Public engagement and outreach

At UCL History we value the importance of sharing our work with audiences beyond academia.

Members of the department from undergraduate level upward regularly take part in activities aimed at new audiences or held in public spaces. Below, you can find information on some of our recent activity.

If you work at a school or sixth-form college and are interested in working with UCL History academics, click through to visit our Outreach page.

Exhibition: The Museum of Ordinary Animals

Kathleen Walker-Meikle is amongst the team who put together this exhibition at UCL's Grant Museum, which tells the story of the boring beasts that have changed the world: the mundane creatures in our everyday lives including dogs, pigeons, cats, cows, chickens, and mice. These animals are rarely represented in natural history museum displays. They are not special enough. But from September - December 2017, The Museum of Ordinary Animals puts them front and centre, investigating their extraordinary impacts on humanity and the natural world.

Remembering 1960s British Cinema-going: talks and screenings

The AHRC-funded Remembering 1960s British Cinema-going project, run by Melvyn Stokes and Patrick Glen, is specifically intended to disseminate the results of an earlier AHRC research project. As such, the project team regularly stage public screenings and talks to discuss the results of their work. An up-to-date schedule of events can be found on the project pages; and you can read a blog post about one of their immersive screenings, written by a student participant, on the UCL History blog.

UCL Festival of Culture 2017

In June each year, the annual Festival of Culture invites members of the public into UCL for a series of talks and events sharing research from the joint faculties of Arts and Humanities, and Social and Historical Sciences. This year there were three contributions from UCL History staff: the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project hosted a film screening and walking tour; Ben Kaplan interviewed author Peter Stanford about his recently-published biography of Martin Luther; and Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite delivered a public lecture about her current research project on women and the miners' strike. PhD student Ryan Low also contributed, joining students from across the university working on topics in Medieval history to present a bitesized summary of his research.

YiMovi 2017: Chinese Film and the Medical Humanities

In May-June 2017, Vivienne Lo co-organised this film festival at Peking University Medical Campus. The exhibition featured three films which tackled major challenges in understanding disability in China, with the aim of raising public awareness of Sinophone cinema and the cross-cultural medical humanities.

In October 2017 Vivienne also participated in a panel discussion at UCL as part of the European premiere screening of The Silent Teacher, a moving and intellectually provocative Taiwanese documentary on body donation for medical training and research.

Other public lectures and appearances

In August 2017, Kathy Burk appeared as part of the BBC Proms Extra season, participating in a discussion about Abraham Lincoln at Imperial College Union in advance of a performance of Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait.