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What Does It Mean To Be Human?
26th Oct 2017
Have you noticed a slightly gruesome, yet intriguing human head pop up in your Twitter feed lately? If you like your Halloween frights with an existential twist - read on...[[{"fid":"6195","view_mode":"large","fields":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Jeremy Bentham head","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Jeremy Bentham's head","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"%3Cp%3EJeremy%20Bentham%26%2339%3Bs%20head%26nbsp%3B%3Cfont%3E%3Cfont%3E%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.copyright01.com%2F%25C2%25A9-symbole-copyright%22%20onmousedown%3D%22return%20rwt(this%2C''%2C''%2C''%2C'6'%2C'AOvVaw3X7VgKg415pxNcTC_jG343'%2C''%2C'0ahUKEwj12r6knebWAhUG0xoKHS6TCGUQFghHMAU'%2C''%2C''%2Cevent)%22%3E%26copy%3B%3C%2Fa%3E%26nbsp%3BUCL%3C%2Ffont%3E%3C%2Ffont%3E%3C%2Fp%3E","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]":"Jeremy Bentham head","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Jeremy Bentham's head","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"%3Cp%3EJeremy%20Bentham%26%2339%3Bs%20head%26nbsp%3B%3Cfont%3E%3Cfont%3E%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.copyright01.com%2F%25C2%25A9-symbole-copyright%22%20onmousedown%3D%22return%20rwt(this%2C''%2C''%2C''%2C'6'%2C'AOvVaw3X7VgKg415pxNcTC_jG343'%2C''%2C'0ahUKEwj12r6knebWAhUG0xoKHS6TCGUQFghHMAU'%2C''%2C''%2Cevent)%22%3E%26copy%3B%3C%2Fa%3E%26nbsp%3BUCL%3C%2Ffont%3E%3C%2Ffont%3E%3C%2Fp%3E","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"500","width":"800","class":"media-element file-large"}}]]This, ladies and gentlemen, is the preserved head of our resident Auto-icon Jeremy Bentham.  For decades it's been out of public view in protective storage here at UCL, but this month we brought him out for our Octagon Gallery exhibition, What Does It Mean To Be Human? Curating Heads at UCL to explore ideas around the philosophy of science, history and archaeology. You can check out the behind the scenes video here.[[{"fid":"6467","view_mode":"small","fields":{"format":"small","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"What Does It Mean to be Human? The Tab","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"What Does It Mean to be Human? The Tab","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":"small","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"What Does It Mean to be Human? The Tab","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"What Does It Mean to be Human? 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We saw Bentham in The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Sun and Fox News. He even made it onto Have I Got News For You which managed to cover most of the popular myths around Bentham in one go - but more on that at Novemeber's Fake News event.[[{"fid":"6447","view_mode":"large","fields":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Have I Got News for You","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Have I Got News For You","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]":"Have I Got News for You","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Have I Got News For You","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":"636","width":"1134","class":"media-element file-large"}}]]Of course, it's no great surprise to us that he's receiving all this attention, Jeremy Bentham was a trailblazer in his day. He was strongly anti-church and believed that dead bodies were of greater use – or ‘utility’ – if they were studied so that medical professionals could learn more about them. It was an understandably delicate subject then, and still is today. The ethical debates surrounding modern medical research are in part due to Bentham’s line of questioning.But Bentham wasn't just concerned with anatomical science. He is probably most famed for his philosophy of Utilitarianism, and particularly the line, "The greatest good, for the greatest number". This idea was revolutionary, and has influenced many a political campaign since - including Labour's recent, "For the many not the few".[[{"fid":"6471","view_mode":"medium","fields":{"format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"What Does It Mean to be Human?","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"What Does It Mean to be Human?","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":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"What Does It Mean to be Human?","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"What Does It Mean to be Human?","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":"3048","width":"3360","class":"media-element file-medium"}}]]With all this focus on Bentham, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's a one-man show, but there is so much more to explore in the Octagon Gallery. The cases are filled with thought-provoking objects that question who we are and how we see ourselves. These include a 3,000 year-old papyrus documenting a will, a mammoth tusk, a cast of a Neanderthal skull, and cutting-edge scientific research to extract DNA from Bentham's tissue. We look at Flinders Petrie (yes that's Petrie of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology) who also left his head to science, and examine his contributions towards the study of human remains.The exhibition takes a cross-disciplinary approach exploring history, archaeology and philosophy to dissect our ideas of what it means to be human. [[{"fid":"6451","view_mode":"large","fields":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"What Does It Mean to be Human?","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"What Does It Mean to be Human?","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]":"What Does It Mean to be Human?","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"What Does It Mean to be Human?","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":"3456","width":"5184","class":"media-element file-large"}}]]The Octagon Gallery is open 9am-6pm every day, and the exhibition runs until 28 February 2018.See our exhibition page for details of talks accompanying the exhibition. 
