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The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

Date: Tuesday 28 June 2016 | Time: 1.15-1.45 | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join one of our wonderful Petrie volunteers for a lunchtime talk revealing the fascinating artefacts from the Amarna period in the collection. From brightly coloured faience beads and adornments to representations of the 'heretic' Pharaoh Akhenaten and his enigmatic wife Nefertiti journey back 3,000 years and immerse yourself in the treasures of Amarna.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Akhenaten: Heretic, Visionary and Icon

Akhenaten: Heretic, Visionary and Icon

Date: 23 February – 30 June 2016 | Time: Museum Opening Times | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free | Age group: Any

A display highlighting the magnificent objects in the Petrie Museum’s collection from Amarna that also explores the ambiguous and contentious figure of Akhenaten. Considered by some as ‘deviant’, by others as a hero, can we ever know who Akhenaten really was or can we only creatively imagine him in opera, art and fiction?

A themed trail to Amarna material on display in the museum collection is available.

Displayed in conjunction with Philip Glass’ Akhnaten at the English National Opera (4-18 March 2016).

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Professor Joe Cain’s Film Night: The Giant Behemoth (1959)

Professor Joe Cain’s Film Night: The Giant Behemoth (1959)

Date: 6 July | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Marine atomic tests have caused the resurrection of a long dormant ‘dinosaur’ “The biggest thing since time began” is back and is on a rampage that threatens all of London. Join historian of Biology and film-buff, Professor Joe Cain, as he presents the classic British-American sci.fi. hit, The Giant Behemoth. Prof. Joe Cain returns to the Grant Museum to shares his love of this cult classic in his LAST EVER film night. The film is followed by a free wine reception at the Museum.

This event is free and there is no need to book and seats are released on a first come basis.

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

Views of an Antique land:Imaging Egypt and Palestine in WW1

Views of an Antique land:Imaging Egypt and Palestine in WW1

Date: 9th July | Time: 10am - 4pm | Location: The Petrie Museum | Price: Free event | Age group: ANY

Cardiff University will be at the Petrie Museum collecting images of Egypt and Palestine taken or bought during the First World War. If you think you have images from this period then please come along take the opportunity to bring their photographs etc. for the team to re-photograph or scan for uploading to the website – they are not looking to keep any original material, everything will be rendered virtually.
The team hope that lots of photographs, postcards, stereoviews, lantern-slides,or any kind of image relating to the period will be brought along to share. Once loaded to the website the copies will be available for all to see and so give a more comprehensive view of the First World War in Egypt than is presently available. The event also offers a cahe to look round the Museum outside normal opening times.am - 4pm

The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and hopes to involve as many people as possible as donors and volunteers.

0207 76794138 | h.pike@ucl.ac.uk

Dead, Life Drawing

Dead, Life Drawing

Date: 12 July 2016 | Time: 18:30-21:00 | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £6 | Age group: Adults

With cabinets full of (not so alive) life models from across the animal kingdom in some remarkable poses we invite you to join us for a lively evening of drawing. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced our sessions are led by a Museum artist to give you insight and confidence in a wide range of drawing practices. Materials will be provided.

Tickets are £6 and booking is essential. Tickets can be purchased from grantmuseum.eventbrite.com

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk

Date: Wednesday 13 July 2016 | Time: 1.15-1.45pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join one of our wonderful Petrie volunteers for a lunchtime talk revealing the fascinating artefacts from the Amarna period in the collection. From brightly coloured faience beads and adornments to representations of the 'heretic' Pharaoh Akhenaten and his enigmatic wife Nefertiti journey back 3,000 years and immerse yourself in the treasures of Amarna.

Drop-in, no booking required

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Public Curating Takeover

Public Curating Takeover

Date: 15 July | Time: 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, | Price: Free | Age group: All

Have you ever wondered how curators work with museum collections to create exhibitions? Have you ever thought you might do a better job? If so, join us for a chance to curate your own public exhibition at UCL Art Museum. Over the course of an afternoon, you will see some of our exceptional works by Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Turner among others. Working with the staff at UCL Art Museum to think about what makes an exhibition, you will decide which works are on display and discuss the ins and outs of curatorial practice.

LImited places available, please book: http://public-curating-takeover.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk for children

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk for children

Date: Tuesday 19 July 2016 | Time: 1.15-1.45 | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join one of our wonderful Petrie volunteers for a lunchtime talk revealing the fascinating artefacts from the Amarna period in the collection. From brightly coloured faience beads and adornments to representations of the 'heretic' Pharaoh Akhenaten and his enigmatic wife Nefertiti journey back 3,000 years and immerse yourself in the treasures of Amarna.

Drop-in, no booking required

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: 30 July 2016 | Time: 13:00-16:00 | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Ever wondered how heavy an elephant tusk is or how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many scales a pangolin has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists for our family hands-on specimen based activities and be inspired to ask these questions and many more with our enthusiastic museum educators. Come along and be amazed at the natural world.

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: 23 July | Time: 1-4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Create works of art inspired by some of the weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a name and add it to our collection in our family art day with our Museum artist.

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk for children

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk for children

Date: Tuesday 2 August 2016 | Time: 1.15-1.45pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join one of our wonderful Petrie volunteers for a lunchtime talk revealing the fascinating artefacts from the Amarna period in the collection. From brightly coloured faience beads and adornments to representations of the 'heretic' Pharaoh Akhenaten and his enigmatic wife Nefertiti journey back 3,000 years and immerse yourself in the treasures of Amarna.

Drop-in, no booking required

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk for children

The Amarna period: volunteer lunchtime talk for children

Date: Tuesday 16 August 2016 | Time: 1.15-1.45pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join one of our wonderful Petrie volunteers for a lunchtime talk revealing the fascinating artefacts from the Amarna period in the collection. From brightly coloured faience beads and adornments to representations of the 'heretic' Pharaoh Akhenaten and his enigmatic wife Nefertiti journey back 3,000 years and immerse yourself in the treasures of Amarna.

Drop-in, no booking required

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk