Friends of the Museum Events Programme


Friends Magazine

30th anniversary magazine
Michael O’Hanlon, Penelope Lively and Philip Pullman,
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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.

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Spring Programme

Spring Away Day


Tuesday 9 February 2016

An Architectural Walkabout...just on our doorstep.

Hear about the 2013/14 renovations to the glass roof of the University Museum and visit Biochemistry, Earth Sciences and the Rothermere American Institute.

Flyer and booking form (pdf)

Contact for this event: Felicity Wood


Greater Zimbabwe: An introduction to the tribes and cultures of the country

Wednesday 17 February, 18.00 for 18.30

Navigator Ndhlovu, recipient of a Kenneth Kirkwood Fund bursary, in conversation with Gillian Morriss-Kay, Chair of FPRM

The history of Zimbabwe (Shona for “houses of stone”) is often portrayed as a series of battles between the brutal Ndebele tribe and the Shona – an inaccurate interpretation promoted by the victors. This talk will give a more balanced view of the history and current state of Zimbabwean inter-tribal relationships. 


Kenneth Kirkwood Memorial Lecture Day

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MAGIC - Its Role in Human Society

Saturday 12 March 10.00 - 16.30

The Ancient Iranian priests of the Zoroastrian faith, the Magi or three Wise Men, have given us the word Magic. So what connection can we see between religion and the dazzling sleights of hand and psychological illusions that we associate with Magic today? What common functions have oracles, shamans, spirits and sacrifice played in the great diversity of human cultures?

Speakers: Dr. Karl Bell, Dr. Xa Sturgis, Prof. Christina Toren, Prof. Piers Vitebsky

Further Information flyer and postal booking form (pdf)

Friends and Students £20/ non-Friends £30
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Architecture for All

Wednesday 20 April, 18.00 for 18.30

Marcel Vellinga, Reader in Anthropology of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University

The talk will examine the intricate and dynamic relationships between people, culture and architecture. It will look at the diversity, ingenuity and tenacity of the architectural heritage of the world and emphasise the importance of its study and conservation in a rapidly changing world.

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Redisplaying the Museum’s Cook-Voyage Collection          

Wednesday 19 October 2016

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

Postponed from 21 October 2015


map of the museum's location


See Map for location (pdf)