Bloomsbury Festival
Bloomsbury Festival @ UCL
18th Oct 2017
Today sees the launch of the Bloomsbury Festival, a yearly celebration of the inspiring minds, institutions and residents of this buzzing quarter of London.[[{"fid":"6431","view_mode":"large","fields":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Bloomsbury Festival","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Bloomsbury Festival","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]":"Bloomsbury Festival","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Bloomsbury Festival","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":"1403","width":"1787","class":"media-element file-large"}}]]UCL Culture will be leading the UCL Hub in our Main Quad this Saturday - a day of drop-in activities exploring this year’s festival theme of Independence, and the science and art of living well.So what’s going to be happening? We’ll be looking at how new technology is improving our lives – from virtual reality tech, to pollution-filtering devices for cleaner breathing. Our friendly researchers will be demonstrating how their work is helping the visually impaired, and how technology will allow us to be independent as we age. We’ll even have a solar-powered café to keep you refreshed throughout the day.[[{"fid":"6423","view_mode":"small","fields":{"format":"small","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Visual impairment","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Visual Impairment Hackathon","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]":"Visual impairment","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Visual Impairment Hackathon","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":"3876","width":"2579","class":"media-element file-small"}}]]The drop-in activities will show a cross section of research taking place at UCL which aims to improve our quality of life, including workshops on developing personal power by experts in public health. You can attend wellbeing classes and get a massage with a leading vegan skincare range, and join the UCL Art Museum to explore art as therapy.We’ll think about identity through storytelling, and celebrate Indian independence with folktales. If by that time you’re getting peckish, keep an eye out for our neighbours Planet Organic who will be dishing up healthy food on the day.We have a packed programme of performances at the Bloomsbury Studio too. Read more about them here.For full listings of the festival go to the Bloomsbury Festival website.[[{"fid":"6271","view_mode":"medium","fields":{"format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Bloomsbury Festival logo","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]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Bloomsbury Festival logo","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]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"287","width":"768","class":"media-element file-medium"}}]]   
Joy @ Bloomsbury Festival
Bloomsbury Festival @ the Bloomsbury Studio
10th Oct 2017
As part of the Bloomsbury Festival (18 – 22 October) the Bloomsbury Theatre's Studio will play host to a vibrant programme of performances, exploring coming of age and awakening, migration and feminism, as part of this year’s theme of Independence.[[{"fid":"5791","view_mode":"large","fields":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Bloomsbury Festival logo","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]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Bloomsbury Festival logo","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]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"287","width":"768","class":"media-element file-large"}}]]The Bloomsbury Festival, founded in 2006 “shines a light on the radical imaginations, institutions, and diverse residents that shape contemporary Bloomsbury”.UCL's Main Quad will form one of the festival hubs on Saturday 21st Oct. Join us for a day of music, dance, art, performance and hands-on activities featuring the latest UCL research exploring science and art of living well.[[{"fid":"5795","view_mode":"large","fields":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Swamp Girls, The Frog Princess Punked","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]":"%3Cp%3E%3Cem%3EThe%20Frog%20Princess%20Punked%20%3C%2Fem%3Efeaturing%26nbsp%3BThe%20Swamp%20Girls%3C%2Fp%3E","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]":"Swamp Girls, The Frog Princess Punked","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]":"%3Cp%3E%3Cem%3EThe%20Frog%20Princess%20Punked%20%3C%2Fem%3Efeaturing%26nbsp%3BThe%20Swamp%20Girls%3C%2Fp%3E","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"1014","width":"1579","class":"media-element file-large"}}]]But what can we expect to see in the Bloomsbury Theatre's Studio space during the festival? Well, there's all sorts! if you want to be inspired by strong female voices, join us for noisy Russian fairytale-punk crossover, The Frog Princess Punked. We’ll also explore female roles from classical mythology, and what their stories tell us about the ongoing liberation of women in Myth Independent. If you’re up for something a little racier, join us for JOY, a sea of thoughts on sexuality and self-worth.