What's on at the Institute of Archaeology

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Current Exhibitions

The A.G. Leventis Gallery is currently hosting a new exhibition by UCL MA Museum Studies students: The Key Ingredient: Food in Social Relationships; you can follow the exhibition team on facebook or via their installation blog. This exhibition will be showing until May 2014.

The key ingredient: food in social relationships

The A.G. Leventis Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, and is open Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm. Entry is free.

Recent Exhibitions

The last exhibition in the gallery was Breaking Ground: 75 Years of Pioneering Archaeology. This was created as as part of the Institute's 75th anniversary celebrations, and showcased a wide range of objects and photographs from the Institute's history. It explored how the people, practices, and ideas of London's Institute of Archaeology have changed the way we explore and understand the past. Put together by our Museum Studies students, you can read about their experiences in putting the exhibition together at http://breakingground75.tumblr.com/.

Previously in 2012 The Leventis Gallery hosted an exhibition by London-based artist John Murphy, titled Voyages to Italy. This showcased objects relating to Mount Vesuvius and to the many stories, real and imagined, engendered by the figure of the volcano.

Over eighty objects from the Institute of Archaeology Collections recently featured in an exhibition by the artist Klaus Weber at Nottingham Contemporary. Titled Already There!, it used materials ranging from some of our Olduvai Gorge handaxes, to Bronze Age Palestinian amphorae in modern plastic buckets. Eclectic and exciting, you can hear Weber talk about the exhibition here, and read a review of the experience here. Apparently they had some 46,000 visitors pass through the gallery.

Earlier in 2011 we also loaned ceramics and jewellery to the Museum of Hartlepool for an exhibition, called 'Mummies, Myths and Mosaics', exploring ancient civilisations from around the world and their influences on us today. Themes included toys and games, religion, and childhood; part of a dighouse was reconstructed to give visitors a feel for how archaeologists lived and worked in the early 20th century.

The exhibition welcomed 16,248 visitors during its 3-month run, including around 2,500 children who took part in free workshops led by the museum's Education team.

Loans like these are a part of our ongoing programme of public engagement and outreach activities. Other events we have been involved in include: