Exhibitions and Case Displays


My Siberian Year, 1914-1915

Until 28 February

Showcase display to mark the centenary of the Oxford and Pennsylvania expedition to Siberia

In May 1914, Polish anthropologist Marie Antoinette Czaplicka set off for Siberia in charge of an expedition to study the reindeer-herding Evenki people. She was twenty-nine years old, had recently completed a diploma in anthropology at Oxford, and had started researching the peoples of Siberia, looking particularly at spirit worship and shamanism. This small temporary display of artefacts and photographs explores the expedition, the extraordinary hardships its members endured, and the Evenki people that were the focus of their research.

Burton Brothers

Burton Bros. of Dunedin: Photographs of New Zealand and Fiji by a Late Nineteenth-Century Commercial Studio

Until 6 March

Archive Case (First Floor)

This temporary display presents twenty-six albumen prints by the Burton Brothers studio of Dunedin, New Zealand. Established in Otago’s provincial capital in the late 1860s, the studio gained a reputation for the quality and range of its landscape photographs, as well as for its early ethnographic studies of some of the Pacific’s indigenous peoples. The prints here derive from several different collections held by the Pitt Rivers Museum, notably that made by Charles Smith, resident at Te Korito on the Whanganui River during the late nineteenth century.

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12 January - 13 March

Case displays (Lower Gallery, First Floor)

‘Amalgamate’ is an exhibition of work created by first year Art and Design students from Abingdon & Witney College. The students’ brief was to take two objects in the Pitt Rivers permanent collection as inspiration, and use observational drawing as their creative starting point for amalgamating these into one artistic outcome. Their initial drawings were then developed through the concept of merging design, surface and / or function. The nineteen works in this display show a range of very personal responses to the collection, incorporating a variety of multimedia processes to create new and bespoke objects.