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UCL’s Grant Museum of Zoology re-opened in The Thomas Lewis Room in UCL’s Rockefeller Building in 2011. This book provides fascinating historical notes about the new room, the building, and the wider university and medical school environment. The aim is to answer a range of basic historical questions that visitors might have about the space, some of the architectural details, and the building’s history. This book contributes to the history of science and medicine at University College London (UCL) and University College Hospital (UCH).


Joe Cain is Professor of History and Philosophy of Biology at University College London. He specializes in the history of evolutionary biology and the history of science and society in London.

Special features

  • An appendix identifies the “twelve apostles” of the old Medical School Library, once honoured by sculptures displayed along the room’s balcony. Who were they? Why were they honoured so? This is available as a separate fact sheet. (more)


Cain, Joe. 2011. No Ordinary Space: Historical Notes on the Grant Museum of Zoology’s new home at University College London (London: UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL. STS Occassional Papers no. 1).  viii+44 pages, 53 illustrations.

ISBN13: 978-1-906267-89-6 (paperback)
ISBN10: 1-906267-89-8 (paperback)
Recommended price: GBP£7.50 | USD$15.00 | Euro€15.00
dimensions: 6 x 9 (inches)
dimensions: 152 x 229 (mm)


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