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Strange goings-on at the Grant Museum

9 February 2005

UCL's Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy is hosting some exciting and free events this March for both adults and children.

Dr Helen Chatterjee From 3 March to 3 May 2005, the museum is the venue for 'Strange Birth', an exhibition by the artist and photographer Maud Larsson. The show is a selection of lith printed photographs from her ongoing collaborative project encompassing the Grant Museum and the Natural History Museum of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Ms Larsson said: "'Strange Birth' draws attention to our quiet and inner selves, where individual stories are captured and distilled into a physical entity. In these affecting places we can explore beginnings and endings that are simultaneous. The mysteries that shroud such beginnings and endings are stripped away, exposing primitive, emotive matter."

Grant Museum is also hosting a special event during National Science Week. 'Fossil Forage' will be a hands-on experience, suitable for adults and children. On Saturdays 12 and 19 March from 10am and 4pm, participants can sieve through genuine fossil-rich sediment to see what they can find.

Dr Helen Chatterjee, curator of the Grant Museum, said: "The sediment is from a very different East London to the one we know today. It's 50 million years old when sharks and rays patrolled a shallow sea."

For a small membership fee, UCL staff, students and members of the public can become a Friend of the Grant Museum. Friends are entitled to a host of benefits and are invited to a number of exclusive and educational events, and Friends support helps to ensure the upkeep of this fascinating collection.

To find out more about the museum, or becoming a Friend, use the link below or contact the Grant Museum (+44 (0)20 7679 2647). 

UCL's Grant Museum