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2018 Beacon Bursaries awarded
UCL Culture is delighted to announce the awardees in the latest round of Beacon Bursary funding.Beacon Bursaries have been designed to support staff and postgraduate research students at UCL to do public engagement. This scheme funds public engagement activities that increase staff and postgraduate research students’ activity, skills, and understanding of public engagement.The unit is proud to have funded 7 projects in the July 2018 round, and brief summaries are below:Victoria Dawson – History, Social and Historical SciencesWomen in the Miners’ Strike, 1984-5 – Reminiscence DayThe bursary will be used to record a reminiscence day at the National Coal Mining Museum for England (NCMME) bringing together 30 women from across Britain to discuss their experiences during the strike; it will allow us to record the event using videography and photography creating useful, high-quality outputs for the NCMME archive, for future researchers to engage with, and the creation of a short video and professional photos for use in the public dissemination of the project’s findings – both on our project website and the physical exhibition planned at the NCMME. A specialist videographer will record and edit the discussions to facilitate this. Photography will capture images to be used in an online exhibition, especially images of women’s strike ephemera. Photographing memorabilia, alone and with its owner, allows for a greater documenting of the context in which a document or object exists, creating a more tangible link between the ephemera and the human activity that produced it, allowing for retention of the human connection to the historic event. It will add visual material to the NCMME archive for the historians of the future. Having an image or video of a person giving an oral history testimony provides an immediate connection that a sound recording alone cannot. Hannah Ishmael – Information studiesCreating and Finding Voices: the role of oral histories and community-led archives in the African diasporaThrough working with London-based Sierra Leonean communities, this project explores the ways oral history (the recording of personal stories and histories) and community-led heritage (archives) initiatives, can be used to stimulate an inclusive and broader approach to the study and research in citizenship, global history, migration and diaspora.Paula Gomes Alves – Primary Care and Population HealthDisseminating the findings of a project about substance use treatment experience (iCARE): a researcher-service user collaborationThis project seeks to promote an active collaboration between UCL researchers and a group of 8-10 service users in substance use treatment (SUT) towards the development of digital resources (e.g. videos, podcasts, multimedia presentations) to disseminate the findings of the iCARE project. We have chosen digital resources as they are likely to have the greatest reach and impact among our target group of users of SUT.Anne Laybourne –Division of PsychiatryWhat should we do and how should we do it? A networking and consensus event to set an agenda for older people’s care research in NewhamThe form taken by this event will be co-designed with the communities of interest. However, it is anticipated that an event based in the Newham community will take place in October 2018 which will stimulate dialogue between ageing- and care-interested UCL researchers and create space for networking, priority setting through consensus work, and an collaborative assessment of the extent to which research can offer solutions to the needs prioritised by Newham’s care sector.Joanna Morrison – Institute for Global HealthVisual techniques for ethical engagementDr Morrison will work with 10 artists from the Janakpur Women’s Development Centre (JWDC) in rural plains Nepal and researchers from HERD International Nepal, who are conducting research about diabetes and healthy lifestyles. Artists and HERD researchers will discuss each aspect of the consent form which they will use in the diabetes research, and sketch pictorial images which represent each aspect. The sketches will be visual prompts for the lay researchers and will also help respondents with low literacy. Artists will then pre-pilot the consent form with other artists, refine and paint the pictures, and then pilot the form with community members and health workers. These interviews will be observed by HERD researchers, who will collect feedback from respondents about how they felt with the researcher using a pictorial consent form, and collect feedback from researchers using the pictorial consent form. HERD researchers will show the final pictorial consent form to the chair of the Nepal Health Ethics Committee and discuss the feasibility and acceptability of using it in Nepal.Rachel Rosen – Department of Social Science, Institute of EducationBridging Migration Research and Experience: co-constructing knowledge about gender, migration and settlement  Women’s experiences of migration