What's on at UCL Museums & Collections

Visitors at a Pop-up exhibition in UCL Art Museum

Find out about events and exhibitions in our public museums.

Explore all events and exhibitions

Characters and Collections Exhibition

Characters and Collections Exhibition

Date: 1 July 2015 – 25 January 2016. | Time: Museum Opening Times | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free | Age group: Any

“A Petrie dig is a thing with a flavour of its own: tinned kidneys mingled with mummy-corpses and amulets in the soup…” T.E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia) in 1912.

Meet the characters whose lives became caught up in the discovery, care and rediscovery of the collections in the Petrie Museum on its one-hundredth anniversary. Characters and Collections tells the story of famous archaeologists as well as those hardly known who helped excavate the objects in Egypt and then lovingly looked after them in London. Petrie influenced generations of archaeologists, such as Howard Carter:

“Petrie’s training transformed me, I believe, into something of the nature of an investigator, [teaching me] to dig and examine systematically” (Howard Carter 1892)

Personal stories are displayed with pertinent, and often surprising, objects to bring the formation of this world-class museum to life.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@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

Pop-Up display: German and Austrian Old Masters

Pop-Up display: German and Austrian Old Masters

Date: 23 August | Time: 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: ALL

Join us for our monthly Pop-Up display, and get up close to our wonderful collection of German and Austrian Old Master prints and drawings. Featuring works by Cranach, Durer, Holbein and Schongauer, this display will highlight some stars from the Northern Renaissance, and give an overview of printmaking and draughtsmanship during the 15th and 16th centuries. We hope to see you there. You can find out more about this and other events by going to Pop-Up displays.

To book please go to germanandaustrianoldmasters.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@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

Al-Saddiq  Al-Raddi: Poetry Book Launch

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi: Poetry Book Launch

Date: 24 September | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology (& Malet Place) | Price: Free - book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/al-saddiq-al-raddi-poetry-book-launch-tickets-17322063759 | Age group: Any

Join us to celebrate the launch of a new book of poems by Sudanese poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi that have been inspired by the collection of material from Meroe, Sudan, in the Petrie Museum. This book of poems is in Arabic with translations by Sarah Maguire and Rashid Elsheikh and evocative photographs of Sudanese objects by Crispin Hughes. It is the result of a residency held in partnership with the Poetry Translation Centre that was funded by Arts Council England. Readings of the poems will take place on the night.

Come and meet the people and the collections behind this beautiful new book of poetry.

Book via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/al-saddiq-al-raddi-poetry-book-launch-tickets-17322063759

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

Roderick Tye: The Human Presence

Roderick Tye: The Human Presence

Date: Monday 28 September - Friday 18 December 2015 | Time: Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm | Location: UCl Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: Parental guidance advised

Roderick Tye: The Human Presence, is an exhibition featuring the work of Roderick Tye (1959-2009), celebrated sculptor and dedicated fisherman. Curated by former colleagues at the Slade School of Fine Art in collaboration with UCL Art Museum, UCL Pathology Collections and UCL Anatomy Department, the display will present Tye's figurative sculptures and drawings.

For more information please go to Roderick Tye: The Human Presence

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Publically curated Pop-Up display

Publically curated Pop-Up display

Date: 2 October | Time: 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: ALL

Ever dreamed of being a curator with a world class collection at your finger-tips? Wanted to put a Rubens next to a Rembrandt to see what happens? Well this Pop-Up display on 2 October could be just for you! We're taking a twist on tradition and asking you the audience to come and curate our Pop-Up display for us by choosing items from the collection to put on display. We'll show you how the art works are stored and managed as well as give you the opportunity to write a new label for your chosen piece to place next to it. You can find out more about this and other events by going to Pop-Up displays.

To book please go to publicallycuratedpopup.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Drawing Tuesdays

Drawing Tuesdays

Date: 6 October | Time: 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: ALL

Grab your pencil and sketch book and come and draw inspiration from our collection in our dedicated drop-in drawing sessions on the first Tuesday of the month. We will provide pencils and paper for you to sketch with.

