UCL Research Institute for Collections



The UCL Research Institute for Collections will support researchers of all levels and disciplines to engage with our exceptional archive, rare book and museum collections.
Tseng Yu, Illustration for Andre Gide's 'Fruit of the Earth', 1956

Transnational Slade

UCL Art Collections is embedded in Transnational Slade research project with Paul Mellon Centre and features student work from a lockdown print collaboration between Slade and National College of the Arts (NCA), Lahore, Pakistan as part of Testing Ground exhibition.

John Linnell, View Across the Fiord from Herrinsholmen, c.1834

Languages and Cultures: Nordic Fragments

UCL Art Collections is collaborating with Dr Elettra Carbone, School of European Languages and Cultures (SELCS). The collections feature in an online exhibition Nordic Fragments exploring British-Nordic connections, and her forthcoming British Representations of Modern Scandinavia: An object-based investigation (UCL Press).

View of the UCL Art Museum

The Languages and Cultures Show and Tell

UCL Art Collections is at the heart of The Languages and Cultures Show and Tell, a self-directed online course made up of a series of short taster videos and related activities showcasing one or more aspects of some of the languages and cultures taught at the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS) at UCL.

Survey of London Project promotional material. Aerial photo of the River Thames.

UCL and Survey of London

UCL Art Collections is contributing to research underway by Dr Amy Spencer in the Survey of London, based at the Bartlett School of Architecture, towards a monograph on UCL’s Bloomsbury campus set to be published to mark UCL’s bicentenary in 2026.

Cover of Il libro del cortegiano

Liberating the Collections

UCL Special Collections is running a project that trains volunteers to search the catalogue for printed items relating to marginalised groups. Outputs have included articles on women book owners, women in the Italian book trade, and early modern women writers.

Illustration from 1481 Divine Comedy

Online Comparative Bibliography

UCL Special Collections has organised events that virtually unite items from different collections, encouraging new research avenues and the exchange of curatorial expertise. In May 2021, an event we organised compared 17 copies of a 1481 edition of Dante's.