are often shaped by gender-based discrimination and violence, familial responsibilities, and limited access to social benefits based on shifting ideas about the ‘deservingness’ of migrants. As a result, displaced women often face increasing hardship over time. At the same time, research suggests that social networks and involvement in community-based projects can mediate or challenge the precarity caused by migration and settlement experiences. However, research about migration is often financially and linguistically inaccessible to migrants, or may miss key issues and understandings that emerge from lived experience. This project will address these barriers and absences by bringing migrant women’s perspectives and experiences to the core of research on migration, supporting their capacities for engagement, and ameliorating their geographical and social isolation. A team of staff and students will run 3 face-to-face sessions at UCL that will bring our research on migration and gender into dialogue with women’s lived experiences of forced migration and settlement. Participatory, arts-based methods will be used to facilitate these encounters, with the focus for each session determined collaboratively to actively involve participants. Emilia Smeds, Jenny McArthur, Enora Robin - Science, Technology, Engineering and Public PolicyTake back the night: a night in the life of London’s care workersTake back the night: a night in the life of care workers” is a 15 minute film exploring what it means to be working at night in three of London’s hospitals. Through interviews with care workers and observation of their journey to and from work, as well as of their activities at work, the film aims to give voice to night time care workers, and show the contribution that they make to London’s Night Time Economy. Film is a powerful medium to communicate this, and is supported by empirical evidence developed in our research to date. By exploring the constraints faced by night time workers when moving around the city, the documentary also seeks to shed light on night time workers’ transport needs and spark policy discussions on how transport provision at night can cater for those needs.   
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2018 Train and Engage projects funded
UCL Culture is delighted to announce the awardees in the latest round of Train and Engage funding.Train and Engage is a training and funding program for postgraduate research students, who are looking to connect their work with public groups.The unit is proud to have funded 9 projects in 2018/19 and brief summaries are below. Eleanor Armstrong – Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, Institute of EducationBehind the Glass CabinetBehind the Glass Cabinet is a 10-part podcast series, showcasing and celebrating alternative narratives around museum objects delivered in conversation with Eleanor. Each episode presents an objects in a science museum local to her co-host, and celebrates a story that is not presented to the audience in that space. By inviting conversations with people who have knowledge of objects within museum spaces, but are not working as curators or are those who traditionally develop the narratives in science museum space, Behind the Glass Cabinet will encourages listeners to question the science museum’s ‘single’ story of science.Xaviera Gonzelez-Wegener – Education, Practice and Society, Institute of EducationAll means ALL: our inclusive revolutionThe aim of my project is to enable a professional learning community of heads, teachers and support staff in Chile, to work together under a common goal of enabling quality and inclusive education for all students. Given the particular socio-cultural tensions that all members of the school community are facing, due to inconsistent policies that are difficult to balance in practice, practitioners and managers need to develop an in-depth discussion to deconstruct and build together new attitudes towards diversity and how to embrace it in practical terms.Danbee Kim – Sainsbury Wellcome CentreDear Neuroscience Event Series“Dear Neuroscience” is an event series where artists, crafters, parents, and neuroscientists join forces to co-create explorations of neuroscience "in the wild". Neuroscience research today focuses heavily on studying nervous systems in sterile and predictable environments, but brains evolved in the messy, unpredictable world full of the unknown and the unexpected. Neuroscience now has the technology to complement laboratory research with field work, which we believe to be crucial for understanding the human mind. “Dear Neuroscience” will provide the opportunity for artists, crafters, and parents of young children, who have each refined a highly motivated and skilfully observant relationship with wild neural phenomena, to share their questions, insights, and hopes with the neuroscience community. Sin-Manw Lam – Culture, Communication and Media, Institute of EducationWorkshops and Sharing of Teaching Resources for in-service Mandarin teachers in London and