Friends of the Museum Events Programme


Friends Magazine

30th anniversary magazine
Michael O’Hanlon, Penelope Lively and Philip Pullman,
© Studio Edmark

The FPRM Magazine was awarded a first prize in the British Association of Friends of Museums' Newsletter Awards for 2005, 2008 and 2013. Download issue 81, 30th Anniversary edition and issue 83 (Summer 2015). The current edition of the magazine (issue 84, Autumn/ Winter 2015) is on sale in the Museum shop at £1.50.

Details on how to become a Friend

Supporting the Friends - donation form (pdf)


Autumn Programme

sacred prostitution in India

Sacred Prostitution in India:
the Modern-Day Devadasis

Wednesday 21 October 18.00 for 18.30

Catherine Rubin Kermorgant | Anthropologist, documentary film-maker and author

Catherine will discuss her book, Servants of the Goddess: the Modern-Day Devadasis. Married to the gods as young girls, devadasis are trained to sing and dance for the gods. Their sacred duties include providing sexual services to men. While they play an important spiritual role in their villages, they are also reviled as impure.

All welcome. Tea served from18.00. Visitors £2

Entrance via South Door, Robinson Close, off South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PP  see map

Weston Library - copyright Oxford University


Monday 2 November 

Fully Booked

A visit to the Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford



Kirsty Norman

Kuwait National Museum and the Iraqi Invasion: A Conservator’s View

Wednesday 18 November 18.00 for 18.30

Kirsty Norman | Honorary lecturer, UCL Institute of Archaeology

The little known story of the looting of Kuwait National Museum, and the remarkable recovery operation carried out by the UN in Baghdad just over a year later is told by one of the collection’s conservators, who was in Kuwait during the invasion, and joined the UN recovery team.

All welcome. Tea served from 18.00. Visitors £2

Entrance via South Door, Robinson Close, off South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PP  see map

Friends Christmas party

Friends’ Christmas Party

Friday 4 December 18.30 – 21.00

All welcome.

Flyer and booking form (pdf)

This year the money raised by the Silent Auction at the Christmas party will go to support PRM’s exhibition of photographs by Sheila Paine (embroidery expert, intrepid traveller and Friend) in Autumn 2016. Any offers of 'lots' please contact Clemence Schutze


Behind the scenes of the photograph collections

Behind-the-Scenes Visit to The Museum's Photograph Collections

Wednesday 13 January 2016
11.00 – 12.00 / 14.00 – 15.00

A special opportunity for Friends to view some of the highlights of the collections, including albums by Wilfred Thesiger and Robert Woodthorpe (the latter conserved with the support of the Friends), the fieldwork photographs of Robert Hottot and Diamond Jenness, glass negatives of Tibet by Charles Bell, and a range of other material from the 1860s onwards. There will also be a tour of the storage facility to see how the collections are housed.

Flyer and booking form (pdf)

cook case

Redisplaying the Museum’s Cook-Voyage Collection          

Early 2016

A special evening just for Friends. A chance to view the Cook-Voyage collection case, and celebrate the Friends' contribution.

Postponded from 21 October 2015


map of the museum's location


See Map for location (pdf)