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Roderick Tye: The Human Presence, in conversation

Roderick Tye: The Human Presence, in conversation

Date: 14 October | Time: 1pm-2pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: ALL

This lunchtime talk is part of the public programme for our autumn exhibition, Roderick Tye: The Human Presence. Join Slade School of Fine Art tutors and artists Ed Allington, Gary Woodley and Neil Jeffries as they talk about their colleague and friend, sculptor Roderick Tye. For more information please go to Roderick Tye: The Human Presence

To book please go to rodericktyeinconversationwith.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@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

Pop-Up display: Light and Dark

Pop-Up display: Light and Dark

Date: 23 October | Time: 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: ALL

Come and explore UCL Art Museums amazing collection of prints, etchings and drawings with this Light and Dark themed Pop-Up display to tie in with the Bloomsbury Festival 2015. The Pop-Up will be curated by volunteers and students from UCL who will choose items from the collections relating to ideas around light and dark, life and death. Many artists in our collections have tried to capture and tame light, like J M W Turner and many have delved into the darkest parts of the human soul to create terrifying images like those of Francisco De Goya. Come along to the Pop-Up to see which pieces our students will choose.

This event is part of the public programme for our autumn exhibition, Roderick Tye: The Human Presence.

To book please go to popupdisplaylightanddark.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

UCL Art Museum Film Club: House of Wax (1953)

UCL Art Museum Film Club: House of Wax (1953)

Date: Monday 26 October | Time: 6.30pm-9pm | Location: Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE, suggested donation of £5 | Age group: Over 15's only

"Everything I ever loved has been taken away from me, but not you my Marie Antoinette for I will give you eternal life" so says the sinister Professor Henry Jarod in the 1950's horror classic, The House of Wax (1953). Staring the master of horror himself, Vincent Price, the film tells the story of a disfigured sculptor who re-populates his destroyed wax museum by murdering people and using their wax-coated corpses as displays. Before watching the film there will be an introductory talk on the history of wax work models in art and a chance to see some of our anatomical drawings from the collection.

The event is free but a £5 donation is suggested.

A glass of wine and popcorn will be provided.

To book please go to thehouseofwax.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@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

A Tribute to Christopher Lee

A Tribute to Christopher Lee

Date: 31 October 2015 | Time: 6-8pm | Location: The Petrie Museum | Price: £5 donation requested | Age group: 18+

Join Egyptologist John J Johnston as he looks back over the life and career of the iconic British actor, Sir Christopher Lee. This heavily illustrated lecture will consider his substantial contribution to the public's understanding of the ancient world through a tremendous body of work, spanning six decades, filled with Pharaohs, villainous high priests, singleminded archaeologists, and, of course, living mummies.

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

Drawing Tuesdays

Drawing Tuesdays

Date: 3 November | Time: 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: ALL

Grab your pencil and sketch book and come and draw inspiration from our collection in our dedicated drop-in drawing sessions on the first Tuesday of the month. We will provide pencils and paper for you to sketch with.

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Flesh and bone: bodies in UCL collections

Flesh and bone: bodies in UCL collections

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

From the mummified head of philosopher Jeremy Bentham to human pathology specimens in glass containers to 19th century anatomical drawings of veins and arteries, UCL Museum and Collections have a large number of specimens and studies relating to the human body. Join speakers from different UCL departments to hear about Jeremy Bentham's head, the sword swallowers oesophagus and drawings of thigh bones among other items. We'll be exploring and discussing how these collections have been, and continue to be used for teaching and learning across the University.

This event is part of the public programme for our autumn exhibition, Roderick Tye: The Human Presence.

To book please go to fleshandbone.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@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

Jews and Photography in Britain - evening lecture

Jews and Photography in Britain - evening lecture

Date: Tuesday 24 November 2015 | Time: 6.30pm-7.45pm | Location: Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join us for a lecture by UCL academic Professor Michael Berkowitz. Berkowitz's new book Jews and Photography in Britain is the first-ever historical investigation of its type, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century and closing with the Queen's controversial photo-shoot with Annie Leibovitz in 2007. While little noticed by scholars and critics, the factor of ethnic difference in photography has been critical in the development of a distinctive visual culture in the UK.

