UCL Art Museum research

We are closed to the public exceptionally from 27 June 2014 to 12 January 2015 for refurbishment works. With the support of a DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund grant, we will be able to improve our multi-functional space for teaching, research and public engagement. At UCL Art Museum, we have been experimenting with the transformation of the traditional print room to a multi-use museum environment for some years. The award will enable us to balance the competing demands of access and conservation while providing a unique visitor experience and educational environment.

As part of the works, we will improve our lighting and develop innovative display strategies allowing for greater access to our collection of prize-winning artworks from the Slade School of Fine Art, as well as our unique collection of plaster models by acclaimed neo-classical artist John Flaxman.

While we are closed, please send any request for information to college.art@ucl.ac.uk

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UCL Art Museum contains many unique groups of material of international importance.

The collection of Flaxman plaster models and drawings is the largest group of work by this important sculptor in any collection. Equally, the Slade was the only English art school to systematically collect student work, and this collection provides a unique insight into developments in art education in Britain as well as containing individual works of considerable importance. In keeping with the importance of these collections scholars from the UK and abroad regularly visit the collection as part of their research. Works in the reserve collection are also available for viewing by the general public by appointment.

Ongoing research on the collection by the curators is presented through the temporary exhibition programme which provides a means of regularly showcasing groups of material in the collection and publishing more detailed information about the works.

Research at UCL Museums & Collections