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EIGHTS IN THE OCTAGON: MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE PERSPECTIVES

Date: 19 January - 30 June | 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


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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