The Micrarium, or, a slide librarian’s dream

The Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL, is a gem of a collection but it is especially worth visiting if you are an ex-slide librarian who still hankers for the glow of a light box. Here you can stand in a back lit booth whose mirrored ceiling stretches and multiplies the 2000 plus glass slides. It must be pointed out these lantern and microscope slides actually contain tiny creatures rather than 35mm film, but that doesn’t detract from the totally immersive experience.

For more details and a nice little video about the Micrarium’s installation go to




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