Collections, like Universities, are factories of knowledge. Institutionally, they often appear to be rooted in place, but spatially and intellectually, they exist in constant and dynamic motion. In this exhibition, we ask you to consider the tensions between stasis and movement in UCL and its collections. Why, where and how were UCL's collections formed, preserved and curated? Why and how have they moved across space and over time?

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Objects recovered from the Thames

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These objects are thought to be linked to Hindu religious practice. We do not know why they were in the river – perhaps they were disposed of as a…

Facsimile of the Mocatta Haggadah

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UCL was the first English university to admit Jewish students, and several Jewish donors made generous gifts. Financier Frederic Mocatta established a…

Basket, Sudan

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This basket with cowrie shell decoration is another item in UCL’s ethnography collection, which has a minimal record. Was it for ceremonial or…