Displays of Power: A Natural History of Empire

19th Sep 2019  -  7th Mar 2020
13:00  - 17:00
Free. Open Monday - Saturday

Colour illustration with orange and green shapes, plus black and white photos of a rhino, butterfly and a palm tree
Once you’ve seen how Empire shaped the Grant Museum collection, you’ll never look at natural history museums in the same way again. 

When the practice of collecting animals for science was at its height, so was the British Empire. This free exhibition connects the specimens in the Grant Museum of Zoology to a wider history of science and Empire, by asking one simple question: “How did all these things come to be here in the first place?” 

Come and see how historical teaching and research at UCL fits into the bigger picture of the history of science and imperial collecting in Britain and beyond. What part did UCL play in the international trade of living and dead animals? And how do colonial ways of working and thinking continue to affect the natural world today? 

Exhibition made possible through a Headley Fellowship with Art Fund.

Special events at the Grant Museum of Zoology: 

Snakes & Ladders
18:30 - 21:00, 30 January 2020

Grant Museum of Zoology
Join us after dark to see the Grant Museum of Zoology turned into a massive board game, inspired by the ancient game of destiny brought back to Britain by colonial families.
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Displays of Power
18:30 - 21:00, 27 February 2020

Grant Museum of Zoology
What can stories about the specimens in the Grant Museum tell us about human power structures? Through talks, films and performances, see how their histories shed new light on questions of race, gender, politics and economics.
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