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Kangaroos and co.

Kangaroos and co.

Date: 26th May to 30th May | Time: 1pm to 4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Bandicoots, quolls, wombats and devils, Australia is home to a world of remarkable animals. Join us to take part in our fun hands-on specimen-based activities as we celebrate the wonderful world of marsupials.

This event is part of the Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals exhibition event series.

This event is free, drop in and there is no need to book.

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

Draw it Like Stubbs

Draw it Like Stubbs

Date: 2nd June | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Strange Creatures After Hours

The night owls amongst you can join the bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens to enjoy Strange Creatures After Hours. Animals have been presented in bizarre and the incredible ways, come take another look at the natural world with our film night, late opening, open mic night, talks and drawing sessions.

What animal could you draw from just written descriptions made by drunken seamen who compared something to a greyhound, wild dog, hare, deer, goat, mouse, jerboa and sheep? A kangaroo? Well that’s what George Stubbs did. Join us for a fun evening of light-hearted drawing of animals based on contemporary and historical descriptions, can you draw it like Stubbs did?

This event is free and to book a ticket visit drawitlikestubbsjune.eventbrite.co.uk

Booking opens 28th April

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

Strange Creatures exhibition tour

Strange Creatures exhibition tour

Date: 6th June | Time: 1.15pm to 1.45pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Join Strange Creatures Curator Jack Ashby on tours of the exhibition exploring the themes of discovery and Australian wildlife.

This event is free and there is no need to book.

This event is part of the Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals event series.

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

Re-Launch in conversation – Janne Malmros

Re-Launch in conversation – Janne Malmros

Date: 4 June | Time: 1pm-2pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free, drop-in. | Age group: All

Re-Launch artist and Slade alumna Janne Malmros leads us in a hunt in UCL Art Museum. The process of finding and amassing images from the collection highlights ways in which she’s worked with the museum and other collections to unearth and layer elements of other works of art into a new creation.

Free event, to book please go to https://re-launchlunchtimetalk.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information about Re-Launch please go to www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/uclart/visit/exhibitions/Re-Launch

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Show 'n' Tell: Australian Encounters

Show 'n' Tell: Australian Encounters

Date: 5th June | Time: 1pm to 2pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

We have invited the co-curators of the Strange Creatures exhibition to showcase an object from the Museum’s collection of 68,000 to share their Strange Creatures research. Professor Margot Finn will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose her object. Find out more Margot’s research on the history of Australia’s first European settlers and their experiences of the almost unbelievable world they encountered.


Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm with the talk starting at 1:15pm and lasts around 30 minutes after which the speaker will be on hand to show you in more detail her chosen object for the last 15 minutes. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime and discover the stories hidden away in our collection.

This event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: 6th June | Time: 1pm to 4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

We have rifled through our drawers and searched through our cabinets to bring out some of our most amazing animals for our family hands-on specimen based activities. Ever wondered what the skin of a python feels like or how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many spots a leopard has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists and be inspired to ask these questions and many more with our enthusiastic museum educators. Come along and be amazed at the natural world.

Drop in between 1pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Re-Launch in conversation - Katja Larsson

Re-Launch in conversation - Katja Larsson

Date: 8 June | Time: 1pm-2pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London, EC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: All

Re-Launch artist and Slade student Katja Larsson will talk about her work Cat© Compact and other pieces in this lunchtime talk. Katja Larsson’s cast digger bucket Cat© Compact represents the idea of construction and development. She is interested in transforming objects and taking them on journeys. Katja is currently studying a Masters of Fine Art in Sculpture at The Slade School of Fine Art. For more information about Katja's work please go www.katjalarsson.com

For more information about Re-Launch please go to www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/uclart/visit/exhibitions/Re-Launch

This event is free.

To book please go to https://relaunchlunchtimetalkkatja.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Strange Creatures exhibition tour

Strange Creatures exhibition tour

Date: 10th June | Time: 1.15pm to 1.45pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Join Strange Creatures Curator Jack Ashby on tours of the exhibition exploring the themes of discovery and Australian wildlife.

This event is free and there is no need to book.

This event is part of the Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals event series.

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

Focus on the Positive

Focus on the Positive

Date: 10th June | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Worried about the world's problems? Focus on the Positive is an event that gives you a chance to make things better. Join us to hear UCL researchers pitch their ideas, and you can actually help to decide which ones will get funded.

The winning researcher gets a £2000 prize to fix the world and one runner up wins £1000.

