School for the Creative and Cultural Industries


Spaces and Facilities

Based at UCL East in Stratford, East London and spread over two buildings (One Pool Street and Marshgate), the School for the Creative and Cultural Industries is home to many specialist facilities to support practice-based research and teaching in the arts, humanities and social sciences, from media and conservation labs to studio and exhibition spaces.

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Culture Lab: Object Learning Studio and Exhibition Space

Located at Marshgate, UCL East, the Culture Lab builds on UCL’s long tradition of object-based learning and collections-based research. It’s a space for students, artists and community groups to work with collections and archives to creatively share with each other and the public what matters to them through teaching, exhibitions and events.

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UCL Urban Room

UCL Urban Room is a practice-based, public-facing space dedicated to debate and engagement around key questions of future living in relation to urbanism.

The Urban Room hosts events, exhibitions, workshops and engagement with local stakeholders, professional audiences, and the wider public.

Memory Workshop and Memory Bike 
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The Memory Workshop is a centre for public-facing history teaching and research, and provides access to UCL’s Special Collections including the social history of London.

The Memory Bike is a portable, bicycle-mounted recording and listening station and digital acoustic archive which supports the documentation and recording of local voices and everyday soundscapes. 

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UCL East Media Studio

The Media Studio includes new production, editing and screening facilities including a DCP screening room and a radio/podcast suite.

Our facilities support teaching in creative documentary and fiction filmmaking, games design and AR/VR, as well as immersive sound design and storytelling for radio and podcasts.

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Community Cinema

A fully equipped cinema that will be open to students and the local community.

Our cinema will give everyone in the area the chance to see great works of cinematic art and to curate their own programmes of film.

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Slade Studio

The Slade Studio is a flexible art studio space at UCL East. It is used by undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, for partnership meetings and events, and for outreach activity such as the Art & Design Saturday Club which aims to encourage local school children to improve their creative skills.

The Studio will be used by a new undergraduate degree from UCL’s world-leading Slade School of Fine Art focused on the intersections of art and technology.

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Conservation Laboratory and Media Conservation Studio

The Media Conservation Studio is one of two unique spaces at UCL East supporting teaching and world class research in the Conservation of Contemporary Art and Media MSc

Since the 1960s artists from around the world have increasingly used a range of different analogue and digital media in the making of their art, including film, 35mm slides, video, audio, and software. This studio is dedicated to the conservation and technical exploration of these artworks and the media they employ.

Responding to urgent conservation challenges presented by growing collections of this important part of our contemporary heritage, the Media Conservation Studio houses specialist equipment to support the analysis and digitisation of obsolete tape-based video such as VHS, U-Matic, Betacam, and DVCAM, and optical media such as LaserDisc and DVD, as well as enabling the examination and transcoding of contemporary file-based video formats.The studio also supports advanced research in the conservation of software-based artworks, meeting the needs of artworks incorporating new technologies such as game engines and artificial intelligence.