The Octagon unveils summer exhibition

17th May 2017
The Octagon

The Octagon’s summer 2017 exhibition was officially unveiled last night. In Spotlight – illuminating stories from across UCL Culture, exhibits from UCL’s four public museums- the Grant Museum of Zoology, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL Art Museum and UCL Pathology Museum – have been brought together for the very first time.

The exhibition sets out to illuminate these collections and, in turn, to tell the story of our evolving civilisation across cultures and across time. From the everyday lives of the Ancient Egyptians, to the influence of women on art education and practice. From the science and beauty of animal anatomy, to the diagnosis of disease through human specimens.

By weaving these collections together into one space, Spotlight provides a unique perspective on our world. A lens to observe the beauty, complexity and fragility of life on this planet. 


Spotlight is also a testament to UCL’s pioneering research and teaching history. The over 300,000 artefacts, artworks and specimens managed by UCL Culture are sources of discovery, reflection and enjoyment by communities inside and outside UCL.

Spotlight – illuminating stories from across UCL Culture, will be on display at The Octagon Gallery from 16th May -13th September 2017.

The exhibition space is FREE and open to all from 9am – 7pm daily.

For more information about The Octagon, visit The Octagon Gallery homepage.


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