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On the Origin of Our Specimens: The Hill Years
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:00:49 +0000
‘The Twelve’ 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 [...]Read more...
A Piece of a Giant Jigsaw: a newly re-discovered pot from Naqada
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:40:28 +0000
A garage in Cornwall, UK, seems an unlikely place for a piece of prehistoric Egyptian culture to turn up. But a few months ago it did. I was recently contacted by a couple, Guy Funnell and Amanda Hawkins, who had just watched the BBC documentary The Man Who Discovered Egypt which profiled the career of [...]Read more...
Focus on the Positive
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:00:14 +0000
We’ve hosted a variety of events (film nights, game shows etc) in the Grant Museum but none have been quite like Thursday 27th February’s event. That event saw our speakers talking about Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, London’s bats, faecal digesters and molecular biology all trying to cajole, convince and in one case bribe the audience to [...]Read more...
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