ScotlandThe demand of learning Mandarin has been expanded rapidly in the last decades, yet there is a lack of teaching resources to support in-service teachers. We are going to offer two parallel full-day workshops for Mandarin teachers in London and Scotland on effective teaching strategies of Chinese characters. Two themes will be covered: (i) Chinese character learning, and (ii) vocabulary learning. The workshop will enable teachers to put theory into classroom practices, with handy teaching materials that they can immediately use in their teaching. A website will be built to share all teaching resources developed from the two workshops for use by teachers in the wider community.Shaun Liverpool – Psychology and Language SciencesPromoting shared decision making for children and young people mental health services   This project sets out to facilitate a series of workshops beginning September 2018 inviting public groups with interest in child and adolescent mental health to attend workshops that will explore creative ways to develop and disseminate materials on Shared Decision Making (SDM) for child and adolescent mental health services. We will highlight research findings and solicit ideas and opinions from the public, to facilitate creative ways to disseminate SDM information to various groups of people (e.g., families, schools, health care providers).  To encourage creativity, we will engage in group activities with volunteer students from the Department of Arts and Sciences and utilise IDEO Method Cards (a tool utilizing methods to inspire design) to facilitate co-production of ideas. The workshops will take place at various locations within communities across London. Conducting the workshops in various locations will allow us to reach a more diverse group of persons while controlling for the imbalance between researchers and community groups.   Vasileios Mavroudis – Computer Science, Information Security and PrivacyPirates and PrimesCryptogame is an open and publicly available serious-game that makes complex technical concepts accessible to non-experts, students or adults. Our initial focus is on security and privacy concepts, but the project could be also extended to include challenges from other disciplines. As part of the development of our game, we will organize sessions with different groups to investigate its playability and functionality, and to evaluate the learning outcomes based on a pre-/post-test procedure. The game framework, the challenges and all the schematics of the parts will be publicly available for everyone to print and organize their own sessions. Moreover, we aspire our online space to act as a central repository, where session organizers can exchange and improve different challenges.Mhairi McKenzie – UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child HealthSibling Health Research Awareness DayThe Sibling Research Open Day will involve a series of talks and workshops from a variety of invited speakers. It will be the aim to include variety in the workshops and presentations available on the day for instance session could include an interactive Q&A, group discussions and poster presentations, along with presentations. Those invited to speak will include:1.    Leading researchers looking at siblings of individuals with long-term illness or disability,2.    Young people involved in The Sibling Research Advisory Group3.    Members of the only UK wide charity supporting siblings, SIBs. By inviting a variety of speakers, including siblings themselves, it will help to create a balance of opinions. This will be an opportunity for those with an interest in sibling research to learn about current activity, meet others with a shared interest, and potentially express an interest in getting involved in the future. Annarita Papeschi – The Bartlett School of ArchitectureThe Heartbit WalksThe HeartBit Walks aim at raising public awareness about the use of biometric data for co-creative processes. Besides offering to the public the opportunity to gain insights into the making of biometric sensing devices, the project will offer the opportunity to experience first-hand how this type of technology might inform novel co-creative processes. The event will also constitute a critical resource for the multidisciplinary group of researchers currently involved in the project, to gain a different perspective into their personal strands of research on the topic.Georgia Pavlopoulou – Lifespan Learning and Sleep Lab, Institute of EducationSleep Research Open Day by Lifespan Learning and Sleep LabThe Sleep Research Open Day will involve a series of talks and workshops from a variety of invited speakers, parental advisory research group meetings and a mini Photovoice exhibition. Those invited to speak will include leading researchers looking at sleep research in developmental conditions. This will be an opportunity for those with an interest in this area to learn about current activity, meet others with a shared interest, and potentially express an interest in getting involved in the future. 