[[{"fid":"5811","view_mode":"small","fields":{"format":"small","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Joy","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":"small","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Joy","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":"978","width":"660","class":"media-element file-small"}}]]If you fancy something surreal, you might enjoy Lucid, a production combining text, physical theatre, acrobatics and lighting to explore the territory between waking and dreaming states. Everyone's dreams are unique, and it is this take on the theme of independence which will bring together interviews with those working in dream research, with dancing and singing.[[{"fid":"5807","view_mode":"small","fields":{"format":"small","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Lucid, by New Public","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]":"Lucid, by New Public","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":"250","width":"300","class":"media-element file-small"}}]]On the loss of independence is The Dance Hall, an intimate story of Irish immigrant grandparents in England gives us a glimpse into the life of someone out of place. Catching the Ghost the debut of Chris Campion, a visually impaired actor and musician who describes his gradual loss of sight with sharp humour.[[{"fid":"5815","view_mode":"small","fields":{"format":"small","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"On Having No Head","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":"small","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"On Having No Head","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":"250","width":"300","class":"media-element file-small"}}]]Keen followers of UCL Culture events will know all about our exhibition of Jeremy Bentham's preserved head - What Does It Mean To Be Human? If you enjoyed that, perhaps you’ll consider what it might be like not to have a head at all? On Having No Head (a dramatization of one of David Bowie’s favourite books by D.E. Harding) will explore just that conundrum, combining ideas on psychology, philosophy and Zen Buddhism, with a good dose of comedy to boot.To book tickets to these and other events at the Bloomsbury Theatre performances visit their bookings page.To find out more about the whole festival visit the Bloomsbury Festival website.We hope to see you there!
Stoke Newington Methodist church
Provost's Award Spotlight: 200 Years of Methodism in Stoke Newington
9th Oct 2017
One of the highlights in the UCL public engagement year is the Provost's Awards for Public Engagement. This takes place every year in the spring and recognises the fantastic work that UCL's staff and students do to open up research and teaching at UCL to the wider world by engaging with communities.There were seven winners earlier in the year – which you can read about here – but we had over fifty nominations from across UCL.  With such a wealth of projects, we didn’t want to miss an opportunity to shout about this work – which is all amazing.   So we decided to run this new news feature - the Provost Awards Spotlight.  This feature will run throughout the rest of the year in the run up to the next Awards, and will tell the stories of these individuals using their platform at UCL to mobilise, inspire and amplify.[[{"fid":"5575","view_mode":"medium","fields":{"format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Ruth Slatter","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]":"Ruth Slatter","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":"400","width":"400","class":"media-element file-medium"}}]]This month we’re featuring Ruth Slatter, who has just completed her PhD in the UCL Department of Geography. Her research focuses on the material design of Methodist practices in London from 1851 to 1932 and the everyday experiences of their congregations.Ruth’s project, 200 Years of Methodism in Stoke Newington celebrated the anniversary of the first Methodist church built in Stoke Newington, and the opening of a brand new church on the original site. She told us, “The project aimed to engage both the church’s congregation and the local community in the history of Methodism in Stoke Newington and introduce them to the new church building, which was specifically designed to be a flexible space for community use”.[[{"fid":"5579","view_mode":"xl","fields":{"format":"xl","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Stoke Newington Methodist church","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"©Tim Crocker","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"%3Cp%3E%26copy%3BTim%20Crocker%3C%2Fp%3E","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":"xl","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Stoke Newington Methodist church","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"©Tim Crocker","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"%3Cp%3E%26copy%3BTim%20Crocker%3C%2Fp%3E","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"580","width":"870","class":"media-element file-xl"}}]]Ruth helped the church's launch by working with members of the church's community, local historians and a photographer to run events, produce a podcast, and host an exhibition of the area's historical geography.  