IAA Festival 2018: Enter the weird and wonderful world of UCL
1 August 2018
See a side of UCL that you’ve never seen before with a series of tours throughout the Festival uncovering secret places and undiscovered stories
From the sofa on which Brad Pitt once had an afternoon nap, to the notebook in which George Orwell sketched out his ideas for Nineteen Eighty Four, UCL is home to a range of secret places, fascinating objects, undiscovered stories and little known facts.
On Saturday 15 September, the University is opening its doors as part of the It’s All Academic Festival for a series of tours that will bring those secrets out into the open.
If biodiversity is your bag, join the UCL Sustainability Tour to explore UCL from top to bottom, taking in rooftop gardens and energy efficient boiler rooms, finding swift nesting boxes and beehives, and exploring how UCL is creating more sustainable buildings.
Afterwards, head back indoors to explore the hidden treasures of UCL’s Special Collections – one of the UK’s top collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books. With items ranging from illustrated manuscripts, to the writings of Darwin, Beethoven and Orwell, this is a rare opportunity to get up close with some highly historic and valuable objects.
Many of UCL’s secrets are behind closed doors but others are hiding in plain sight. The Rock Around UCL tour will help you to see the campus with new eyes, exploring the hidden geology in its building stones. Discover life from Jurassic seas, two billion year old crystals and much more.
Alumni can also sign up for exclusive tours of the new Student Centre now being built next to the Bloomsbury Theatre – information will be available on the day in the Alumni Lounge.
Explore all the tours and book your places here: bit.ly/ovpdtours