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Sneaky males and choosy females feature in new exhibition at the Grant Museum

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Ocellated wrasse

‘Natural Creativity: Sex and Trickery’ is a new exhibition at the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL. It explores the myriad elaborate shapes, sizes and crafty behavioural tactics some animals have evolved in order to survive, reproduce and pass on their genes.

UCL Petrie Museum’s Tarkhan Dress: world’s oldest woven garment

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Tarkhan Dress

The Tarkhan Dress, a V-neck linen shirt currently on display in the UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, has been confirmed as the world’s oldest woven garment with radiocarbon testing dating the garment to the late fourth-millennium BC.

Grant Museum wins Love London Time Out Award

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Grant Museum wins Love London Time Out Award

The Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL has won the category for local culture in Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia and Holborn via public vote in Time Out’s Love London Awards.

Animals built of glass inspire art exhibition at the UCL Grant Museum

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Photogram #2 by Eleanor Morgan

‘Glass Delusions’ is a new exhibition at the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL featuring works by the Museum’s Artist in Residence, Eleanor Morgan. Using prints, drawings, videos and objects Morgan explores the slippery boundary between living and non-living materials.

The world’s rarest skeleton stands on four legs once again

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Using cutting-edge technology, the world’s rarest skeleton – a South African extinct zebra called a quagga – has regained its missing hind limb.

Queen’s Birthday Honours for the UCL community

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Helen Cross

Congratulations to the members of the UCL community who have been recognised in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Celebrating 100 years of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at UCL

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Flinders Petrie at UCL

On 7th June the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology celebrated one hundred years since first opening its doors at UCL. To honour this milestone year the museum will be hosting a number of special events focusing on the characters behind this world class collection.

New screening technique could pick up twice as many ovarian cancer cases

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Ovarian cancer under the microscope

A new screening method can detect twice as many women with ovarian cancer as conventional strategies, according to the latest results from the largest trial of its kind led by UCL.

Watching you watching Bentham: The PanoptiCam

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This month sees the launch of PanoptiCam, an online camera that streams the live view from Jeremy Bentham’s auto-icon in the South Cloisters.

Strange Creatures put on display at UCL

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The Kongouro from New Holland

‘Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals’ is a new exhibition at the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL. By examining the world of animal representations, the exhibition explores how imagery has been used to bring newly discovered animals into the public eye.

International Women’s Day 2015 events

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International Women’s Day logo

To mark International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March 2015 UCL will be hosting a programme of events across campus.

Grant Museum starts major project to preserve rarest skeleton in the world

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Aye aye skeleton

The Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL is undertaking a major project to protect 39 of its rarest and most significant skeletons, some which have been on display in the Museum for 180 years. To help achieve this, the Museum is launching its first ever public fundraising campaign – aiming to raise £15,000 to support the costs of this crucial work.

Simon Cane appointed Director of Public and Cultural Engagement at UCL

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Simon Cane

UCL is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Cane as the new Director of Public and Cultural Engagement. Simon joins UCL from his role as Deputy Director at Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT).

New AHRC grant will fund ‘Museums on Prescription’ research

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Museum objects in the community

A team of researchers led by Dr Helen Chatterjee (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment and UCL Public & Cultural Engagement) will begin a new three year project this month, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to explore the value and role of museums in social prescribing.

UCL wins national public engagement award

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Focus on the positive

UCL Public and Cultural Engagement are celebrating success at the national Engage Competition Awards which took place on 11 June 2014 at the Natural History Museum.

UCL research showcased as part of Universities Week

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The Thing Is

UCL is featuring in a UK-wide campaign from 9–15 June to highlight the value and importance of university research to our everyday lives.

Digital art transforms fish bones into cosmic bodies and marine slugs in new ‘Subnature’ exhibition 

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ALTED Hydrozoa by Lan Lan 2014

A new art exhibition exploring the relationship between nature and its representations opens today at the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology.

UCL Petrie Museum launches 3D online object library

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UCL Petrie Museum launches 3D online object library

UCL’s Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, which holds one of the top specialist collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the world, has launched an interactive online 3D object library, allowing visitors to view the artefacts in the same way as curators.

Royal Tudor foundation stone rediscovered at UCL

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UCL unveiling event

A stone marking Henry VIII’s foundation of the Royal Naval Dockyard at Deptford 500 years ago has been rediscovered behind a false wall in the Geography department of UCL.

UCL Art Museum awarded grant from DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund

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grant museum

UCL Art Museum is one of 40 museums across England who will benefit from grants designed to fund improvements that increase access and enhance the display of exhibits, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced today. 

Researchers pinpoint when the first kings ruled Egypt

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Petrie Museum

A team of scientists and archaeologists, including UCL’s Professor David Wengrow and Dr Alice Stevenson, have been able to set a robust timeline for the first eight dynastic rulers of ancient Egypt.

Michelin star restaurant add Bentham recipe to their menu

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Bentham recipe

An 18th Century recipe recommended by Jeremy Bentham for inmates of his proposed Panopticon prison has been added to the menu at St. John restaurant in London.

Earliest known iron artefacts come from outer space

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iron beads

Researchers have shown that ancient Egyptian iron beads held at the UCL Petrie Museum were hammered from pieces of meteorites, rather than iron ore. The objects, which trace their origins to outer space, also predate the emergence of iron smelting by two millennia.

Portrait of a Young Woman to be included in Art Everywhere

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UCL Art museum is proud to announce that Portrait of a Young Woman, a painting from our collection by artist Winifred Knights, will be included in Art Everywhere, a vast exhibition of the nation's favourite British art that will go on display on thousands of poster and billboard sites across the UK, from 12-25 August 2013.

Jeremy Bentham makes surprise visit to UCL Council

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Jeremy Bentham Provost

Jeremy Bentham was recorded as 'present but not voting' in acknowledgement of one of the most popular Bentham legends yesterday as he made a surprise appearance at Professor Sir Malcolm Grant's last ever UCL Council meeting.

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