Julian Cowie, architect of the new development said of the church's opening ceremony, “the youngest member of the church unveiled the foundation stone which has been laid in the entrance foyer space and is inscribed with an excerpt from scripture that is important to the ethos of the church. The service was a joyous occasion filled with music and blessings for the new church and the Methodist community in Stoke Newington.”The words committed to stone like this seemed an appropriate symbol for the wider context of Ruth’s research. The idea of personal reflection being built into the fabric of the building is an interesting parallel to some of the questions Ruth was asking the congregation.“Part of my research is interested in exploring how the physical design of church buildings affects how people engage with their religious practices. For example, I ask questions like how does the arrangement of the seats affect what congregation members can see, how does the position of the windows and the light conditions influence the mood of the space?”[[{"fid":"5587","view_mode":"large","fields":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Stoke Newington Methodist church stained glass","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]":"%3Cp%3E%26copy%3BTim%20Crocker%3C%2Fp%3E","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]":"Stoke Newington Methodist church stained glass","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]":"%3Cp%3E%26copy%3BTim%20Crocker%3C%2Fp%3E","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"580","width":"712","class":"media-element file-large"}}]]Ruth commissioned photographer Susanne Hakuba to capture members of the congregation in the new church, in poses reflective of their faith. She displayed the photos with short testimonies - an idea we loved.[[{"fid":"5599","view_mode":"large","fields":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Congregation members","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]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Congregation members","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]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"2000","width":"2000","class":"media-element file-large"}}]][[{"fid":"5603","view_mode":"large","fields":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Congregation members","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]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Congregation members","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]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"2000","width":"2000","class":"media-element file-large"}}]][[{"fid":"5607","view_mode":"large","fields":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Congregation members","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]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Congregation members","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]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"2000","width":"2000","class":"media-element file-large"}}]][[{"fid":"5611","view_mode":"large","fields":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Congregation members","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]":"%3Cp%3EPhotography%20by%20Susanne%20Hakuba%3C%2Fp%3E","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]":"Congregation members","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]":"%3Cp%3EPhotography%20by%20Susanne%20Hakuba%3C%2Fp%3E","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"2000","width":"2000","class":"media-element file-large"}}]]“The portraits are much more than representations of congregation members in physical spaces and they begin to reveal how church spaces are 'metaphysical' spaces, spaces created by individuals' lived experience in, and memories of, these places. When these portraits were taken each congregation member was asked to stand in a pose that reflected their approach to worship and in the exhibition these portraits were accompanied by a short biography. These biographies included quotes from each congregation member about their experience of church, religion and faith".One congregation member said,"I like the Methodist Church, which is like a second home to me. If I don't come to church I feel very unhappy. I look forward to coming to church. I look forward to meeting people. I look forward to worshiping. I like the Methodist Church and their style of worshiping and I like their method of Christianity. The method is: 'All are welcome".Ruth’s inquisitive approach to public engagement has had a lasting impact on the church and its visitors. She told us, “The exhibition and events arranged to celebrate the church’s opening encouraged members of the local community to come into the church and they now host a community activity on nearly every day of the week!”[[{"fid":"5615","view_mode":"large","fields":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Stoke Newington Methodist church","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]":"%3Cp%3E%26copy%3BTim%20Crocker%3C%2Fp%3E","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]":"Stoke Newington Methodist church","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]":"%3Cp%3E%26copy%3BTim%20Crocker%3C%2Fp%3E","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"580","width":"870","class":"media-element file-large"}}]]Her work also leaves us with some really interesting questions to ponder, whether we are religious or not. How do the spaces you use each day affect your mentality? Do you have favourite places to go and think? How can we use spaces more effectively to create community?We’d love to hear your thoughts as we continue the conversation on Twitter @UCLCulture.
