What's on at the Grant Museum

Glass Delusions

Glass Delusions

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

How do minerals become living things? In this exhibition of prints, drawings, videos and objects, Artist in Residence Eleanor Morgan explores the slippery boundary between living and non-living materials. Her work is inspired by the Grant Museum's collection of intricate glass sponges – animals that naturally build themselves out of glass – they are formed of 90% silica.

Over the last year, Eleanor Morgan has been the Leverhulme Trust funded Artist in Residence at the Grant Museum of Zoology. Investigating the collection of glass sponges, Eleanor has been exploring glass as a material, its cultural significance and how living and inorganic glass interact. Glass Delusions is an exhibition of her new work inspired by the Museum’s collection, the conversations she has had with biologists, chemists, geologists and engineers along the way, and the challenge of re-animating a museum of dead creatures.

The exhibition is free and there is no need to book

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

Grant Museum After Hours: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Grant Museum After Hours: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Date: 6th October | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: J.Z. Young Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

The night owls amongst you can join the bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens to enjoy the Grant Museum at night. From the bizarre to the incredible, our film night, late opening, talk and open mic night will make you take another look at the natural world.

Sailors beware! Tales of attacks on ships by a mysterious ‘sea creature’ lead an intrepid team led by naturalist Professor Aronnax and professional whaler Ned Land to investigate. But all is not as it seems as the team encounter the enigmatic Captain Nemo and begin an epic underwater adventure. Join Historian of Biology and film-buff Professor Joe Cain as he shares his love of this classic film. The film is followed by a free wine reception at the Museum.

This event is free and there is no need to book

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

Glass Delusion exhibition talk: Artist in Conversation

Glass Delusion exhibition talk: Artist in Conversation

Date: 7th October | Time: 1pm to 2pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Join historians, scientists and artists as they discuss their research and some of specimens from the Museum’s collection that inspired the artworks of Glass Delusions. Find out more about the exhibition and the techniques used to create Glass Delusions with our Leverhulme Trust funded artist in residence Eleanor Morgan. Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm, talks start at 1.15pm and lasts 30 minutes with the speaker on hand till 2pm. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime.

This event is part of the Glass Delusions exhibition event series.

The event is free and there is no need to book

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

Glass Delusions exhibition talk: Egyptian Glass

Glass Delusions exhibition talk: Egyptian Glass

Date: 21st October | Time: 1pm to 2pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Join historians, scientists and artists as they discuss their research and some of specimens from the Museum’s collection that inspired the artworks of Glass Delusions. Find out more about Dr. Daniela Rosenow’s investigations of some of the earliest ever glass produced and what it can tell us about the politics, society and economy of Ancient Egypt. Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm, talks start at 1.15pm and lasts 30 minutes with the speaker on hand till 2pm. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime.

This event is part of the Glass Delusions exhibition event series.

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

Grant Museum After Hours: Halloween

Grant Museum After Hours: Halloween

Date: 31st October | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £5 | Age group: Adults

The night owls amongst you can join the bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens to enjoy the Grant Museum at night. From the bizarre to the incredible, our film night, late opening, talks and open mic night will make you take another look at the natural world.

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.

Tickets are £5 and include a free glass of wine and there is no need to book

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

Glass Delusions exhibition talk: Glass Sponges - The Living Glass

Glass Delusions exhibition talk: Glass Sponges - The Living Glass

Date: 4th November | Time: 1pm to 2pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Join historians, scientists and artists as they discuss their research and some of specimens from the Museum’s collection that inspired the artworks of Glass Delusions. Find out more about Dr. Kate Hendry’s research on the chemistry of the enigmatic glass sponges and what these deep sea creatures can tell us the climate of the past. Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm, talks start at 1.15pm and lasts 30 minutes with the speaker on hand till 2pm. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime.


This event is part of the Glass Delusions exhibition event series.

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

Grant Museum After Hours: 19th Annual Grant Lecture - Adventures in Gibbon-ology

Grant Museum After Hours: 19th Annual Grant Lecture - Adventures in Gibbon-ology

Date: 12th November | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

The night owls amongst you can join the bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens to enjoy the Grant Museum at night. From the bizarre to the incredible, our film night, late opening, talk and open mic night will make you take another look at the natural world.

Often considered the poor relation of their great ape cousins, gibbons have received considerably less attention than other mammals, despite the fact that the rarest ape in the world is the Hainan gibbon. Join Professor Helen Chatterjee MBE as she celebrates these charismatic apes, shares their evolutionary history and investigates our relationship with them and the efforts now being undertaken to conserve these beautiful but rare primates.

The talk is free and is followed by a free wine reception at the Museum.

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

Glass Delusions exhibition talk: People made of glass

Glass Delusions exhibition talk: People made of glass

Date: 18th November | Time: 1pm to 2pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Join historians, scientists and artists as they discuss their research and some of specimens from the Museum’s collection that inspired the artworks of Glass Delusions. Find out more from Dr. Carol Reeves and Dr. Bill Maclehose about history of the glass delusion, a mania that swept across Medieval Europe where people feared they were made of glass. Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm, talks start at 1.15pm and lasts 30 minutes with the speaker on hand till 2pm. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime.


This event is part of the Glass Delusions exhibition event series.

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

Grant Museum After Hours: Animal Showoff

Grant Museum After Hours: Animal Showoff

Date: 1st December | Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £6 | Age group: Adults

The night owls amongst you can join the bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens to enjoy the Grant Museum at night. From the bizarre to the incredible, our film night, late opening, talk and open mic night will make you take another look at the natural world.

Animal Showoff is an anarchic night in celebration of the natural world. Expect science, jokes, music, stories and laughter as we hear six incredible researchers show off as hard as they can about a chosen animal*.

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

Booking opens 15th September and tickets are £6 and can be booked via http://animalshowoff1.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Glass Delusions exhibition talk: How to make a diamond

Glass Delusions exhibition talk: How to make a diamond

Date: 9th December | Time: 1pm to 2pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Join historians, scientists and artists as they discuss their research and some of specimens from the Museum’s collection that inspired the artworks of Glass Delusions. Find out more about UCL’s diamond lab from Professor David Dobson and the processes involved in making a diamond. Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm, talks start at 1.15pm and lasts 30 minutes with the speaker on hand till 2pm. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime.


This event is part of the Glass Delusions exhibition event series.

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