Exhibitions and Case Displays


My Siberian Year, 1914-1915

9 October - 31 March

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.


A Well-Documented Life: James Arthur Harley (1873–1943)

18 October – 8 February

Archive Case display

Antiguan-born Harley was one of the first three students to take the University of Oxford’s Diploma in Anthropology in 1908. His personal archive has been loaned to the Pitt Rivers Museum for a special display that illustrates his life and work – as a student, a curate, and a local politician.

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Scarred/Sacred Water

20 October – 3 May

Long Gallery (ground floor)

An exhibition of photographic art works by Canadian First Nations artist Tanya Harnett, exploring indigenous experiences of the environmental degradation and water contamination of First Nations land in Alberta, Canada, as a result of subterranean oil and gas exploration.

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Travellers' exhibition

Travellers’ Stories

5 December – 18 January

Case display (Lower Gallery, First Floor)

A case display capturing the stories of four local Traveller communities represented through pictures, objects and cultural tales encapsulating their values, history and lifestyle. Contributions include textiles, model wagons, artwork and photographs from the Redbridge, Middle Ground, East Challow and Bloxham Traveller communities, also linking to a complimentary community exhibition at the Museum of Oxford, Oxford Through Our Eyes, from 22 November to 10 January.

Read more about the Travellers’ Stories project