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COLLECTING KNOWLEDGE IN MOTION

Date: 22 January-12 June | Time: 6am-9pm | Location: Octagon Gallery Ground Floor Wilkins Building | Price: Free | Age group: Any |

COLLECTING- KNOWLEDGE IN MOTION
An exhibition curated by Claire Dwyer (Geography), Margot Finn (History), Stefanie van Gemert (Dutch), Kate Smith (History) and Ulrich Tiedau (Dutch)

Collections, like Universities, are factories of knowledge. Institutionally, they often appear to be rooted in place, but spatially and intellectually, they exist in constant and dynamic motion. In this exhibition, we ask you to consider the tensions between stasis and movement in UCL and its collections. Why, where and how were UCL’s collections formed, preserved and curated? Why and how have they moved across space and over time?

sussanah.chan@ucl.ac.uk


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SUBNATURE

Date: 21st May to 19th July | Time: 1pm to 5pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: All |

Relics of nature often go unnoticed until they are placed behind the glass of a camera lens or display case.

Subnature is an installation of sculptures and prints produced by Lan Lan (UCL Slade School of Fine Art), set amongst the skeletons and specimens in jars of the Grant Museum of Zoology. The starting point for each artwork began with regenerating fish bone into contemporary phantom creatures.

The exhibition explores the relationships between nature and its representation. The forms and aesthetics of the installations seek to preserve the longevity of the bony creations by using light and digital processing technology.

020 3108 2052 | zoology.museum@ucl.ac.uk


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EXPLORE ZOOLOGY

Date: 12th July | Time: 1pm to 2pm | 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


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PETRIE MUSEUM PRESENTS SUPERNATURAL ‘THE SLICE GIRLS’

Date: 17 July | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free - £5 donation requested. Book via eventbrite. | Age group: Adult |

Find our inner TV Amazon this summer as part of our themed series assessing fantasy and SF uses of classical mythology in television. After spending the night with a strange woman demon hunter Dean’s life is at risk, when he finds out that he has impregnated an Amazon. Introduced by Amanda Potter.
For details of how to join the Petrie Film Club please email events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk

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


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SHOW’N’TELL: OKAVANGO

Date: 25th July | Time: 1pm-2pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults |

We have invited PhD students who carry out research here at UCL to showcase just one object from the Museum’s collection of 68,000 and tell you what they know about it. Luca Marazzi will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to find his object. Find out more about Luca’s research on the diversity of life in one of Africa’s largest wetlands, the Okavango delta.

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 his 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


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WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WILDLIFE

Date: 29th July to 2nd August | Time: 1pm to 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


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PETRIE FILM CLUB PRESENTS: STARGATE SG1 ‘BIRTHRIGHT’

Date: 21 August | Time: 6 - 8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free, £5 donation requested. | Age group: Adult. |

Find our inner TV Amazon this summer as part of our themed series assessing fantasy and SF uses of classical mythology in television.
A group of female Jaffa warriors have founded a separate colony, saving girl children who would have been sacrificed at birth. The Stargate team try to persuade the female Jaffa that they do not have to kill male Jaffa in order to survive. Introduced by Amanda Potter.

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