3D Petrie
The 3DPetrie project looked at the viability of using high quality 3D images of museum collections to engage a range of audiences.  This took place through the production of 3D models of Petrie Museum artefacts and the development of end-user digital 3D applications.Since 2009, The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at UCL, in collaboration with UCL's Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering and business partner Arius 3D, has been developing this groundbreaking programme for creating 3D images of objects in the Petrie collection.The aims of the projects:To develop a viable workflow for the production of high quality 3D models of museum objects, in particular using colour laser scanning.To develop a range of digital 3D applications that will engage audiences.To undertake audience evaluations of the 3D models and applications to better understand the potential of 3D in cultural heritage.This selection of our most recent publications over the past 2 years show our expertise and research in 3D imaging for museums and cultural heritage. e-brochure: Hess, M. , Nelson, T. , Robson, S. (2013). The Science of 3D [Digital scholarly resource].Payne, E.M., 2013. Imaging Techniques in Conservation. Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies, 10(2).  Nelson, T. and MacDonald, S.: “A Space for Innovation and Experimentation: University Museums as Test Beds for New Digital Technologies” in Academic Museums: Beyond Exhibitions and Education; “Viral Capacity Building for Innovation” in British Council Creative and Cultural Economy; (Autumn 2012) Publisher LinkGiacometti, A., Campagnolo, A., MacDonald, L., Mahony, S., Terras, M., Robson, S.,  Gibson, A. (2012). Cultural heritage destruction: Documenting parchment degradation via multispectral imaging. Proc. of Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2012), 301-308.Macdonald, S., Hess, M., Robson, S., & Were, G. (2012). 3D Recording and Museums. In C. Warwick, Terras, Nyhan (Eds.), Digital Humanities in Practice (pp. 91-115). London, UK: Facet.Hess, M., & Robson, S. (2010). 3D colour imaging for cultural heritage artefacts. International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, XXXVIII (Part 5), 288-292.Find out more here http://www.ucl.ac.uk/3dpetriemuseum
Disrupters and Innovators
About Disrupters and Innovators
Discover more about Disrupters and Innovators, UCL's exhibition dedicated to remarkable women, whose lives and careers were shaped by what they learnt, taught and researched at UCL.The exhibition is presented in two parts: a prologue called The Magic Fruit Garden, and Disrupters and Innovators, which features a number of women with connections to the university.The stories in this exhibition reflect the long struggle for democracy in the UK and for gender equality in higher education. They provide insights into educational reform, advancements in science and art and social and political change in the world in which these women lived.Some women were rewarded with professional recognition and personal accolades for their contributions to their discipline, culture and social reform. Others, despite equally significant contributions, received much less attention and reward. It falls to later generations to uncover their achievements and restore their reputations. 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In the second part of the exhibition, each case addresses a different area of academic study: Archaeology, Art, Science, and Politics and Society. Visitors can explore how women pioneered new disciplines and their often interdisciplinary approaches.ArchaeologyArchaeology was a new science at the end of the 19th century. The study of Egypt – Egyptology – was on the edge of this new science. It did not require the same formal qualifications, such as knowing Latin and Greek, demanded by more established subjects. As women were less likely to have these qualifications, Egyptology was easier for them to enter.The attitude of the first UCL Professor of Egyptology, Flinders Petrie, was crucial to women’s advancement in this subject. Petrie helped to transform archaeology from treasure-hunting to a scientific discipline, and his collection is held at the UCL museum established in his name. Petrie's own career was made possible by the generosity and support of women, particularly his benefactor Amelia Edwards and his protégé Margaret Murray, who is featured below.Murray enabled Petrie to make long trips to Egypt to carry out excavations, as she taught most of UCL's Egyptology classes. Her high profile as a scholar, teacher and advocate for women’s rights in turn contributed to the subject’s popularity with women. In 1907, Manchester University Museum received a rare collection of two mummies, complete with the contents of their tomb, and Murray worked to catalogue the objects. A year later she took part in the public unwrapping of one of the mummies to an audience of 500 with extensive media coverage.