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Displays of Power: A Natural History of Empire

Exhibition
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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: 

Your Museum
Sat 23 November 2019, 13:00-17:00. Free. Drop-in 
A day of music and talks as UCL's neighbours take over the Grant Museum. Part of the Being Human festival. 

It's All the Raj, Innit: Comedians Decode the Grant 
Sat 23 November 2019, 19:00. Free. Booking essential
A night of stand-up comedy exploring the secrets hidden in the Grant Museum collection. 

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