Train and Engage
Winners of Train and Engage funding announced
8th Sep 2017
UCL Culture is committed to the development of UCL staff and students, and firmly believes that Public Engagement can be a major contributor to this development. Train and Engage is a program designed to do just this, giving UCL research students training in the theory of public engagement, along with practical tips for running a project. Upon completing the training, students have the opportunity to bid for up to £1,000 to make these projects happen.In the past, the program has funded over 50 project leaders, who have gone on to continue their career in research, gain promotion, and use their new skills to work on other projects in a variety of contexts.[[{"fid":"5627","view_mode":"large","fields":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Women of Methodist church","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Women of Methodist church","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"%3Cp%3EParticipants%20at%20Ruth%20Slatter%26rsquo%3Bs%20%26lsquo%3B200%20Years%20of%20Methodism%20in%20Stoke%20Newington%26rsquo%3B%20project.%20%26copy%3B%20Susanne%20Hakuba%3C%2Fp%3E","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]":"Women of Methodist church","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Women of Methodist church","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"%3Cp%3EParticipants%20at%20Ruth%20Slatter%26rsquo%3Bs%20%26lsquo%3B200%20Years%20of%20Methodism%20in%20Stoke%20Newington%26rsquo%3B%20project.%20%26copy%3B%20Susanne%20Hakuba%3C%2Fp%3E","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"667","width":"1000","class":"media-element file-large"}}]]We are proud to announce the winners of 2016/17 grants and to welcome our newest cohort of funded PhD students. Nine project leaders have been funded, and will be working with public groups on projects linked to festivals, playgrounds, infant development, herbal medicine, photosynthesis and much more. The information on each of the project leaders and a summary of their project is available to download.[[{"fid":"5635","view_mode":"large","fields":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Train and Engage","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]":"%3Cp%3EMaddison%20Coke%20and%20team%20at%20Green%20Man%20Festival%202016%2C%20with%20%23challengeMartha%3C%2Fp%3E","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]":"Train and Engage","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]":"%3Cp%3EMaddison%20Coke%20and%20team%20at%20Green%20Man%20Festival%202016%2C%20with%20%23challengeMartha%3C%2Fp%3E","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"720","width":"960","class":"media-element file-large"}}]]The next training sessions for Train and Engage will be in the spring term and the next funding deadline will be in June 2018. You can find more information on Train and Engage here. For announcements and information about Train and Engage and other funding opportunities for public engagement projects you can also sign up to our newsletter.
Chicken
The Museum of Ordinary Animals
7th Sep 2017
[[{"fid":"5555","view_mode":"xl","fields":{"format":"xl","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Ordinary Animals","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]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"xl","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Ordinary Animals","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]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"605","width":"1400","class":"media-element file-xl"}}]]Dogs, pigeons, cats, cows, chickens and mice - The Museum of Ordinary Animals tells the story of the boring beasts that have changed our world.We tend to take these animals for granted since they are such a normal part of our lives, but these often overlooked creatures have had a profound impact on humanity and the natural world. In this free exhibition, we’ll be investigating where they came from, and the extraordinary things we have learned from them.[[{"fid":"5543","view_mode":"xl","fields":{"format":"xl","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Dog nose","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]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"xl","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Dog nose","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]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"640","width":"960","class":"media-element file-xl"}}]]The exhibition will include a wide range of objects exploring archaeology, art, zoology and the history of science, and will feature stories from cutting-edge research taking place at University College London that investigates 'Ordinary Animals' in the wider contexts of culture and the environment. Exhibits include a wall of 4000 mice skeletons hand-collected from islands across the world; a brand new (ethically sourced) taxidermy chicken; famous animal-based artworks from UCL Art Museum’s collection; and Egyptian cat mummies and what may be the world’s oldest veterinary text, on loan from The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.[[{"fid":"5559","view_mode":"medium","fields":{"format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Lucky cats","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]":"Lucky cats","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":"643","width":"1024","class":"media-element file-medium"}}]]“Ordinary Animals are everywhere, and the ways they interact with our lives are endless and varied”, said Jack Ashby, Manager of the Grant Museum, “We have invited them into our homes as pets; their role in our diets has changed us biologically; they are critical to modern medicine and they hold huge symbolic value in many cultures. This exhibition aims to shed light on the profound ways that these familiar creatures have changed both the human and natural worlds”. [[{"fid":"5539","view_mode":"xl","fields":{"format":"xl","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Pigeon skeleton","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Pigeon skeleton","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"%3Cp%3EPigeon%20Skeleton%26nbsp%3B%3Cb%3E%3Cfont%3E%3Cfont%3E%26copy%3B%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Ffont%3E%3C%2Ffont%3E%3C%2Fb%3EUCL%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fp%3E","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":"xl","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Pigeon skeleton","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Pigeon skeleton","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"%3Cp%3EPigeon%20Skeleton%26nbsp%3B%3Cb%3E%3Cfont%3E%3Cfont%3E%26copy%3B%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Ffont%3E%3C%2Ffont%3E%3C%2Fb%3EUCL%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fp%3E","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"683","width":"1024","class":"media-element file-xl"}}]]"Before humans, there were no 'Ordinary Animals'. We created them – either physically, through the process of domestication; or conceptually, through the ways we consider common wild species.” We hope you'll join us in giving these animals the attention they deserve! Check out more about the exhibition and linked events.[[{"fid":"5547","view_mode":"large","fields":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"mouse","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]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"mouse","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]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"467","width":"960","class":"media-element file-large"}}]] 
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