[[{"fid":"8467","view_mode":"large","fields":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Margaret Murray, mummy unwrapping","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%3EMargaret%20Murray%20and%20team%20unwrapping%20the%20mummies%20of%20the%20%26lsquo%3BTwo%20Brothers%26rsquo%3B%20at%20Manchester%20University%20Museum%20in%201908.%20%26copy%3B%20Courtesy%20of%20Manchester%20Museum%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,"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Margaret Murray, mummy unwrapping","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%3EMargaret%20Murray%20and%20team%20unwrapping%20the%20mummies%20of%20the%20%26lsquo%3BTwo%20Brothers%26rsquo%3B%20at%20Manchester%20University%20Museum%20in%201908.%20%26copy%3B%20Courtesy%20of%20Manchester%20Museum%3C%2Fp%3E","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"attributes":{"height":"1772","width":"2490","class":"media-element file-large"}}]]“The shelf is not a comfortable place and I have no desire to be on it...I look forward to working till the last."Egyptologist Margaret Murray aged 100, autobiography, 1963ArtThe Slade School of Fine Art was founded in 1871. Teaching was grounded in the study of the human figure, setting the Slade apart from other schools. The admission of women to study alongside men formed another radical departure from established models. The Royal Academy followed suit nearly twenty years later, with other disciplines at UCL even slower to adopt a co-education approach: medicine was the latest in 1917-18.The Slade influenced women’s integration into wider College life and society, and many Slade women worked across disciplines or were involved in socio-political reform. Female students quickly outnumbered male ones at the Slade and their achievements were recognised by prizes. While 45% of the artists in the Slade Collection are women, many including Clara Klinghoffer (featured below), Winifred Knights and Aimee (Amy) Nimr in the exhibition, remain largely unknown today.Clara Klinghoffer (1900-1970) was an Austrian Jewish émigré who enrolled at the Slade in 1918. A year later, she won second prize for Figure Drawing and received the Orpen Bursary for students who ‘intend to become Professional Artists’. Promoted by influential artists such as Sir Jacob Epstein and Alfred Wolmark, she presented her first critically acclaimed exhibition in 1919. Reviewers compared her to the grand master of Italian Renaissance, Raphael. Journeys of early 20th-century women artists like Klinghoffer are explored in the UCL Art Museum's 2018 exhibition Prize & Prejudice. [[{"fid":"8531","view_mode":"medium","fields":{"format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Clara Klinghoffer © The artist's estate","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]":"%3Cdiv%3E%3Cp%3EClara%20Klinghoffer%2C%20%3Cem%3EFive%20Studies%20of%20a%20Female%20Nude%2C%3C%2Fem%3E%20c.1918-1919%2C%20pencil.%20UCL%20Art%20Museum%206075%26nbsp%3B%26copy%3B%20The%20artist%26%2339%3Bs%20estate%3C%2Fp%3E%3C%2Fdiv%3E","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"link_text":null,"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Clara Klinghoffer © The artist's estate","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]":"%3Cdiv%3E%3Cp%3EClara%20Klinghoffer%2C%20%3Cem%3EFive%20Studies%20of%20a%20Female%20Nude%2C%3C%2Fem%3E%20c.1918-1919%2C%20pencil.%20UCL%20Art%20Museum%206075%26nbsp%3B%26copy%3B%20The%20artist%26%2339%3Bs%20estate%3C%2Fp%3E%3C%2Fdiv%3E","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"attributes":{"height":"800","width":"504","class":"media-element file-medium"}}]]“Girl Who Draws Like Raphael - Success at 19"—Review of artist Clara Klinghoffer’s exhibition in The Daily Graphic, 1919Politics and SocietyWomen’s and workers’ rights, prison reform, education and Irish independence were key social and political concerns of the early 20th century. Women working across the sciences and humanities at UCL became forces for change in these areas, often alongside significant contributions in their own disciplines.Constance Markievicz (née Gore-Booth) was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons in 1918. She became an MP for a Dublin constituency while in prison, along with many Sinn Féin MPs who were political prisoners at this time. As with other Sinn Féin MPs, then and now, Markievicz did not take her seat in Parliament.Markievicz previously studied at the Slade School of Art and she became increasingly involved in the suffrage cause during this time. Despite her aristocratic background and marriage to a Polish count, she felt passionately about art and workers’ rights throughout her life. She was imprisoned and sentenced to death for her part in the 1916 Easter Rising against British rule, but was later released under a general amnesty.[[{"fid":"8543","view_mode":"medium","fields":{"height":"5688","width":"3960","class":"media-element file-medium","format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Constance Markievicz","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]":"%3Cdiv%3E%3Cp%3EDigital%20reproduction%20of%20studio%20portrait%20of%20Countess%20Constance%20Markievicz%2C%20Keogh%20Brothers%20Ltd%2C%20c.1910-1927%20NPA%20POLF206%20%26copy%3B%20National%20Library%20of%20Ireland%3C%2Fp%3E%3C%2Fdiv%3E","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"link_text":null,"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"height":"5688","width":"3960","class":"media-element file-medium","format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Constance Markievicz","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]":"%3Cdiv%3E%3Cp%3EDigital%20reproduction%20of%20studio%20portrait%20of%20Countess%20Constance%20Markievicz%2C%20Keogh%20Brothers%20Ltd%2C%20c.1910-1927%20NPA%20POLF206%20%26copy%3B%20National%20Library%20of%20Ireland%3C%2Fp%3E%3C%2Fdiv%3E","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"attributes":{"height":"5688","width":"3960","class":"media-element file-medium"}}]]“...When I urged that the women’s suffrage movement had gone too far to be stopped he disagreed."—Reformer Isabel Fry reflecting on a conversation with retired Judge Bacon, known for his anti-feminist views, 1911Sciencey the 1990s, the scientific community had started to uncover the missing histories of women scientists. Disciplines such as botany and geology had long traditions of amateur contributors, often women, alongside professionals. The uncertain career paths offered in emerging scientific disciplines were often less attractive to men, and new disciplines often had less defined entry paths, or involved applied research that carried less academic prestige. These circumstances all provided opportunities for women to further develop research and careers.Dame Kathleen Lonsdale (née Yardley) (1903-1971) is pictured below. She was one of the first two women to become a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1945, and the following year she founded a research group in Crystallography at UCL. In 1949, Lonsdale became the university's first female professor and she received both the Royal Society’s Davy Medal and a DBE in under a decade.During her lifetime, Lonsdale worked with influential professors such as William Bragg and Christopher Ingold. Nobel Prize winners Bragg and his son Lawrence pioneered the use of X-rays to determine crystal structures, and Lonsdale applied this technique to the petrochemical benzene, confirming its long-disputed structure. As a scientist she worked at many institutions but UCL was her first, last and longest. UCL marked her legacy by naming a university building in her honour, the only building to be named after a women. The refurbished Kathleen Lonsdale Building is located on UCL’s main Bloomsbury campus.[[{"fid":"8471","view_mode":"large","fields":{"height":"1308","width":"1772","class":"media-element file-small","format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Kathleen Lonsdale with crystal models","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%3EKathleen%20Lonsdale%20with%20crystal%20models%2C%20photographer%20unknown%2C%20c.1946.%20Courtesy%20of%20Professor%20Ian%20Wood%2C%20UCL%20Earth%20Sciences%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,"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"height":"1308","width":"1772","class":"media-element file-small","format":"large","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Kathleen Lonsdale with crystal models","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%3EKathleen%20Lonsdale%20with%20crystal%20models%2C%20photographer%20unknown%2C%20c.1946.%20Courtesy%20of%20Professor%20Ian%20Wood%2C%20UCL%20Earth%20Sciences%3C%2Fp%3E","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"attributes":{"height":"1308","width":"1772","class":"media-element file-large"}}]]“...questioning of the established order is the hallmark of the true scientific outlook..."