What's on at the Institute of Archaeology

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Current Exhibitions

We Need To Talk Exhibition Poster

The A.G. Leventis Gallery is currently hosting a new exhibition by UCL MA Museum Studies students: We Need to Talk: Connecting Through Technology. You can follow the exhibition team on facebook or twitter (@IoAExhibition15). This exhibition will be showing until May 2016.

We Need To Talk explores the technologies we have used to communicate with each other in different periods of time. It challenges the way we see this technology, and leads us to question our assumptions of what these technologies actually are. The exhibition also focuses on the interactions we have with the technology itself.

Visitors will also have a chance to provide their own thoughts about technology via an interactive ipad installation in the gallery.

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 Voices of War: UCL in World War I, an display focusing on the diverse experiences of seven individuals from UCL in the Great War. Prior to that, in 2013 we hosted The Key Ingredient: Food in Social Relationships, which explored how humans use food in social situations, and Breaking Ground: 75 Years of Pioneering Archaeology, an exhibition created as part of the Institute's 75th anniversary celebrations in 2012, showcasing a wide range of objects and photographs from the Institute's history; you can still explore the the exhibition designers blog about their experience in putting it all together. 

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.

Then in 2011, eighty objects from the Institute of Archaeology Collections 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.

Also in 2011 the Institute of Archaeology 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: