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UCL and Open House London 2009

17 September 2009


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  • Open House London
  • UCL will open its doors to the public on Saturday 19 September 2009, from 10am - 4pm as part of the annual Open House London event.

    During the course of the weekend the event will see more than 600 buildings in the capital, selected for their architectural significance, made accessible to the public in this celebration of London's fine architecture.

    UCL Open House will begin in the Front Quad of the Main Campus on Gower Street - visitors should go to the information point to pick up all the information they need and join the tours.

    Founded in 1826, UCL is London's oldest university and the building stock has developed organically to meet the needs of generations of academics and students. 

    As a result of this process, on the main Bloomsbury campus visitors will find everything from state-of-the-art buildings to grand 19th-century designs, such as UCL's famous neo-Grecian central portico - generally recognised as William Wilkins' greatest work. 

    The main campus is also home to the Strang Print Room, which houses over 10,000 fine art objects; the Grant Museum, which contains UCL's extensive zoology collections; and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. All these museums will be offering activities for children and families to enjoy on the day. Please note that the Cruciform Building is no longer included in this year's programme.

    To find out more about the highlights of UCL's architecture and collections and the Open House London event, please follow the links at the top of this article or contact Cassie Harley on +44 (0)20 7679 9371.

    Image: The portico in the UCL quad on Gower Street


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