—Crystallographer Dame Kathleen Lonsdale, The Melbourne Herald, 1966Behind the exhibitionDisrupters and Innovators is part of Vote 100 at UCL in 2018. Find out more about the background to this exhibition below:The history of women at UCLThis exhibition is part of UCL's year-long Vote 100 programme, which marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act that granted the vote to some women over the age of 30 in the UK.Beginning in the 1860s, UCL experimented with providing classes for women. From 1878, women could study alongside men and receive University of London degrees: the first time this had happened in the UK. It was not until 1918 that new legislation allowed the first women to vote in the UK. This was part of wider electoral reforms accelerated by World War I. Ten years later, women received equal voting rights with men. This process was a backdrop to the lives of female students and researchers at UCL and beyond in the early 20th century. However, co-education was not adopted in all subjects and female students and staff continued to face many obstacles.The UCL Vote 100 programme reveals the impact of the pioneering women who built the university, and imaginatively explore the battles still to be won. Find out more about UCL Vote 100 here.Working across UCLThis UCL Culture exhibition is curated by Dr Nina Pearlman, Head of UCL Art Collections,who also produced this interpretation text.Exhibition produced in association with:Maria Blyzinsky, Museum Consultant, The Exhibitions TeamVictoria Kingston, Interpretation Consultant, The Exhibitions TeamAngela Scott, Senior Graphic Designer, UCL Digital MediaDave Bellamy, Display Technician, Chiltern ExhibitionsUCL Culture would like to thank the following people for their support with the exhibition:Society: David Blackmore (UCL Slade School of Fine Art), Dr Georgina Brewis (UCL Institute of Education), Dr Claire Robins (UCL Institute of Education)Archaeology: Dr Emma Libonati (UCL Petrie Museum)Art: Helen Downes (UCL Art Museum), Grace Hailstone (UCL Slade School of Fine Art)Science: Deborah Furness (UCL Library Services), Lesley Hall (Wellcome Library), Dr Jenny Wilson (UCL Science & Technology Studies), Professor Ian Wood (UCL Earth Sciences)Thanks are extended also to:UCL Art Museum, Grant Museum of Zoology, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL Geology Collection, UCL Pathology Collection, UCL Institute of Education Archives, UCL Library Services, UCL Records, UCL Special Collections UCL Special Collections, and UCL Slade School of Fine Art for their generous loans. 
Elephant images
Art by Animals
Art by Animals exhibits works of art from several species of animals, including paintings by elephants and apes, starts this week at UCL’s Grant Museum of Zoology in collaboration with artist Mick Tuck, a graduate from the UCL Slade School of Fine Art.  YouTube Widget Placeholderhttps://youtu.be/V8AdN1pdM-M Since the mid-50s zoos have used art and painting as a leisure activity for the animals, also using the activities to raise funds for conservation or the zoo by selling the works.While many species in captivity have interacted with paint, the exhibition aims to ask visitors the question of whether animals can be creative and make art, and why some animal creations are considered valuable and creative, while others are dismissed as meaningless. Jack Ashby, Museum Manager, asks the big question  "Is this is actually art? While individual elephants are trained to always paint the same thing, art produced by apes is a lot more creative and is undistinguishable from abstract art by humans that use similar techniques"Featuring art by elephants, orang-utans, gorillas and chimps, exhibition co-curators Will and Mike Tuck have gathered paintings from locations as varied as Samutprakarn Zoo, Thailand (elephants); Erie Zoo, Pennsylvania, USA (gorilla, orang-utan); Saint Louis Zoo, Missouri, USA (chimp); and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado, USA (orang-utan). The exhibition also includes specifically commissioned works from Erie Zoo.Images of monkeys painting date back at least to the 17th century in European art and possibly earlier but it wasn't until the 1950s that the actual animal paintings became a serious subject. This rise in popularity tied in with the emergence of the Abstract Expressionist movement in art which started to look closely at the act of mark making itself, and what it reveals about the artist’s subconscious. Within this newly emerging context the art of animals, particularly primates took on a radically different meaning.Animal art was first popularised by Granada TV’s Zoo Time, which started in 1956. The programme, which was presented by zoologist and artist Desmond Morris, included chimps painting live. One regular was the individual “Congo”, who went on have his own exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in the late 50s, the catalogue for which is included in the exhibition.  Placing work by animals alongside specimens and historical documentation Art by Animals explore why some animal creations are considered valuable and creative, while others are dismissed as meaningless.
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