To book please go to jewsandphotographyinbritain.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Pop-Up display and performance: Anja Olofgörs

Pop-Up display and performance: Anja Olofgörs

Date: 27 November | Time: 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6B | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: ALL

Join us on 27 November for a special Pop-Up display curated by artist Anja Olofgörs who won the Slade William Coldstream Prize 2015. The prize is awarded annually in June as a purchase prize for outstanding achievement and the art work then becomes a part of UCL Art Museum's Collection. We're delighted to welcome Anja to the Art Museum to choose work from the collection that speaks to her artistic practice. In her prize winning piece Social Constructs Anja explores the impact of gender and space on our bodies. She is interested in how various forms or various modalities of spatial experience control our bodily activities and behaviours, and the effect this has on our self-perception. She will be performing her piece Social Constructs from 1pm-2pm on the day. You can find out more about this and other events by going to Pop-Up displays.

To book please go to popupanjaolofgors.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Drawing Tuesdays

Drawing Tuesdays

Date: 1 December | Time: 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6B | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: ALL

Grab your pencil and sketch book and come and draw inspiration from our collection in our dedicated drop-in drawing sessions on the first Tuesday of the month. We will provide pencils and paper for you to sketch with.

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

UCL Art Museum Film Club: La Dolce Vita

UCL Art Museum Film Club: La Dolce Vita

Date: 1 December 2015 | Time: 6.30pm-9pm | Location: Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

In 1984, Tye won the Gulbenkian Prize to attend the British School in Rome, where he came in contact with themes and techniques central to the Italian baroque, and discovered the means to express his belief in the sheer beauty of being alive. We’ve chosen to show Roberto Fellini’s classic film La Dolce Vita to represent Tye’s time in Rome and the passions and excesses of the eternal city. The screening will begin with a short talk about Tye and his work as well as examples of other artists in our collection who've been inspired by Rome throughout the centuries.

This film screening is part of the public programme for our autumn exhibition, Roderick Tye: The Human Presence.

The event is free but a £5 donation is suggested.

A glass of wine and pop-corn will be provided.

To book please go to filmclubladolcevita.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@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

Pop-Up display: Revolution

Pop-Up display: Revolution

Date: 29 January | Time: 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6B | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: ALL

For our January Pop-Up display we've asked student volunteers from the UCL Art Museum to curate a collection of prints and drawings that speak to the theme of Revolution. More information will be posted here shortly. You can find out more about this and other events by going to Pop-Up displays.

To book please go to popuprevolution.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Jews and Photography in Britain - lunchtime talk

Jews and Photography in Britain - lunchtime talk

Date: Friday 26 February 2016 | Time: 1pm-2pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

To mark Jewish Book Week, join us for a lunchtime talk in UCL Art Museum by Professor Michael Berkowitz. Berkowitz's new book Jews and Photography in Britain is the first-ever historical investigation of its type, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century and closing with the Queen's controversial photo-shoot with Annie Leibovitz in 2007. While little noticed by scholars and critics, the factor of ethnic difference in photography has been critical in the development of a distinctive visual culture in the UK.

To book please go to jewsandphotographyinbritainlunchtime.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Pop-Up display: Shakespeare in the Art Museum

Pop-Up display: Shakespeare in the Art Museum

Date: 27 May | Time: 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: ALL

All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts (As You Like It)

Imagine yourself in the theatre with the Art Museum as the stage for this Pop-Up display of prints and drawings, playing their part in referencing and connecting with the work of William Shakespeare. Curated by Professor Helen Hackett and art historian and Honorary Professor Karen Hearn, both UCL Department of English, the Pop-Up will explore the way in which the collection has been used for teaching and discussing Shakespeare in new and exciting ways. You can find out more about this and other events by going to Pop-Up displays.

To book please go to popupdisplayshakespeare.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk