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Mystery Specimens talks

Mystery Specimens talks

Date: Friday 9 December | Time: 2-5pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: All

We gave each of our UCL Biology students a mystery specimen to identify and research over the past two months. Join them for these Mystery Specimen Afternoons, when they will each give a ten minute talk about what their specimen is, and what they found out about some of the incredible animals in our collection. Come along us and drop in to catch a short talk or two in the middle of the Museum.

Admission is free and there is no need to book.

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

One Pot Per Day live making event

One Pot Per Day live making event

Date: Tuesday 13 December 2016 | Time: 1-5pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: ALL

Come along to the Petrie Museum to join artist Kate Keara Pelen as she creates a new handmade vessel, live in the museum space, as part of the One Pot Per Day exhibition. Kate will create a new vessel in 365 minutes to complement her existing 365 vessels currently on display in the museum. There will also be the opportunity to make your own crocheted vessel, taking inspiration from the Petrie's collection.

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

Impropera presents: Muso

Impropera presents: Muso

Date: Tuesday 13 December | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £12 (inc. booking fee) | Age group: Adults

Night has fallen on the Grant Museum of Zoology, the doors are closed and the museum staff have gone home, but something is stirring. The bats wings are twitching and the pickled moles are uncurling because the world's only improvising opera troupe, Impropera, have snuck in at twilight to sing the specimens to life.

Immerse yourself amongst the animals, hear from an expert and then enjoy musical performances made up on the spot about your discoveries from the countless species of insect, fish, birds and beasts on display. No score, no story and no safety net. What is performed is up to you. The musicians are ready. A curator is on hand with expert perspective.

All we need is you – the audience – to come and get curious

Tickets cost £12 (inc. booking fee) and includes free wine but booking is essential visit www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com

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

Mystery Specimens talks

Mystery Specimens talks

Date: Friday 16 December | Time: 2-5pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: All

We gave each of our UCL Biology students a mystery specimen to identify and research over the past two months. Join them for these Mystery Specimen Afternoons, when they will each give a ten minute talk about what their specimen is, and what they found out about some of the incredible animals in our collection. Come along us and drop in to catch a short talk or two in the middle of the Museum. Admission is free and there is no need to book.

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

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: Saturday 17 December | Time: 1.30-4.30PM | 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.

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Dead, Life Drawing for beginners

Dead, Life Drawing for beginners

Date: Thursday 12 January | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £8 | Age group: Adults

This special session of Dead, Life Drawing is aimed at beginners. Join us to learn the basics of drawing using the Museum’s collection for inspiration. 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. Led by Museum artist, Dead, Life Drawing will give you insight and confidence in a wide range of drawing practices. Materials will be provided.

Tickets cost £8, booking is essential visit UCL Event Ticketing to book your ticket.

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

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: Saturday 14 January | Time: 1.30-4.30pm | 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.

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

One Pot Per Day lunchtime talk

One Pot Per Day lunchtime talk

Date: Tuesday 17 January 2017 | Time: 1.15-1.45pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join Slade School of Fine Art graduate, artist Kate Keara Pelen to hear about her new exhibition, One Pot Per Day. Every day, for 365 days, from Jan 1st to Dec 31st 2015, Kate produced one soft hand-made vessel using simple crochet techniques.

To book, please go to UCL Event Ticketing

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

One Pot Per Day exhibition lunchtime talk

One Pot Per Day exhibition lunchtime talk

Date: Tuesday 24 January 2017 | Time: 1.15-1.45pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Come to this lunchtime talk from artist Kate Keara Pelen, on her exhibition One Pot Per Day at the Petrie Museum this winter.

“Every day, for 365 days, from January 1st to December 31st 2015, I produced one soft hand-made vessel using simple crochet techniques. The project came out of the desire to find a manageable way of sustaining a commitment to my creative output during a period when extensive time in the studio was not going to be possible. The vessel-like shape emerged naturally out of freeform experiments in spiral and tubular forms. The notion of a ‘pot’ allowed for sufficient variety and flexibility in the making to keep my attention for twelve months, while still functioning as a coherent collection or family of objects.” Artist Kate Keara Pelen.

Join us to view Kate's work, One Pot Per Day, in-situ in our pottery gallery in the Petrie Museum from 29 November to 30 January.

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

In the Dark x Grant Museum of Zoology

In the Dark x Grant Museum of Zoology

Date: Tuesday 24 January | Time: 7-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £8 | Age group: Adults

In the Dark x Grant Museum of Zoology is a yearlong collaboration celebrating the natural world through sound.

Once scattered all over the British countryside all that is left of a once important part of the landscape are just ghosts, the ghosts of ponds. But what happens when you bring these lost ponds back to the land of the living? Will the common toad, the water vole or the dragonfly find them, and how will we know they are there? Join us for an evening of audio cinema as we explore the sounds of ponds with Helen Greaves (UCL Geography) and sound artist Action Pyramid.

Inspired by Helen’s research into the monitoring of biodiversity of these ponds she has worked with sound artists Action Pyramid to create a soundscape of the sounds of life in this important yet often overlooked habitat.

In the Dark invite you to join them in the Grant Museum after hours and close your eyes for an auditory exploration of the life of ponds.

Tickets are £8 and booking is essential, visit UCL Event Ticketing to book your ticket.

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

The secret life of objects: volunteer lunchtime talk

The secret life of objects: volunteer lunchtime talk

Date: Thursday 26 January 2017 | Time: 1.15-1.45pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Come and discover more about our collection in these short talks by our wonderful team of volunteers. We have over 80,000 objects at the Petrie. In these talks, we will be bringing their stories to life through information, discussion and object handling.

To book, please go to UCL Event Ticketing

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: Saturday 28 January | Time: 1-4pm | 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, 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.

Drop in between 1pm and 4pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

One Pot Per Day exhibition

One Pot Per Day exhibition

Date: Tuesday 29 November 2016 - Monday 30 January 2017 | Time: Tuesday - Saturday 1-5pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

“Every day, for 365 days, from January 1st to December 31st 2015, I produced one soft hand-made vessel using simple crochet techniques. The project came out of the desire to find a manageable way of sustaining a commitment to my creative output during a period when extensive time in the studio was not going to be possible. The vessel-like shape emerged naturally out of freeform experiments in spiral and tubular forms. The notion of a ‘pot’ allowed for sufficient variety and flexibility in the making to keep my attention for twelve months, while still functioning as a coherent collection or family of objects.” Artist Kate Keara Pelen.

Join us to view Kate's work, One Pot Per Day, in-situ in our pottery gallery in the Petrie Museum from 29 November to 30 January.

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

Artefacts of Excavation exhibition

Artefacts of Excavation exhibition

Date: Tuesday 31 January - Saturday 29 April 2017 | Time: Tues-Sat, 1-5pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Artefacts of Excavation charts the politics of distribution of British Excavations from Egypt between the 1880 and the 1980s.

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

Mapping and Mapmaking in the 19th and early 20th centuries

Mapping and Mapmaking in the 19th and early 20th centuries

Date: Wednesday 1 February 2017 | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Mapping and maps have an important role in archaeological excavations, but during the First World War in Egypt, maps had a more clandestine role to play. A panel will present a variety of views on maps as part of our Archaeology and Espionage Season.

To book, please go to UCL Events Ticketing

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

Artefacts of Excavation lunchtime talk

Artefacts of Excavation lunchtime talk

Date: Thursday 9 February 2017 | Time: 1.15-1.45pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join us for a lunchtime tour of this new exhibition charting the politics of distribution of a century of British Excavations from 1880 – 1980’s.

To book, please go to UCL Events Ticketing

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

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: Saturday 11 February | Time: 1.30-4.30pm | 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.

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Weird and Wonderful Wildlife

Weird and Wonderful Wildlife

Date: Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 February | Time: 1-4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families


Flying lizards, giant starfish, duck-billed platypuses, thorny devils and spiny anteaters, the Grant Museum is home to some Weird and Wonderful Wildlife. Join us to take part in fun hands-on specimen based activities and come face to face with these beasts and many more. This event is free and there is no need to book. Drop in between 1pm and 4.30pm.

