Geology Collections on display

Apart from the permanent displays in the Rock Room and South Wing first floor corridors the Geology Collections have featured in a number of different exhibitions across the UCL campus.

Some Previous Exhibitions

Dangerous Diaries - Exploring Risks and Rewards in Fabrication

Date: September - March 2016. Location: Octagon Gallery, Ground floor of the Wilkins building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

From carving and cooking to printmaking and glass-blowing, how do we decipher the joys and perils of production? In conversation with artefacts from UCL Collections, this Octagon Gallery exhibition delves into the daily lives of materials and making enthusiasts to explore changing perceptions of risk and reward in fabrication

Amongst several loans from the Geology Collections is the original sample of Cleveite, from which Ramsay identified Helium, which is displayed alongside original scientific instruments Ramsay used to discover the noble gases. 

Human Evolution - The story of us - poster 1

Exhibition: Human evolution – the story of us. Pop-Up Exhibition.

7th March 2014. Location: The Rock Room, South Wing (Wilkins Building), UCL.

Humans and chimpanzees last shared a common ancestor approximately 6.5 million years ago. Numerous species of hominins (human ancestors) have existed since then, but Homo sapiens (us) are the only species to still survive.

‘Human Evolution – the story of us’ was curated by staff from UCL Bio-Anthropology and featured rarely displayed objects from UCL's Bio-Anthropology Collection.

Digital Frontiers: Smart, Connected and Participatory.

5th July 2013 - 20 December 2013. Location: The Octagon Gallery
(Wilkins Building), UCL.

Digital Frontiers aimed to explore how emerging technologies are changing the way we access and experience culture and asks questions about the nature of art and technology.

The Geology Collections were represented by NASA images from the Regional Planetary Image Facility. 

Habits, cleavages and fractures. Pop-Up Exhibition

31st May 31 2013. Location: The Rock Room, South Wing (Wilkins Building), UCL.

This special one off pop-up exhibition was staged by the Graduate Sculpture students from the Slade School of Fine Art. 

'Habits, cleavages and fractures' featured the artists own work alongside the permanent displays and Geological Collections. 

The artists were given free reign to use their work to interpret the Rock Room space. The exhibition involved a number of objects and actions being inserted, tested and tried out within the Geology Collections.

Impact! Pop-Up Exhibition

 March 1st 2013. Location: The Rock Room, South Wing (Wilkins Building), UCL.
Impact! Pop-Up Poster

Curated by UCL and Birkbeck PhD students from the Centre for Planetary Sciences Impact! featured NASA images of the Moon and Mars taken from the Regional Planetary Image Facility at UCL, one of only seven centres outside the USA (and the only in the UK) to house the archive of NASA planetary images from the 1960s until the present day.

Visitors were able to view photos of the Moon from Lunar Orbiter (1966-67) and Apollo missions (1963-72), and compare them to images of Mars taken by the Viking 1 and 2 Missions (1976 – 1980). The exhibition also featured meteorites from UCL and Birkbeck Collections.