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Eights in the Octagon: Medieval and Renaissance Perspectives

Eights in the Octagon: Medieval and Renaissance Perspectives

Date: 19 January - 30 June | Time: | Location: Octagon Gallery, Ground floor of the Wilkins building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT | Price: Free | Age group: Any

Inspired by the Octagon’s shape and location, historians of science and culture investigate the number eight as a significant principle in Medieval and Renaissance systems of measurement, cosmology, design and creativity.

Curated by: Chiara Franceschini, Catherine Keen, and Sophie Page, with William Maclehose and Alison Wright

From 19 January to 30 June 2015.

sussanah.chan@ucl.ac.uk

3rd Grant Museum (not in a) Pub Quiz

3rd Grant Museum (not in a) Pub Quiz

Date: 4th March | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Back for another year is The Grant Museum (not in a) Pub Quiz. Bring along your brainiest friends to form the ultimate team and compete at the chance of winning the much coveted Golden Glittery Lion. Do you know your jellyfish from your swordfish or your rabbits from your hares?? Join us as we delve into rounds of popular natural history with lots of treats in store throughout the night.

Teams of up to five people; free to enter but booking is essential. To register your team appoint a team captain and book your team on Eventbrite https://grantmuseumpubquiz3.eventbrite.co.uk Booking opens 12th January 2015.There is no need to register individual team members just register your team captain and the number in your team.

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

Petrie Film Club presents Justine (1969)

Petrie Film Club presents Justine (1969)

Date: Thursday 5 March | Time: 6-8.30pm (doors open 6pm, event / film starts 6.30pm) | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £5 donation requested. Book via https://justinefilm.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Over 16 years old.

Based on the Lawrence Durrell novel, in 1930s Alexandria Darley, a young British schoolmaster and poet, is introduced by a British official Pursewarden to Justine, the mysterious wife of an Egyptian banker. But is Justine involved in a movement to arm the Jewish underground in Palestine and undermine British rule. Introduced by Michael Berkowitz (UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies).

Book via https://justinefilm.eventbrite.co.uk £5 donation to cover drinks is requested.

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

The Girl at the Door: Equality, Gender & Society

The Girl at the Door: Equality, Gender & Society

Date: 6-7 March | Time: 6 March, 1pm-8 pm; 7 March, 2pm-6pm | Location: UCL Quad | Price: Free, drop-in | Age group: All

Join UCL Art Museum and artist Kristina Clackson Bonnington on the eve of International Women's Day 2015 to explore the legacy of suffrage and investigate the relationship between art, gender and social change.

UCL's Quad will become a site for investigation and discovery during this two-day creative get-together which will focus on sharing key findings through new collaborative works of art, workshops and talks. Come to find out more about our social history and get creative!

Free, drop-in.

college.art@ucl.ac.uk

Drawing Life

Drawing Life

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

Join the Drawing Life workshops and find out how the act of drawing can unlock the complex relationships at work in nature. We will immerse ourselves in the natural world while exploring the wonderful specimens in the collection. Booking is essential with tickets released on the 10th February. http://drawinglifemarch.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Petrie Film Club presents The Cleopatras (1983)

Petrie Film Club presents The Cleopatras (1983)

Date: Thursday 12 March | Time: 6-8pm (doors open 6pm, event starts 6.30pm) | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £5 donation requested. Book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/petrie-film-club-presents-the-cleopatras-tickets-14508676843 | Age group: Over 15 years old.

Petrie Film Club presents The Cleopatras (BBC, John Frankau, 1983)
Join us for a glass of wine, a quality screening and an erudite introduction. A rare screening of the first two episodes of this much underrated BBC2 television drama. Following in the tradition of I Claudius it paints a darkly comic picture of the pleasures, horrors and power politics of the royal court of Ptolemaic Alexandria from 145-30BC. Introduced by John J Johnston.

£5 donation requested. Book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/petrie-film-club-presents-the-cleopatras-tickets-14508676843

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

Petrie Film Club presents: Carry On Cleo (1964)

Petrie Film Club presents: Carry On Cleo (1964)

Date: Friday 13 March | Time: 6-8.30pm (doors open 6pm, event starts 6.30pm) | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £5 donation requested. Book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/petrie-museum-film-club-presents-carry-on-cleo-1964-tickets-14508716963 | Age group: Any

Join us for a glass of wine, a quality screening and an erudite introduction. A screening of this classic British comedy in the unique Egyptological surroundings of the Petrie Museum. Filmed as a response to Hollywood’s epic ‘Cleopatra,’ (US, Joseph L Mankiewicz, 1963) it stars Amanda Barrie as a naïvely alluring Cleopatra VII and the inimitable Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar. Introduced by John J Johnston.

£5 donation requested. Book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/petrie-museum-film-club-presents-carry-on-cleo-1964-tickets-14508716963

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

Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals

Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals

Date: 16th March - 27th June | Time: Monday to Saturday 1pm to 5pm (closed Thurs-Tues of Easter weekend) | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: All

When new regions are explored and the animals in them discovered, how does the wider world get to experience these species? From the earliest days of exploration, art has been essential in representing creatures that are alien to people at home.

The Strange Creatures exhibition will explore the world of animal representations, featuring the painting of a kangaroo by George Stubbs which was recently saved for the nation. It was painted following Captain Cook’s first “Voyage of Discovery” and is Europe’s first image of an Australian animal.

