Public and Cultural Engagement (PACE)

PACE is home to UCL Museums and Collections, the Bloomsbury Theatre and the Public Engagement Unit. It is an engine for research impact through engagement, performance and exhibitions, a supporter of learning and research through objects, performance and collaboration with communities, and a training school for UCL staff and students in working with the cultural industries.

On stage engaging with public


  • connect the curriculum to cultural resources, partners, communities, and global challenges
  • enable research-based education through our cultural assets and partnerships with communities and cultural organisations
  • help UCL to be an accessible and publicly engaged organisation, through our venues and programmes
  • facilitate impact of UCL research through engagement with publics and culture
  • help UCL to hear, understand and work with the views of the world
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PACE news and articles

Cabinets of Consequence

We often do not see the connection between technology and the natural world. Yet the Earth’s beauty and resources have not only inspired technological innovation, they are essential elements of modern industry and digital culture.

Cabinets of Consequence is an exhibition that explores the interplay between human, environmental and technological activity by drawing on current UCL research in geology, neuroscience, literature, computer science and archeology. More...

Published: May 24, 2016 1:57:38 PM

Setting the PACE - Our World Record Breaker!

Last week the Guiness Book of Records confirmed that UCL's very own Susie Chan - Exhibition Manager in Public and Cultural Engagement - now holds the official Guinness World Record for the greatest distance run on a treadmill in 12 hours – a ridiculous 110.24km / 68.5 miles. Not content with putting enough pressure on herself to do it, Susie actually live streamed it online. Apparently Paula Radcliff was one of the (literally thousands) of people following it and tweeting her support. More...

Published: Apr 25, 2016 10:59:23 AM

Announcement - New Head of Public Engagement - Laura Cream

The Public and Cultural Engagement department are delighted to announce that Laura Cream has been appointed the new Head of Public Engagement at UCL. More...

Published: Apr 12, 2016 8:48:10 AM

We need your help with our new website

We are looking for people to get involved with an audience lab to talk to us about our old website so we can develop a new one.  If you’d like to help us, it’ll  take no more than 30 minutes of your time, we’ll have refreshments on hand and a £10 iTunes voucher for your trouble! More...

Published: Apr 5, 2016 2:14:51 PM

Petrie Museum Awarded World War One HLF Grant

It was announced today that the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in the Department of Public and Cultural Engagement (PACE) at University College London (UCL) has received £8,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project Different Perspectives: Archaeology and the Middle East in World War One. More...

Published: Mar 5, 2016 1:56:32 PM