Museum of Life Sciences KCL

Museum of Life Sciences KCL Museum of Life Sciences, King's College London

Museum of Life Sciences, King's College London Located in the Gordon Museum in King's College London, the Museum of Life Sciences celebrates the diversity of animal and plant life in the context of the biological and health sciences. The specimens include skeletal material, fluid-preserved items, taxidermy, dried material, fossils and fossil casts, microscope and 35mm slides as well as a herbarium of plant material. Opened in 2009, the Museum of life Sciences brings together historic biological and pharmaceutical collections from the constituent colleges that make up the modern College.

10th Anniversary Celebrations Dec 2019
23/01/2020

10th Anniversary Celebrations Dec 2019

29th May 2019. 🕦 11:30am - 4:30pm. A rare chance to see our Museum – ‘’a little gem in the heart of London’’.Explore our...
29/05/2019

29th May 2019. 🕦 11:30am - 4:30pm. A rare chance to see our Museum – ‘’a little gem in the heart of London’’.
Explore our little museum and learn all about how animals move
➢how our joints function
➢more about the way we move
➢what can be done when joints go wrong. There will be exhibits to handle, view up close up. Lots of creative activities for kids and adults......... Also a chance to see an art exhibition based in the Museum, ‘A dry and Silent World: hidden disabilities’ by artist Emma Barnard. This reflects the hidden disabilities of loss of hearing and of salivation and how they affect patients’ lives.

Event in association with the museums of the Royal College of Surgeons

Suitable for independant adults and families with children aged 7+
All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Free drop-in event - no booking required. #museumsoflondon #museumoflifesciences #museumoflifescience #kcl #kcllondon #naturalhistory #freedaysout #freelondon #freelondonevents

29th May 2019. 🕦 11:30am  - 4:30pm. A rare chance to see our Museum – ‘’a little gem in the heart of London’’.Explore ou...
20/05/2019

29th May 2019. 🕦 11:30am - 4:30pm. A rare chance to see our Museum – ‘’a little gem in the heart of London’’.
Explore our little museum and learn all about how animals move
➢how our joints function
➢more about the way we move
➢what can be done when joints go wrong. There will be exhibits to handle, view up close up. Lots of creative activities for kids and adults.

Event in association with the museums of the Royal College of Surgeons

Suitable for independant adults and families with children aged 7+
All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Free drop-in event - no booking required. #museumsoflondon #museumoflifesciences #museumoflifescience #kcl #kcllondon #naturalhistory #freedaysout #freelondon #freelondonevents

A NEW EXHIBITION @lifesciencesmuseum     A DRY AND SILENT WORLD: hidden disabilities exhibition Place: Museum of Life Sc...
07/05/2019

A NEW EXHIBITION @lifesciencesmuseum A DRY AND SILENT WORLD: hidden disabilities exhibition
Place: Museum of Life Sciences Kings College Guy's Campus Great Maze Pond London SE1 1UL Opening dates and times:
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Wednesday 08/05 11.00 - 15.00
Wednesday 15/05 11.00 - 20.00 Late opening with refreshments.
Wednesday 22/05 11.00 - 15.00
Wednesday 29/05 11.00 - 16.00
Or by appointment, email [email protected]
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This exhibition is the result of a collaborative project working with Abigail Tucker, Professor of Development and Evolution (Centre for Craniofacial & Regenerative Biology) and her team and funded by the Institute of Culture at Kings. .
Hearing and salivation are taken for granted by the public, by patients and even by clinicians. As such the team recognised a need to raise awareness especially amongst clinicians of the hidden nature of hearing loss and dry mouth amongst vulnerable patient groups.
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"Making the intangible visible, the beauty of the salivary gland is exhibited in the form of 3D printed models and in photographic interpretations by the artist Emma Barnard, patients’ voices were evoked making explicit the disability of living with xerostomia (dry mouth). The below image of salt pouring onto a model of the salivary gland is both emotive and disturbing. I cannot think of a better way of teaching students about the effects of xerostomia and what it actually feels like to live with this oft cited “hidden disability.”
Dr Flora Smyth Zahra
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https://www.kcl.ac.uk/cultural/-/projects/hidden-disabilities #ADryAndSilentWorld #Xerostomia #DryMouth #HearingLoss #PtExp

