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Egypt on the Stage: A Tale of two Queens

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:00:54 +0000

Egypt has had many theatrical incarnations, one of the most famous, and my favourite, being Shakespeare’s epic The Tragedy of Anthony and Cleopatra, which forged a time defying reflection of Cleopatra Philopator, and Queen Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen. Most probably written around 1606 this play can be studied in conjunction with the preceding Macbeth [...]


On the Origin of Our Specimens: The Down Years

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:30:44 +0000

‘The Thirteen’ The collection of specimens, known since 1997 as the Grant Museum of Zoology, was started in 1827 by Robert E. Grant. Grant was the first professor of zoology at UCL when it opened, then called the University of London, and he stayed in post until his death in 1874. The collections have seen [...]


Is it ever acceptable for museums to lie?

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:30:13 +0000

I ask this question to our Museum Studies Masters students every year, and last month put it to our new Bachelor of Arts and Sciences students. Despite the difference in the age, background and interests of these two groups, the reaction is the same – anger and horror. I am playing devil’s advocate in these [...]


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UCL Special Collections

UCL Library Special Collections is one of the foremost university collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books in the UK