UCL Culture operate the Bloomsbury Theatre and Studio as well as UCL’s Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Grant Museum of Zoology and Art Museum. In addition we look after other object collections and support public and community engagement and public art at UCL. The Theatres present a varied programme of UCL-led activity and professional productions. The Museums support teaching and research as well as public opening and events. All the spaces are wholly owned and operated by UCL.
UCL Culture is a central Professional Services Division within UCL (University College London). The division is led by Simon Cane, Executive Director of UCL Culture who reports to the Vice Provost (i.e. Pro-Vice Chancellor) for Education and Student Affairs. The department is also overseen by the Culture, Heritage and Museums Committee which is chaired by the Vice Provost for Research.
The Bloomsbury Theatre hosts a broad range of activity throughout the year. 14 weeks are dedicated to student-led activity (UCL teaches no performing arts, so this activity is extra-curricular). A further 5 are used by UCL academic departments for performance or film related activity. 8 weeks a year are allocated to Performance Lab which uses the theatre as a catalyst for work with researchers and the creative sector. The rest of year sees professional events including comedy, music, young people’s theatre and touring. The studio hosts a similar programme.
UCL’s three public museums support university teaching and researchers from across the world. In addition to public opening hours UCL Culture manages a programme of public events, many of which engage with researchers and the student community. UCL Culture also manage other collections used in teaching and research such as the Pathology Collection and the UCL Science Collection.
UCL Culture manages the UCL Public Art Programme which commissions new art for the campus. The Engagement team provide advice, consultancy, training and recognition for public engagement activity occurring at UCL.