Timeline Photos
07/11/2018

Timeline Photos

Sphenodon or hatteria often referred to as a living fossil. It is the last survivor of the reptilian order Rhynchocephal...
21/10/2018

Sphenodon or hatteria often referred to as a living fossil. It is the last survivor of the reptilian order Rhynchocephalia, which evolved in the early Mesozoic era, about 200 million years ago, but is now survived by only two species (Sphenodon punctatus [pictured] & Sphenodon guntheri), which are found on the islands off the New Zealand coast and in Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellington, New Zealand. In 1895, the country of New Zealand awarded the tuatara strict legal protection. #kingscollege #lifesciences #kcl #sphenodon #sphenodonpunctatus #museumoflifesciences #museumoflifescienceskcl #lifesciencesmuseum #reptiles @ Museum of Life Sciences

Still beautifully colourful after over 100 years... #botanical #botanicalspecimen #botanicalspecimens #museumoflifescien...
19/10/2018

Still beautifully colourful after over 100 years... #botanical #botanicalspecimen #botanicalspecimens #museumoflifesciences #lifesciencemuseum #kcl #kingscollege #naturalhistory

Gecko foot... #museumoflifescience #museumoflifescienceskcl #naturalhistory #kingscollege #fluidpreservation #wetspecime...
18/10/2018

Gecko foot... #museumoflifescience #museumoflifescienceskcl #naturalhistory #kingscollege #fluidpreservation #wetspecimen

First post for a while...happy to be back.... #lifescience #museumoflifesciences #kingscollegelondon #lifesciencesmuseum...
17/10/2018

First post for a while...happy to be back.... #lifescience #museumoflifesciences #kingscollegelondon #lifesciencesmuseumkcl #naturalhistory

Volunteers cataloguing our specimens today found part of a very interesting creature: a solenodon. Solenodons are venomo...
10/10/2018

Volunteers cataloguing our specimens today found part of a very interesting creature: a solenodon.

Solenodons are venomous, insectivorous mammals native to the islands of Hispaniola. The solenodons are a very ancient lineage of mammals, virtually unchanged over the past 76 million years, and pre-date the Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction which wiped out the dinosaurs.

Today both species, the Cuban and Hispaniolan solenodon are endangered due to predation from introduced cats, dogs, and mongooses.

More information here:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solenodon

Identify the Skull??? Comment below
15/07/2018

Identify the Skull??? Comment below

Various Skulls being laid out to be used for teaching! #kings #kcl #museumoflifesciences #kingscollege #naturalhistory
15/07/2018

Various Skulls being laid out to be used for teaching! #kings #kcl #museumoflifesciences #kingscollege #naturalhistory

A big thank you to all the children that brought their parents to our opens days. The many activities ensures great fun ...
01/06/2018

A big thank you to all the children that brought their parents to our opens days. The many activities ensures great fun was had by all. Also A huge thank you to all of our volunteers that make these days possible, well done!! Love to here some feedback if you attended... #museumsoflondon #museumoflifescience #kingscollegelondon #museumoflifesciences #museumoflifescienceskcl #naturalhistory #openhouselondon #lifescience

Timeline Photos
31/05/2018

Timeline Photos

Loads of activities for kids at our open days 30th & 31st May 11:30 - 4:30.... come down and say hello.....
31/05/2018

Loads of activities for kids at our open days 30th & 31st May 11:30 - 4:30.... come down and say hello.....

30/05/2018

The way into the open day here Wednesday and Thursday....

