Meeting point: The Student Centre (Gordon Street side)
Join UCL Institute of Archaeology staff member Charlotte Frearson on a walk around Bloomsbury exploring the history of both the Women of UCL & the Women of Bloomsbury. Scientists, poets, artists, writers, actors and social reformers: Join us in recognising these relatively unsung humans with talks, quotes from key works & ‘temporary blue plaque memorials’. The walk will be around 1 hour – come rain or come shine! The Institute of Archaeology's Therapy Dog Indy will be joining us on the walk.
Meeting point in the main Quad
Ever wondered what ‘Optical Communications’ really is? And how it’s possible to communicate through light? And what this means for YOU?
Fiber-optic communication is a method of transmitting information from one place to another by sending pulses of light through an optical fiber; optical fiber is used by many telecommunications companies to transmit telephone signals and enable Internet and cable television signals…increasingly shaping most of our activity in the virtual world.
To see how this communication occurs, join us for the first time with a BTS interactive tour of UCL’s world renowned Optical Networks Group (ONG) laboratory. We’ll showcase our strange but wonderful equipment, discuss path-breaking research & field all your ‘what if’ questions!
Tours will be led by members of our world-class researcher team, Thomas Gerard and Callum Deakin …don’t miss an opportunity to grill us!. The event will be supported by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) TRANSNET Programme (www.transnet.org.uk).
Learn more about the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) Optical Networks Group (ONG) here.
Meet 15 minutes before in the main Quad
Small groups of people over the age of eighteen will be offered the opportunity to visit a working zebrafish facility that holds approximately 50,000 fish. This will give them the opportunity to see how animals used in medical research are kept.
Book Now 10:00 | 11:00 | 13:00 | 14:00 | 15:00
Meeting point in the main Quad
The walk will start at UCL, home to the oldest Department of Dutch in the Anglophone world (founded in 1919) and host of one of the largest Dutch libraries in the country. We will walk past Gerard Reve’s former living place, when he unsuccessfully tried to establish himself on the English market in the 1950s, the Elizabeth Anderson Gallery with its connections to Dutch and British feminism, the Eurostar terminal, London’s gateway to the Low Countries, and the many beautiful Dutch and Flemish exhibits of the British Library, before ending the walk in the Dutch East India Company pub in King’s Cross, reflecting on the nature of colonialism and its afterlife. This walk is just one of a set of curated Dutch and Flemish walks through London, published in form on a smartphone app, generously supported by a UCL Beacon for Public Engagement Award and the Dutch and Flemish diplomatic representations in London.
Book Now: 15:30 – 16:00
A chance to see UCL with new eyes; this walking tour around the Bloomsbury campus will look at the geology of the building materials used. Discover life from Jurassic seas, two-billion-year-old crystals and how Cornish granite foiled the Queen!
Book Now: 11:00 | 13:00
Meeting point in the main Quad
The world is urbanising at an unprecedented rate. Around 80% of the UK population lives in cities and around the globe people are flocking from rural to urban environments. This brings with it some of the great challenges of modern times. As increasing numbers of people move into cities more vehicles, resources and infrastructure are needed to support them, a major question is how cities can still remain green and liveable? Can this be done sustainably and with minimal environmental impact? With challenges around climate change, air quality, noise, biodiversity and aesthetics, is there space for urban biodiversity? The UCL Sustainability team tackle some of these issues throughout our campus. Bringing together staff, students and UCL’s network of Green Champions, the team are able to drive forwards a sustainable strategy and vision for our campus whilst also encouraging academics and students to undertake valuable research on the UCL estate. On October 5th members of the Sustainability team will be running guided tours around campus to showcase how sustainability is embedded into UCL's campus.
Book Now: 10:00 | 13:00 | 15:00
Meeting point Octagon
NEW UCL or Hogwarts? Tour the iconic Main Library of UCL and find out how the building has been adapted over the centuries. Visiting the Flaxman Gallery underneath UCL’s iconic dome, the University’s first purpose-built Library, and the current exhibition From Small Library Beginnings: A brief history of UCL Library Services.
Book Now: 11:00 | 12:00 | 13:00 | 14:00 | 15:00
Meeting point: Festival Bus – UCL Main Quad
This walking tour will take you onto an intellectual journey from 1828, when the UCL was established, until today. Walking in the streets of Bloomsbury, we visit places associated with Jeremy Bentham, David Ricardo, Vladimir Lenin, John Maynard Keynes, Virginia Woolf, George Orwell and other profound thinkers. We will explore how these thinkers shaped the history of the 19th and the 20th century and will discuss the relevance of their ideas to today’s world. No knowledge of economics is needed for the tour; you just have to be interested in politics, economics or intellectual history. The tour is for free and will take about 90 minutes.
Meeting point: Chadwick Building
This tour will provide background on the history of Daniel Jones, George Bernard Shaw's Play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady, and the changing relation between the Cockney and RP dialects of English
Free Activities for Families
13: 00 -17:00
Grant Museum of Zoology, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and UCL Art Museum
(Meeting point at any of the Museums listed)
Find out more about the moon in ancient Egyptian culture, the animals that roam at night guided by the moon, and artists that have responded to the lure of moonlight and its power in UCL's free family interactive museum trail.
The moon and its relationship to our planet has been an inspiration and a recurring motif in cultures for millions of years. The push and pull of these celestial bodies continues to enthral and inspire human creativity and scientific research.
Please bring your mobile smart phone and headphones if you are able to.
No Booking Required
Meeting point: The Japanese Garden
In February 2019, the doors opened to UCL’s highly anticipated, brand new building that is already award-winning. The Student Centre is an exciting new space with the needs of the student at its heart. It’s a flagship for sustainability, has 1,000 multi-use study spaces is home to two specially commissioned works of contemporary art: A sculpture by Turner Prize-winning artist Rachel Whiteread and a digital installation by multidisciplinary artist duo Thomson & Craighead which reveals the diversity of the university's staff and students in real time. Take a look at this calm, modern study centre that is providing an essential space to think, explore, collaborate, discover and challenge.
Book Now 10:00 | 11:00 | 13:00 | 14:00 | 15:30