Palaeontologists and historians of science, exploration and art from across University College London will tell stories from their own disciplines. Featuring medieval accounts of exotic creatures, art from the ages of exploration and empire, contemporary taxidermy and reconstructions of dinosaurs based on cutting-edge engineering principles, this exhibition questions how unknown animals are communicated to the wider public.

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.

Read more on the exhibition website.

Image credit (c) National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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

Fossil Forage

Fossil Forage

Date: 21st March | Time: 1pm to 4.30pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

Get stuck in at this free hands-on activity by sieving through our sediment that dates from a time over 50 million years ago, a time when London was underwater and patrolled by sharks and rays. Any fossils you find whilst sieving you get to keep, and they are all real. So come and join us for this free fun hands-on activity. Drop in between 1pm and 4.30pm.

Part of National Science and Engineering Week

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

Grant Museum Film Club: Skippy the Bush Kangaroo

Grant Museum Film Club: Skippy the Bush Kangaroo

Date: 24th March | Time: 6.30pm to 9pm | Location: Roberts Building, University College London, TORRINGTON PLACE, LONDON, WC1E 7JE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

“What’s that Skip, The kids are trapped down the old mine-shaft?” To celebrate our display of George Stubbs’ painting, The Konguroo from New Holland as part of our Strange Creatures exhibition, the Grant Museum film night is heading down under for back to back episodes of the classic Australian TV series Skippy Bush Kangaroo. Join Historian of Biology and film-buff Professor Joe Cain who will introduce a collection of his favourite episodes . The film is followed by a free drinks reception in a private view of the Museum. This event is free and there is no need to book.

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

Petrie Film Club presents The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Petrie Film Club presents The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Date: Thursday 26 March | Time: 6-8.30pm (doors open 6pm, event starts 6.30pm) | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £5 donation requested. Book via https://petriefilmclubthespywholovedme.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: Over 15

Join us for a glass of wine, a quality screening and an erudite introduction. Starring Roger Moore, the tenth Bond film is set largely on location in Egypt with Karnak and the pyramids taking the part of spectacular backdrops to the action as James Bond travels across Egypt KGB agent Anya Amasova tracking stolen microfilm. Introduced by John J. Johnstone (UCL Institute of Archaeology).

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

The Imaginary Menagerie

The Imaginary Menagerie

Date: 28th March | Time: 1pm to 4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families

In the Museum we have amazing and beautiful animals on display but some have to be seen to be believed like the quagga, a not very stripy zebra, or the duck billed platypus. Come along and be inspired by the natural world to create your own animal artwork in our Imaginary Menagerie with a Museum artist. 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

Heroes from the dark or light side?: Ancient and modern heroes versus the Minotaur

Heroes from the dark or light side?: Ancient and modern heroes versus the Minotaur

Date: 8 April | Time: 6 - 8.30pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Suggested £5 donation to cover drinks. Please book via eventbrite. | Age group: Any

Join us for a glass of wine, a quality screening and an erudite introduction. In the pilot episode from BBC Atlantis ‘The Earth Bull’ from 2013 a modern hero from the light side Jason confronts the dark monster, the Minotaur. Like the hero from Greek myth, Theseus, Jason saves the lives of his companions who would be sacrificed to the beast. But in BBC Doctor Who ‘The God Complex’ from 2011 when the Doctor meets the Minotaur there turn out to be more similarities than differences between hero and monster, and the boundaries between dark and light, hero and monster become blurred.

The screening will be accompanied by a talk from Amanda Potter on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, and aspects of dark and light in different versions of this story

Book via: http://petrielightheroes.eventbrite.co.uk Doors open 6pm & talk starts 6.30pm.

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

The Light Project - Innovations

The Light Project - Innovations

Date: 16 April | Time: 6 - 8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £3 | Age group: Any

PhD student, Meghan Strong (Cambridge), is researching how the Ancient Egyptians illuminated the world around them. She will share her insights from working with lamps in the Petrie Collection, including a discussion of the importance of lighting in temples, tombs and the afterlife. Join us then to recreate lighting a temple outside the museum.


Please book via http://petrielightinnovation.eventbrite.co.uk. Doors open 6pm, event starts at 6.30pm.

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

The Light Project - Symbolism

The Light Project - Symbolism

Date: 23 April | Time: 6 - 8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £3 | Age group: Any

An evening of light offerings – getting to grips with the ancient symbolism of the hieroglyphs and looking at what was involved in making offerings at the temple and how that involved light. Ildiko Kalnoky and Louise Atherton, UCL MA Egyptology students, offer an interactive workshop. Join Output Arts SAND light installation outside the museum where you can make your own hieroglyphs light up.

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

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

The Light Project - Capturing Light

The Light Project - Capturing Light

Date: 30 April | Time: 6-8pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: £3 | Age group: Any

A chance to explore the Petrie Archive Collection of photographs and filmed excavations looking at the role of photography and film in early archaeology with historian Amara Thornton (UCL Institute of Archaeology) and colleagues from the Filming Antiquities project.

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

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

The Light Project - All that glitters: Egyptian Light in London

The Light Project - All that glitters: Egyptian Light in London

Date: 14 May | Time: 2-4pm | Location: Cleopatra's Needle (further directions given after booking) | Price: £5 | Age group: 16 plus

Join Debbie Challis (UCL Petrie) at Cleopatra's Needle on the Embankment and a walk to Monument for a look at how Ancient Egyptian beliefs about capturing light has influenced more modern ideas. How does a pyramidion work? What does a prism do? Where does the sun make London glitter?

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

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

Petrie Film Club presents Gallipoli (1981)

Petrie Film Club presents Gallipoli (1981)

Date: 4 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

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