The Museum will be open 11-4 on 30th and 31st May for a rare chance to see our little museum...please see Facebook event...
27/05/2018

The Museum will be open 11-4 on 30th and 31st May for a rare chance to see our little museum...please see Facebook event link in profile and register interest in attending. Just 5 mins walk from London Bridge Tube ....#museumoflifesciences #museumsoflondon #fluidpreservation #naturalhistory #kingscollege #kcllondon

Sphenodon - the Tuatara: Only survivor of an ancient group of reptiles that roamed the earth at the same time as the din...
27/05/2018

Sphenodon - the Tuatara: Only survivor of an ancient group of reptiles that roamed the earth at the same time as the dinosaurs. #sphenodon #reptiles #museumsoflondon #kingscollegelondon #lifescience #naturalhistory #museumoflifescience #opendays #lifesciencesmuseumkcl #lifesciencemuseum

Seeds of the UK
27/05/2018

Seeds of the UK

Some of the strange fish found in the deep ocean.... #museumoflifescience #museumsoflondon #museumoflifescience #lifesci...
23/05/2018

Some of the strange fish found in the deep ocean.... #museumoflifescience #museumsoflondon #museumoflifescience #lifescience #kingscollegelondon #naturalhistory #deepsea #fish

16/05/2018

We have a school group in the museum today learning about animal locomotion - this video of our live snails demonstrate beautifully their movement. #lifesciencemuseum #kingscollegelondon #lifescience #snails #museumoflifescience #museumoflifescienceskcl #museumsoflondon

A school group in the Museum today learning about animal locomotion...... #lifesciencemuseum #lifescience #kingscollegel...
16/05/2018

A school group in the Museum today learning about animal locomotion...... #lifesciencemuseum #lifescience #kingscollegelondon #locomotion #naturalhistory #biology #museumsoflondon #museumoflifesciences #museumoflifescienceskcl

The Museum will be open 11-4 on 30th and 31st May for a rare chance to see our little museum...please see Facebook event...
13/05/2018

The Museum will be open 11-4 on 30th and 31st May for a rare chance to see our little museum...please see Facebook event link in profile and register interest in attending. Just 5 mins walk from London Bridge Tube ....#museumoflifesciences #museumsoflondon #fluidpreservation #naturalhistory #kingscollege #kcllondon

The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is the second-longest of all living crocodilian and is currently listed as Critically ...
08/05/2018

The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is the second-longest of all living crocodilian and is currently listed as Critically Endangered which makes it of a higher conservation status than the Tiger and The Blue Whale......
sometimes called the Indian gharial or gavial, is one of two surviving members of the family Gavialidae. They are a group of crocodile-like reptiles with long, narrow jaws.
#naturalhistory #museumoflifesciences #museumoflifescience #kingscollege #kingscollegelondon #lifescience #lifesciencemuseum #reptile #gharial #crocodiles #kcl

A rare chance to see our Museum – ‘’a little gem in the heart of London’’.Explore our little museum and learn all about ...
05/05/2018

A rare chance to see our Museum – ‘’a little gem in the heart of London’’.
Explore our little museum and learn all about eyes across the animal kingdom through object handling and creative activities.

Event in association with the museums of the Royal College of Surgeons

Suitable for independant adults and families with children aged 7+
All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Free drop-in event - no booking required. #museumsoflondon #museumoflifesciences #museumoflifescience #kcl #kcllondon #naturalhistory #freedaysout #freelondon #freelondonevents

Three head embryo... #musuemoflifescience #lifesciencemuseum #kcl #kcllondon #kingscollegelondon #kingscollege #naturalh...
05/05/2018

Three head embryo... #musuemoflifescience #lifesciencemuseum #kcl #kcllondon #kingscollegelondon #kingscollege #naturalhistory

Sphenodon punctatum tautara - Only survivor of an ancient group of reptiles that roamed the earth at the same time as th...
02/05/2018

Sphenodon punctatum tautara - Only survivor of an ancient group of reptiles that roamed the earth at the same time as the dinosaurs. #museumoflifescience #museumoflifescienceskcl #museumoflifesciences #naturalhistory #kingscollegelondon #kingscollege #kcl #fluidpreservation

01/05/2018

Just a small selection of our bird Skulls here at the museum..... #kcl #museumoflifesciences #naturalhistory #openhouselondon #freemuseums #birdskulls

The hind leg of a Male Duck Billed Platypus. Note the sharp spur. This is able to administer a venom that is said to be ...
26/04/2018

The hind leg of a Male Duck Billed Platypus. Note the sharp spur. This is able to administer a venom that is said to be one of the most excruciatingly painful venoms that isn’t fatal to humans of any animal..... #platypus #lifesciencesmuseum #kingscollege #kingscollegelondon #openhouselondon #osteology #naturalhistory #opendays

Our stunning Albino Blackbird- Birds that lack the color pigment melanin have a genetic mutation called albinism. These ...
25/04/2018

Our stunning Albino Blackbird- Birds that lack the color pigment melanin have a genetic mutation called albinism. These birds are often pure white. #albinobird #blackbird #whiteblackbird #museumoflifesciences #kcl #kingscollegelondon #taxidermy #naturalhistory #freedayslondon #lifesciencesmuseum

A rare chance to see our Museum – ‘’a little gem in the heart of London’’.Explore our little museum and learn all about ...
19/04/2018

A rare chance to see our Museum – ‘’a little gem in the heart of London’’.
Explore our little museum and learn all about eyes across the animal kingdom through object handling and creative activities.

Event in association with the museums of the Royal College of Surgeons

Suitable for independant adults and families with children aged 7+
All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Free drop-in event - no booking required. #museumsoflondon #museumoflifesciences #museumoflifescience #kcl #kcllondon #naturalhistory #freedaysout #freelondon #freelondonevents

Following on from Crow and Raven Skull comparison can anyone guess which tiny Skull this is next to our Raven? #naturalh...
18/04/2018

Following on from Crow and Raven Skull comparison can anyone guess which tiny Skull this is next to our Raven? #naturalhistory #lifesciences #lifesciencesmuseumkcl #lifesciencesmuseum #raven #bird #skull

Compare the skulls! The Raven (Left) and The Crow (Right) are often mistaken for each other. As you can see the Raven is...
18/04/2018

Compare the skulls! The Raven (Left) and The Crow (Right) are often mistaken for each other. As you can see the Raven is a lot bigger than the crow and has greater curvature to the beak..... #musuemoflifescience #kingscollegelondon #kingscollege #kcllondon #naturalhistory #lifesciencesmuseum #openhouselondon #birds #crow #raven #skull #birdskull

One of our volunteers posing next to our Giraffe leg for scale......Thanks @oliviadrydenjewellery for saving our flying ...
13/04/2018

One of our volunteers posing next to our Giraffe leg for scale......Thanks @oliviadrydenjewellery for saving our flying squirrel...... #museumoflifesciences #museumoflifescience #naturalhistory #taxidermy #fluidpreservation

Preparing to mount the walrus Skull on the wall ready for the open days 30th & 31st May...Look forward to meeting some o...
13/04/2018

Preparing to mount the walrus Skull on the wall ready for the open days 30th & 31st May...Look forward to meeting some of our new followers... #naturalhistory #museumoflifesciences #lifesciencemuseum #kcl #kingscollege #kingscollegelondon #taxidermy #osteology

The Museum will be open on 30th May for a rare chance to see our little museum...please see Facebook event link in profi...
03/04/2018

The Museum will be open on 30th May for a rare chance to see our little museum...please see Facebook event link in profile and register interest in attending. Just 5 mins walk from London Bridge Tube ....#museumoflifesciences #museumsoflondon #fluidpreservation #naturalhistory #kingscollege #kcllondon

This is believed to be a Pelusious subniger or East African Black Mud Turtle - Part of the ongoing work by our volunteer...
28/03/2018

This is believed to be a Pelusious subniger or East African Black Mud Turtle - Part of the ongoing work by our volunteers is to correctly identify the vast collection. Many specimens that have been donated to the collection come unlabelled and as much unidentified. Do let us know if you have other opinion on identification. #turtle #fluidpreservation #museumsoflondon #museumoflifescienceskcl #museumoflifescience #kingscollege #naturalhistory

Part of our collection of urchins... #museumsoflondon #kcl #kcllondon #kcllife #museumoflifesciences #kingscollege #natu...
28/03/2018