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

The secret life of objects: volunteer lunchtime talk Valentine’s Day special

The secret life of objects: volunteer lunchtime talk Valentine’s Day special

Date: Tuesday 14 February 2017 | Time: 1.15-1.45pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Love on the Nile. Join us for a Valentine’s Day special volunteer lunchtime talk, where we will be discussing love, sex and marriage in Ancient Egypt. We will be bringing the stories of artefacts to life through information, discussion and object handling.

To book, please go to UCL Events Ticketing

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

Valentine's at the Grant

Valentine's at the Grant

Date: Tuesday 14 February | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £6 | Age group: Adults

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it, so where better to do it yourself than at the Grant Museum of Zoology. Whether you’re looking for love or seeking to impress your Valentine date, join us for our After Hours Valentine’s themed late opening. Discover the Museum after-dark, enjoy a drink and uncover how seduction is done in the animal world with our Valentines themed specimen labels.

There is no need to book just drop in any time between 6.30pm and 9pm, tickets are sold on the door and cost £6, which includes a free glass of wine.

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

Voicing the past: an enactment of Petrie's War lectures

Voicing the past: an enactment of Petrie's War lectures

Date: Wednesday 15 February 2017 | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join us as we take you back 100 years and re-enact some of the lectures Petrie gave during the First World War. Come dressed up, join in the war effort, and knit some socks for our boys.

To book please email events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

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

Spy Speak: families activities

Spy Speak: families activities

Date: Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 February 2017 | Time: 2-4pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: ALL

Join in activities that will you have you cracking codes; deciphering doodles and being fluent in spy speak before the day is over!

No booking required.

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

Objects of desire

Objects of desire

Date: Wednesday 22 February 2017 | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join Egyptologist John J Johnston and a panel of guests as they delve into the Petrie Collections to find their objects of desire as part of LGBTQ History Month.

To book, please go to UCL Events Ticketing

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

Dead, Life Drawing

Dead, Life Drawing

Date: Thursday 23 February | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £8 | 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 cost £8, booking is essential visit UCL Event Ticketing to book your ticket.

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: Saturday 25 February | Time: 1-4pm | 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, 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.

Drop in between 1pm and 4pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Awesome Archaeologists - Women in Archaeology

Awesome Archaeologists - Women in Archaeology

Date: Wednesday 8 March 2017 | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Celebrate the trail blazing women of archaeology and join our panel to look at the who's who of women in archaeology both past and present.

To book, please go to UCL Event Ticketing

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

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: Saturday 11 March | Time: 1.30-4.30pm | 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.

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

The secret life of objects: volunteer lunchtime talk

The secret life of objects: volunteer lunchtime talk

Date: Thursday 16 March 2017 | Time: 1.15-1.45pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Come and discover more about our collection in these short talks by our wonderful team of volunteers. We have over 80,000 objects at the Petrie. In these talks, we will be bringing their stories to life through information, discussion and object handling.

To book, please go to UCL Events Ticketing

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

Dead, Life Drawing

Dead, Life Drawing

Date: Thursday 16 March | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £8 | 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 cost £8, booking is essential visit UCL Event Ticketing to book your ticket.

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

Artefacts of Excavation: ideas slam

Artefacts of Excavation: ideas slam

Date: Wednesday 22 March 2017 | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL

Join our Curator, Alice Stevenson, as she invites you to judge our Ideas Slam. Hear from where two Egyptologists as they present their theories on the origins and purposes of objects in our collection. You will become the jury as you decide which theory you prefer. Be prepared to join in the debate and share your ideas.

To book, please go to UCL Events Ticketing

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: Saturday 25 March | Time: 1-4pm | 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, 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.

Drop in between 1pm and 4pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Dead, Life Drawing

Dead, Life Drawing

Date: Thursday 27 April | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £8 | 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 cost £8, booking is essential visit UCL Event Ticketing to book your ticket.

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