For a very special Focus on the Positive, the Grant Museum welcomes some of UCL’s inspiring researchers who will tackle the big issues of today, inspired by the collection. They might want to use the money to bring their research into the real world, start a project or work with a charity. It’s a great opportunity to debate some big questions, meet people who are passionate about changing the world, and make a difference.

This event is free and there is no need to book, during the evening there will be a paid bar with all proceeds going conservation of our historic collection.

This event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Characters and Collections book launch

Characters and Collections book launch

Date: 11 June | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free | Age group: Any

Characters and Collections, a new book on the centenary of The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, is published this week by UCL Publishing. Join us for a launch where characters behind this world class collection come to life in the museum on the 100th anniversary of being open to the public.

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

Re-Launch

Re-Launch

Date: 27 April-12 June, Monday to Friday | Time: 1-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: All

Re-Launch is UCL Art Museum's inaugural exhibition that marks the reopening of our space after a programme of improvements.

Re-Launch presents a selection of objects, prints and video made in response to our collections and the theme of re-launch. Its contributors hail from the Slade School of Fine Art and have participated as students in our celebrated annual Slade/UCL Art Museum collaborations over the course of the past six years. While some artists investigate the sculptures, prints and drawings within our collections, others experiment with the physical spaces of the Museum to either exploit or explode notions of the archive and its structure.

For more information please go to http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/uclart/visit/exhibitions/Re-Launch

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Looking at Strange Creatures: A Travellers' Tails Seminar Day

Looking at Strange Creatures: A Travellers' Tails Seminar Day

Date: 13th June | Time: 10am to 3.30pm | Location: UCL Quad Pavilion Tent, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Take a closer look at some strange creatures with our seminar study day and find out more about how art has been used to communicate unknown animals to the world. Over the course of the day you’ll hear from some of our exhibition co-curators, have a private viewing of the Strange Creatures and get up close to some of our amazing specimens. The day will include time for audience questions and an opportunity to talk with the experts during refreshment breaks.

Strange Creatures: the art of the unknown animals, is part of Travellers' Tails, a collaboration between Royal Museums Greenwich and four partner museums to investigate the history of exploration, art and science funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and The Art Fund.

This event is free but there is a booking fee of £3 and booking is essential visit http://strangecreaturesseminar.eventbrite.co.uk to book a ticket. Booking opens 14th April

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

World Archaeology Festival: Passport to the Past

World Archaeology Festival: Passport to the Past

Date: Saturday 13 June | Time: 12 - 5pm | Location: Institute of Archaeology, UCL and in Gordon Square gardens. | Price: Free | Age group: Any

The Institute of Archaeology opens its doors this summer for its annual activities and behind the scenes day celebrating all things archaeological.

We will be offering a range of drop-in activities which are suitable for all ages, including:
• How to Make Flint Tools
• Prehistoric Butchery
• Fragmented Frescos
• Cave Painting
• Underwater Shipwreck
• Whose Poo?
• Pottery Making
• Sandbox Archaeology
• Fish Mummification.

There will be a children's trail ‘Passport to the Past: time detective handbook’ available to pick up all day. We will also be hosting guided tours of our internationally acclaimed collections and the opportunity to handle archaeological finds.

The Institute of Archaeology's World Archaeology Festival: Passport to the Past is part of the Council of British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015.

i.carroll@ucl.ac.uk

The Long Shadow

The Long Shadow

Date: 22 May-13 June | Time: Tues-Sat 1-5pm | Location: The Petrie Museum | Price: Free | Age group: ANY

An exhibition of new work by students from Central St Martins College of Art, responding to the theme of light within the Petrie Museum collection.

0207 679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

Strange Creatures exhibition tour

Strange Creatures exhibition tour

Date: 17th June | Time: 1.15pm to 1.45pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Join Strange Creatures Curator Jack Ashby on tours of the exhibition exploring the themes of discovery and Australian wildlife.

This event is free and there is no need to book.

This event is part of the Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals event series.

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

Subversive Millinery

Subversive Millinery

Date: 18 June | Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm | Location: UCL Art Museum and the Wilkins Garden Room | Price: Free. Donation suggested. | Age group: All.

With the summer solstice just around the corner, join us at UCL Art Museum to tap into some collective creativity and make a unique head piece out of recycled materials.
During this evening of "anti-establishment" millinery, you will look at the creation and the cultural history of headpieces with Dr Susannah Walker, teaching fellow in the History of Art department and artist whose work uses textiles. Find inspiration in works from our collection with themes from the animal kingdom and natural world. Then in discussion with the group make your own headpiece.

We will provide all the basic materials for the workshop to make your headpiece but please do bring any bits or scraps of fabric and material you'd like to work with to use yourself or to share.

For more information about the workshop please go to the UCL Museums blog http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/museums/2013/11/05/a-stylish-workshop-on-subversive-millinery/

Pay what you can workshop: UCl Art Museum releases a limited number of tickets for ‘Pay What You Can’ workshops. There is no restriction (either way) to the amount you pay for your ticket. The main thing is that you pay what you can. UCL Art Museum suggests £15 per ticket as an average donation paid on the day of the workshop.

Places are limited. Booking is required. http://subversivemillinery.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Petrie Film Club presents Gallipoli (1981)

Petrie Film Club presents Gallipoli (1981)

Date: 18 June | Time: 6-9pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free | Age group: Over 15

Join us for a glass of wine, a quality screening and an erudite introduction. Featuring a section in Cairo, the film focuses on the Gallipoli campaign in 1915 two months after the Petrie Museum opened in London. The disastrous campaign led to the adoption of a different strategy, involving T E Lawrence, in Middle East diplomacy and politics, the repercussions of which are still felt today.

Introduced by Debbie Challis (UCL Petrie) who will look at the political context at the time of the Petrie Museum opening to the public in 1915 as part of the Centenary celebrations.

Book via http://petriecentenarygallipoli.eventbrite.co.uk. Doors open 6pm, event starts at 6.30pm.

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

A Mystery Petrie Portrait?

A Mystery Petrie Portrait?

Date: Saturday 20 June | Time: 10am - 4pm | Location: Stanley Halls, South Norwood Hill, South Norwood, London, SE25 6AB | Price: Free | Age group: Any

A frame with Petrie’s name on and a portrait of a man with a beard in an academic gown. Is it Petrie? Any why should a portrait of him turn up in South Norwood? Decide for yourself by visiting Stanley Halls in South Norwood. These magnificent Edwardian halls are open as part of the Croydon Heritage Festival and the archive room containing this painting and others will be open to smaller groups of people at intervals throughout the day.
http://www.croydonheritagefestival.co.uk/Festival-Events/Stanley-Halls
and http://www.stanleyhalls.org.uk/

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

DINOSAURS! Of Victorian London

DINOSAURS! Of Victorian London

Date: 23rd June | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: J.Z. Young Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Strange Creatures After Hours
The night owls amongst you can join the bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens to enjoy Strange Creatures After Hours. Animals have been presented in bizarre and the incredible ways, come take another look at the natural world with our film night, late opening, open mic night, talks and drawing sessions.


The Crystal Palace dinosaur models were unveiled in 1854 and took the world by storm starting the original Dinomania. These beastly models were the first anyone had ever seen of dinosaurs and left a lasting impression. Join historian of science and Strange Creatures co-curator Professor Joe Cain as he shares how these models, still on display today, were important in shaping the public’s perceptions of dinosaurs. This event is followed by free drinks reception and a private view of the Strange Creatures exhibition.

This event is free, there is no need to book

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

Strange Creatures exhibition tour

Strange Creatures exhibition tour

Date: 24th June | Time: 1.15pm to 1.45pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Join Strange Creatures Curator Jack Ashby on tours of the exhibition exploring the themes of discovery and Australian wildlife.

This event is free and there is no need to book.

This event is part of the Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals event series.

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

UCL Art Museum Film Club: Carrington

UCL Art Museum Film Club: Carrington

Date: 24 June | Time: 6.30pm-9pm | Location: Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Level 2, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free. £5 donation suggested. | Age group: Over 15's only.

Join UCL Art Museum Film Club for a screening of the award-winning film Carrington film information" title="Carrington film screening">Carrington, directed by Christopher Hampton. The event starts with an introduction to the UCL Art Museum and its collection of Dora Carrington drawings along with a chance to view original art works.

In 1912 Carrington not only won second prize for figure painting her work Female Figure Lying on her Back, but was alswo awarded a two-year Slade Scholarship. She went on to win first prizes for figure painting and anitque painting in 1913. The Slade was the first art school to allow female students to stufy from the life model from its foundation in 1871. Carrington is perhaps best known for her association with the Bloomsbury Group, mainly through her relationship with the writer Lytton Strachey and this is the focus for the film.

Limited places. Booking required.