Part of our collection of urchins... #museumsoflondon #kcl #kcllondon #kcllife #museumoflifesciences #kingscollege #naturalhistory #oceannature

One of nature’s sculptures.... #naturalhistory #museumsoflondon #museumoflifeandscience #museumoflifescienceskcl #kcl
24/03/2018

One of nature’s sculptures.... #naturalhistory #museumsoflondon #museumoflifeandscience #museumoflifescienceskcl #kcl

Cane Toad (Rhinella marina) Is the worlds largest toad the females are significantly longer than males, reaching an aver...
21/03/2018

Cane Toad (Rhinella marina) Is the worlds largest toad the females are significantly longer than males, reaching an average length of 10–15 cm, with a maximum of 24 cm They have a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years in the wild,[25] and can live considerably longer in captivity. They have poison glands, and the tadpoles are highly toxic to most animals if ingested.... #amphibian #amphibians #fluidpreservation #kcllondon #naturalhistory #lifesciencemuseum #lifesciencesmuseum #toad #canetoad #canetoads

Baboon Skull from our collection..... #osteology #baboon #kcllondon #naturalhistory #lifesciencemuseum #lifesciencesmuse...
21/03/2018

Baboon Skull from our collection..... #osteology #baboon #kcllondon #naturalhistory #lifesciencemuseum #lifesciencesmuseum #skull #kcl #kingscollege #kingscollegelondon

Two of our volunteers with our Monkey Ladder seed pod (Entada gigas) Is a species of flowering liana in the pea family, ...
20/03/2018

Two of our volunteers with our
Monkey Ladder seed pod (Entada gigas) Is a species of flowering liana in the pea family, that is native to Central America, Caribbean, northern & South America, and Africa. Seedpods can reach up to 2 m in length which would dwarf our one! Inside the pods are ten to fifteen seeds, The seeds contain a hollow cavity, which gives them buoyancy that allows them to be washed by rain into rivers and then into the sea. The seeds can drift long distances on ocean currents and can still germinate after more than two years at sea. #botanical #seeds #naturalhistory #nature #naturalscience #naturalsciences #lifesciencemuseum #lifesciencesmuseum #kcl #kcllondon #kingscollege #kingscollegelondon #museumsoflondon #museumoflifescienceskcl

Juvenile Chimpanzee Skull #naturalhistory #lifesciencemuseum #lifesciencesmuseum #osteology #kcllondon #kcl #kingscolleg...
20/03/2018

Juvenile Chimpanzee Skull #naturalhistory #lifesciencemuseum #lifesciencesmuseum #osteology #kcllondon #kcl #kingscollegelondon #kingscollege

Some more of our botanical specimens on display in the museum.... #fluidpreservation #botany #naturalhistory #lifescienc...
19/03/2018

Some more of our botanical specimens on display in the museum.... #fluidpreservation #botany #naturalhistory #lifesciencemuseum #lifesciencesmuseum #kcllondon #plantlife #museumspecimen

Our young Elephant skeleton will be making an appearance at our open day on 30th May 18 please see link in profile for m...
19/03/2018

Our young Elephant skeleton will be making an appearance at our open day on 30th May 18 please see link in profile for more details... #museumsoflondon #lifesciencemuseum #lifesciencesmuseum #osteology #naturalhistory #kcllondon #kcl

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Museum Of Life Sciences, Department Of Anatomy & Human Sciences, King’s College London, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
London
SE1 1UL

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Located in the Gordon Museum in King's College London, the Museum of Life Sciences celebrates the diversity of animal and plant life in the context of the biological and health sciences. The specimens include skeletal material, fluid-preserved items, taxidermy, dried material, fossils and fossil casts, microscope and 35mm slides as well as a herbarium of plant material. Opened in 2009, the Museum of life Sciences brings together historic biological and pharmaceutical collections from the constituent colleges that make up the modern College.

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My boys loved it here. We only found you by mistake. Such a lovely afternoon. Thank you for showing my son's around.
Is it possible for you to identify this tiny skull? Don't think it's a rodent despite the size, the teeth are wrong for a rodent, pound coin for scale,