What's on at the Grant Museum

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: 30 July 2016 | Time: 13:00-16:00 | 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 or 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.

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

Cabinets of Consequence Octagon Salon #1 Navigation

Cabinets of Consequence Octagon Salon #1 Navigation

Date: 7 September | Time: 6-8.30pm | Location: Haldane Room, Wilkins Buidling | Price: Free with pay bar but booking essential https://octagonsalon1.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: 18+

Drawing on research from the Carandini and Saleem Laboratories here at UCL, Dr Aman Saleem will explain how we move, view our surroundings, and locate ourselves in the world. The metaphor of navigation is then used to explore the context of the current Octagon exhibition Cabinets of Consequence, with Prof Jane Fenoulhet (UCL SELCS) offering an insight into navigating with Deleuze and Dr Jane Gilbert ( UCL SELCS) will reveal how we have looked at navigating our way through change and metamorphosis in French historical literature. Enjoy an 18th century salon style experience with a themed music and drinks.

To book please go to octagonsalon1.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Dead, Life Drawing

Dead, Life Drawing

Date: Tuesday 13 August | 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 www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com Booking opens on 20th August.

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: Saturday 17 September | 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

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: Saturday 24 September | 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

In the Dark x Grant Museum of Zoology

In the Dark x Grant Museum of Zoology

Date: Tuesday 27 September | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £8 | Age group: Adults

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

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: Saturday 8 October | 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

Dead, Life Drawing

Date: Tuesday 11 October | 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 www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com. Booking will open on 7th September

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: Saturday 15 October | 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

Cabinets of Consequence Octagon Salon #2 Animals /Agriculture

Cabinets of Consequence Octagon Salon #2 Animals /Agriculture

Date: 27 October | Time: 6-8.30pm | Location: The Grant Museum | Price: Free but booking essential https://octagonsalon2.eventbrite.co.uk | Age group: 18+

This salon to accompany the current Octagon exhibition Cabinets of Consequence will explore the relationship between non-humans, including animals and insects and their impact on the Earth’s eco-system - just what are their rights in relation to their contributions to our survival. This salon features guest speakers Dr Gavin Broad from the Natural History Museum and the UCL Grant’s own curator Paolo Viscardi plus others in a light-take on this topic taking place in the Grant Museum.

0207 679 4138 | h.pike@ucl.ac.uk

Halloween at the Grant Museum

Halloween at the Grant Museum

Date: Saturday 29 October | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £6 | Age group: Adults

Where better to spend Halloween than in a room of scary skeletons and skulls? If it’s “Eye of newt, and toe of frog” or “Wool of bat, and tongue of dog”, we’ve got all you could want for cooking up some toil and trouble this All Hallow’s Eve. Join us, if you dare, for a special late opening and discover the Museum after-dark, enjoy a drink and uncover some ghoulish animal facts along the way with Halloween themed specimen labels. There is no need to book, tickets are sold on the door and cost £6, which includes a free glass of wine. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed visitors.

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

The Cat: Moving from the Savanah to the Home

The Cat: Moving from the Savanah to the Home

Date: Wednesday 9 November | Time: 6-9pm | Location: Royal Veterinary college, 4 Royal College St, London NW1 0TU | Price: Free | Age group: Adults and young people 16+

There is one surprising similarity between all 40 species of cats, whether it’s the Siberian tiger or the diminutive black footed cat, that up make the cat family : their crouch.

In most animal groups, posture changes depending on the size of the animal. How can a cat’s body maintain its typical crouched posture across such a broad range of sizes? The idea of the ‘crouching tiger’ is an evolutionary oddity that has long puzzled researchers.

A team of researchers led by University College London’s Professor Anjali Goswami and the Royal Veterinary College’s Professor John Hutchinson have formed Team Cat to better understand the evolution of the cat skeleton and how locomotion has evolved in felids great and small.

Join Team Cat and the Grant Museum of Zoology for a very special event at the Royal Veterinary College as we take you (via video link) behind the scenes and into the anatomy room to witness a live dissection of a cheetah to reveal the remarkable anatomical features of this incredible cat and how it compares with its feline relations.

Over the course of the event hear from Team Cat scientists about their comprehensive work on the anatomy of felids over the last three years and the innovative techniques they’ve used to investigate the evolution of cat locomotion.


Please be aware that the evening will feature footage of a dissection being conducted in real time. Because of the nature of the event (with graphic images of a cheetah dissection) it is recommended that only adults and children 16+ attend.

This event is free but booking is essential. Visit www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com to book your tickets. Booking will open on Wednesday 7 September.

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: Saturday 19 November | 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

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Date: Saturday 26 November | 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

Animal Showoff

Animal Showoff

Date: Thursday 1 December | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £8 | Age group: Adults, 18+ only

What would happen if we invited experts in every type of fauna* to make funny about the animals they know and love (or hate) for just 9 minutes? Animal Showoff is that! In a fun evening of science, jokes, stories and laughter come discover more about the animal kingdom from some of the its biggest fans.

*warning, may also contain plants, rocks and fossils.

Tickets are £8 and booking is essential www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com. Booking opens 1st September

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

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

Date: Saturday 3 December | 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: Tuesday 6 September | 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 www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com. Booking opens 7 September

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

Mystery Specimens talks

Mystery Specimens talks

Date: Friday 9 December | Time: 1-5pm | 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

Mystery Specimens talks

Mystery Specimens talks

Date: Friday 16 December | Time: 1-5pm | 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