To book please go to http://uclartmuseumfilmclubcarrington.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Creating Strange Creatures

Creating Strange Creatures

Date: 27th June | Time: 1pm to 4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

The Museum has many amazing animals on display but some have to be seen to be believed. Come along and be inspired by the natural world to create your own animal artwork with a Museum artist inspired by George Stubbs’ painting of the kangaroo.

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

Empire of the Ants (1977)

Empire of the Ants (1977)

Date: 8th July | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: J.Z. Young Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Described as a cross between Love Boat and Jaws the Grant Museum of Zoology Film Club presents EMPIRE OF THE ANTS. With a star studded cast that includes Joan Collins and Robert Lansing, Empire of the Ants presents a world where these insects have grown to gigantic proportions and enslaved the human race. Join Historian of Biology and film-buff Professor Joe Cain who will introduce the film. You’ll never look at ants in the same way again. The film is followed by a free drinks reception in a private view of the Museum.

This event is free, there is no need to book

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

Petrie Museum Score Cards: Family Fun

Petrie Museum Score Cards: Family Fun

Date: Tuesday 27 July - Saturday 30 August | Time: Museum Opening Times | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free - drop in! | Age group: Family (cards aimed at 7-12 years old)

Pick up a pack of Petrie Museum centenary cards and a trail throughout the school holidays. Try to score the most amount of points in your group by spotting objects and people in the collections and centenary exhibition. Keep an eye on the website for additional events.

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

Petrie's War: World War One at Home and in Egypt

Petrie's War: World War One at Home and in Egypt

Date: Thursday 10 September | Time: 6-8pm. Doors open at 6pm, talk begins at 6.30pm. | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free - Book via: http://petrieswar.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Any

At 61 years old, Flinders Petrie tried to sign up to fight in 1914 but was turned away. This interactive talk explores what this archaeologist did during the war and what was happening in his beloved Egypt.

Image © Australian War Memorial

Book via: http://petrieswar.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Petrie Film Club presents The Kingdom of Bones

Petrie Film Club presents The Kingdom of Bones

Date: Thursday 15 October | Time: 6-8.30pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free - £5 donation requested | Age group: Over 12 years old.

A screening of this episode from Murder Rooms set in late nineteenth-century Edinburgh in which doctor turned detective Joseph Bell is asked to unwrap a mummy but finds a recently murdered corpse.

Doors open 6pm, talk / screening starts 6.30pm

Book here: http://petriekingdomofbones.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Petrie Museum Score Cards: Family Fun

Petrie Museum Score Cards: Family Fun

Date: Tuesday 27 - Saturday 31 October | Time: Museum Opening Times | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free - drop in! | Age group: Family (cards aimed at children 7-12 years)

Pick up a pack of Petrie Museum centenary cards and take a trail around the museum. Try to outwit the members of your group by scoring the most amount of points by spotting objects and people in the collections and on the Centenary exhibition. Keep an eye on the website for additional events, which will include quizzes and making cyanotypes!

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

Flinders Petrie on Screen

Flinders Petrie on Screen

Date: Thursday 5 November | Time: 6-8pm | Location: G6 Institute of Archaeology Lecture Theatre TBC | Price: Free book via http://petrieonscreen.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Any

A screening of rarely seen 1930s footage of Flinders Petrie, information about the screening of a BBC 1953 TV documentary, Mortimer Wheeler remembering his encounters with Petrie on film and clips from the 1982 and 2012 documentaries about this renown archaeologist.

http://petrieonscreen.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Margaret Murray: Witchcraft Theory and the ‘Lunatic’ Fringe?

Margaret Murray: Witchcraft Theory and the ‘Lunatic’ Fringe?

Date: Friday 13 November | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free - book via http://murraywitch.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Any

Margaret Murray found an ‘afterlife’ from archaeology as an expert on witchcraft and folklore. But did she identify herself as a witch? Join Titus Hjelm (UCL SSEES) to explore the impact of her ideas on beliefs such as Wicca as part of an evening embracing Friday 13th.

More details will be added for this evening so keep an eye on the webpage!

http://murraywitch.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Petrie Film Club presents Murder in Mesopotamia

Petrie Film Club presents Murder in Mesopotamia

Date: Thursday 3 December | Time: 6-8.30pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free - £5 donation requested. Book via http://petriemurdermesopotamia.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Any

A screening of Agatha Christie's classic murder mystery set on an archaeological excavation in the 1930s; a setting, if not the crime, that would be familiar to Petrie and the students he taught. With an Introduction by Amara Thornton (UCL Institute of Archaeology).

Doors open at 6pm, event starts at 6.30pm

http://petriemurdermesopotamia.eventbrite.co.uk

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