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Jeremy Bentham
Jeremy Bentham returns to UCL
8th Aug 2018
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Jeremy Bentham
Jeremy Bentham to feature in New York exhibition
14th Feb 2018
After much preparation and keeping of secrets, we can now finally reveal our exciting news![[{"fid":"5399","view_mode":"small","fields":{"format":"small","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Jeremy Bentham","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"right","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"small","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Jeremy Bentham","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"right","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"408","width":"409","class":"media-element file-small"}}]]The auto-icon of Jeremy Bentham which usually resides in the South Cloisters of UCL's main building, will be travelling to New York to be a central part of The Met's exhibition, Like Life: Sculpture, Color and the Body, 1300-now. This will be the first time since Bentham's death 180 years ago that the auto-icon will leave UCL.The exhibition will bring together sculptures of the human form by a wealth of well-known artists including Rodin, Degas, Louise Bourgeois and Jeff Koons, documenting 700 years of sculptural practice from 14th century Europe to the present. [[{"fid":"7243","view_mode":"medium","fields":{"format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Jeremy Bentham conservation work","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"left","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Jeremy Bentham conservation work","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"left","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"2448","width":"3264","class":"media-element file-medium"}}]]Organising a loan like this is, though hugely exciting, is also months in the making. Our collections team have been hard at work preparing the auto-icon for departure next month (March), undertaking a full inspection and spring clean, revealing his underwear for the first time for more than 20 years. It is thought the only time before that may have been during the war. Jayne Dunn, Head of Collections Management confirmed, “He is wearing the original underwear (which has not got infested) and two sets of stockings, one over the other. That might have been the fashion then. Over the top he has a vest which is the original.”.Indeed, the first task was to check Bentham for infestations. “We don’t want to send an object to another museum and infect their collection with pests. The first thing we had to do was to discover whether he was suffering from any infestations. If he had been we would have had to fumigate him,”.YouTube Widget Placeholderhttps://youtu.be/ZJvxmUopcJ8  The skeleton is padded with linen tow, which resembles wood wool, held in place by a large stockinet over the body which was replaced in the 1990s after being damaged by an infestation. It is thought the original jacket and trousers were also replaced in the Second World War by UCL curator Violette Lafleur after being eaten by pests. “Carpet beetles love wool but they are less keen on linen which is why we think the vest, underpants and stockings have survived,” said Jayne.Bentham’s stuffing had also lost its shape with a large lump protruding from his back which required remedial work. Our collections curator Subhadra Das explained “When you have an old sofa everything settles into the bottom and you have to plump up the cushions,”. “Well the same thing happened with Bentham. We have not added anything but reapportioned where it is so he looks a lot slimmer. He has a strong core now.”[[{"fid":"7247","view_mode":"medium","fields":{"format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Jeremy Bentham conservation work","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"left","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Jeremy Bentham conservation work","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"left","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"3264","width":"2448","class":"media-element file-medium"}}]]The team took advice from specialist art transporters on the safest way to pack Bentham who recommended he be placed on his back in a seated position to minimise stress on the fragile bones. One crate, shaped inside like a chair, will be used for Bentham, while a separate crate will carry his coat as well as his hat, wax head, chair and cane – all of which are thought to be the originals. “One of the things that made him eccentric is that he gave names to things, so he called his walking stick Dapple, or Dobbin,” said Subhadra.The final preparations for his departure will begin in early March when he comes off display at UCL. Jayne Dunn and Emilia Kingham, a UCL conservator, specialising in human remains, natural history and wet specimens, will travel with the crated auto-icon to New York.Bentham always had an ambition to go to America, and now for the first time he will. We'll wish him a warm farewell at our event A Wake for Jeremy Bentham tomorrow night, Thursday February 15, Bentham’s 270th birthday.The preserved head of Jeremy Bentham will remain on display for two more weeks as part of our current Octagon exhibition What Does it Mean to Be Human? until 28 February.  
Global Stories Photo
10th anniversary year, awards and funding!
