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Collections Management Seminar

Wednesday 21st September 2011, 2.30pm-4.00pm, Flett Lecture Theatre, NHM, South Kensington

Will it fit through the door? Relocating the Grant Museum of Zoology, University College, London.


Speaker:  Mark Carnall, Curator and Acting Manager Grant Museum of Zoology UCL.

In March this year UCL’s Grant Museum of Zoology re-opened in new premises in the Rockefeller Building on Gower Street. The re-opening of the museum concluded a year long process of relocating stores and collections from inadequate facilities that had been begged for, sometimes stolen and borrowed when the collection was relocated previously.


The new museum has received widespread praise for maintaining the Victorian atmosphere albeit in a space twice the size of the previously location. However, the movement of the collection was fraught with difficulties including a disastrous flood, delays before the project even started and problems arising dealing with numerous stakeholders and project managers inside and outside of the University. The move was highly unusual in that the displays were installed as they were being unpacked with no installation plan and that museum staff had little control of the budget.


This seminar looks at how the collections were moved, the advantages and disadvantages of working within a university and what these moves mean for the ongoing relationship between the museum and UCL.


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