collection in our family art day with our Museum artist.

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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