9th Jan 2018
Lead image credit: Ellen Filor, for Global Stories project, part of East India at Home In 2008, UCL was one of six Beacons for Public Engagement established by HEFCE, RCUK and Wellcome Trust to inspire culture change in how universities engaged with the public. Over the last 10 years, thanks to the outstanding work of so many of you and your community partners locally, nationally and internationally, the culture of engagement at UCL has gone from strength to strength. UCL Culture now encompasses one of the largest centrally-funded public engagement teams in the country and there is a growing community of skilled and dedicated public engagement practitioners within UCL’s staff and student body.Since 2008, the Public Engagement Unit has advised on 1294 projects, trained over 5000 researchers, hosted public engagement events attracting over 74,000 participants and contributed to successful external research grant applications totalling almost £128 million.In a triple hurrah to mark our anniversary year, we have three opportunities for you to take your public engagement work to new heights this year.[[{"fid":"3853","view_mode":"medium","fields":{"format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"2017 Provost Awards","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"2017 Provost Awards","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"left","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"2017 Provost Awards","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"2017 Provost Awards","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"left","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"534","width":"500","class":"media-element file-medium"}}]]Nominations are now open for the Provost’s Awards for Public Engagement, an opportunity to celebrate not just the work of the last year but also the public engagement journey that we have been on as an institution.  We are also launching the 10th year of the Beacon Bursary funding scheme. With up to £2000 of funding available per applicant, previously supported projects have been both ambitious and incredibly diverse. They include art workshops exploring faith in urban populations and working with patients to create a cookbook of recipes to help alleviate symptoms of macular degeneration. If you need money to involve a public group in your research find out how to apply now.For PhD students who are alumni of UCL public engagement training, we invite you to apply for up to £1000 from Train and Engage– a chance to dip your toe in the public engagement water and put your newly-acquired knowledge to practical use on a project relating to your own research.You can read about our ambitions for the future on the UCL Culture blog and see the plans already set out in UCL’s Public Engagement Strategy.But what have your experiences of engagement at UCL been? And what are your ambitions for the future? We’d love to hear from you and will be gathering and sharing your thoughts on public engagement past and future as this anniversary year progresses.Here’s to the next ten years! More to look out for in 2018:Provosts Awards for Public Engagement – Deadline 5th March 2018These awards celebrate the outstanding work done by UCL staff and students, and their community partners, to bring together UCL research and teaching with the needs, interests and expertise of those outside the institution.Awards recognise students, professional services staff and academic/research staff at all career levels. They also reflect the valuable commitment made by the community partners who work so closely with UCL people to make public engagement possible.Information on how to nominate someone for an award and what kind of work is eligible is available on our website.We look forward to celebrating the achievements of all nominees at the awards ceremony in June.Funding[[{"fid":"6995","view_mode":"large","fields":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Audiences with interactive game","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Audiences with interactive game","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Audiences with interactive game","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Audiences with interactive game","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"3840","width":"5760","class":"media-element file-large"}}]]Ever considered how your research could impact a wider community beyond the university? The UCL Culture Public Engagement Unit is now accepting applications for its flagship funding programs: the Beacon Bursaries, and Train and Engage funding. Through these funding schemes, UCL staff and students can connect with public groups, benefiting their own research and the lives of public partners.Beacon Bursaries – Deadline Midnight, Sunday 17th June 2018Beacon Bursaries are designed to support staff and postgraduate research students at UCL to engage with public groups. This scheme funds public engagement activities that increase staff and postgraduate research students’ activity, skills, and understanding of public engagement. Up to £2,000 is available through this fund.In 2017, Beacon Bursaries supported staff and students to create a participatory photography exhibition in Rwanda, host workshops with young people with chronic rheumatic conditions, create storytelling maps in Cornwall, and to run a beatboxing workshop with patients who have had laryngectomies. The bursaries have funded a host of activities in previous years, and for more information and guidance on this round, and information on previous projects, please visit our project page.Train and Engage – Deadline Midnight, Sunday 3rd June 2018The aim of the Train and Engage grant scheme is to increase activity, skills and understanding of public engagement among postgraduate research students across UCL. Only those who have attended training delivered by the PEU are able to apply for the funding of up to £1,000. If you have been funded through this scheme in the past, you are not eligible for this round.In 2017, Train and Engage funding supported postgraduate research students to work on projects linked to festivals, playgrounds, infant development, herbal medicine, photosynthesis and much more. This funding is a valuable public engagement development opportunity, and for information and guidance for this round, please visit our project page.*With all of our funding schemes, it is essential that applicants read the guidance, and we recommend that they also contact the unit to discuss their proposals.For any help or questions about applying for funding, please email publicengagement@ucl.ac.uk. 
Audiences with interactive game
Public Engagement funding rounds now open
8th Jan 2018
This year celebrates the 10th anniversary of the UCL Public Engagaement Unit. We'll be looking at some of their highlights in the weeks and months to come, but right now we want to talk about funding opportunities which open today. The Public Engagement Unit offers two funding programmes: Beacon Bursaries – Deadline 17th June 2018Beacon Bursaries are designed to support staff and postgraduate research students at UCL to engage with public groups. This scheme funds public engagement activities that increase staff and postgraduate research students’ activity, skills, and understanding of public engagement. Up to £2,000 is available through this fund.In 2017, Beacon Bursaries supported staff and students to create a participatory photography exhibition in Rwanda, host workshops with young people with chronic rheumatic conditions, create storytelling maps in Cornwall, and to run a beatboxing workshop with patients who have had laryngectomies. The bursaries have funded a host of activities in previous years, and for more information and guidance on this round, and information on previous projects, please visit our project page.Train and Engage – Deadline 3rd June 2018The aim of the Train and Engage grant scheme is to increase activity, skills and understanding of public engagement among postgraduate research students across UCL. Only those who have attended training delivered by the PEU are able to apply for the funding of up to £1,000. If you have been funded through this scheme in the past, you are not eligible for this round.In 2017, Train and Engage funding supported postgraduate research students to work on projects linked to festivals, playgrounds, infant development, herbal medicine, photosynthesis and much more. This funding is a valuable public engagement development opportunity, and for information and guidance for this round, please visit our project page. With all of our funding schemes, it is essential that applicants read the guidance, and we recommend that they also contact the unit to discuss their proposals.For any help or questions about applying for funding, please email publicengagement@ucl.ac.uk. Good luck! 
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