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. The current issue of the magazine (Spring 2015) is on sale in the Museum shop £1.50.

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Friends' Lectures and Events

18.00 for 18.30

The talks will be held in the Pitt Rivers Lecture Room. Access via Robinson Close, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3P (see map)

Visitors are very welcome, a £2 contribution towards costs would be appreciated | Refreshments served from 18.00 | No parking | Enquiries: Terry Bremble

Edith and I

Edith and I: on the trail of an Edwardian traveller in Kosovo

Wednesday 18 February

Elizabeth Gowing, working on education and cultural heritage projects in Kosovo

Edith Durham was a watercolourist, Balkan traveller, campaigner, author of seven books, first woman Vice President of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and humanitarian aid worker...

One century after Edith Durham's Balkan travels, Elizabeth Gowing has followed her from London to Kosovo - and back again, via the stores of museums around Britain - including the Pitt Rivers - as well as through an Ottoman harem, Serbian Orthodox monasteries and Albanian highland villages.

17.50–18.20 Balkan jewellery collected by Edith Durham may be viewed on the Lower Gallery

Meeting the Makers

Meeting the Makers

Wednesday 15 April

Simon Clements, wood carver and sculptor

An exploration of how one artist uses the museum collection to inform his practice. How do ideas generated by the collection come to be pieces of sculpture; and how does the character and history of the object affect the final outcome? 


How We Came To Be Human

Wednesday 13 May

Robin Dunbar, Professor of Evolutionary Psychology, University of Oxford

We are members of the great ape family, yet something happened in the course of our evolution to radically change how we behave. The result was cities, states, literature, religion, science, music… Archaeologists have traditionally focussed on the stones and bones of human evolution, but the real story of human evolution lay in our social and cognitive evolution.   

Spring Away Day

Friends Away Day

The Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

Thursday 19 February 10.00–12.00


The Bate Collection houses Bate Collectionsnearly 2,000 instruments of the European orchestral tradition. This private visit affords the opportunity to explore the collection and play some of the instruments.

Download booking form (PDF)
Closing date: 9 February

Kenneth Kirkwood Memorial Lecture Day


To be He or She? 
A look at some transgender questions

Saturday 7 March 10.00–16.30

In many ancient and pre-modern cultures, individuals or groups with ambiguous gender identities were accorded rights. Today in many countries such people are marginalised and rejected. The talks will touch on ethnographic, biological and political questions of identity and societal responses to transgender people.

£20 (non-Friends £22) Includes buffet lunch

Enquiries to

Beatrice Blackwood Evening

Last Mughal

William Dalrymple

author of The Last Mughal

In performance with Vidya Shah, musician

Friday 5 June 17.45 for 18.15

Oxford University Museum Lecture Theatre Parks Road, Oxford

Enter a lost world of music and poetry as more than 300 years of Mughal rule approached its end at the hands of the British in 1857. William Dalrymple, award-winning historian and author of The Last Mughal, in performance with the celebrated North Indian vocalist Vidya Shah, take us back to a bygone era of matchless splendour, bringing to life a world of emperors, poets, courtesans, politics, bayonets, intrigue and love, through word and music.

And afterwards – food and drinks in the Pitt Rivers Museum until 21.00

Tickets: £16 - Online Booking

Oxford Playhouse 01865 305305 or Pitt Rivers Museum shop,

Enquiries: Barbara Topley


map of the museum's location


See Map for location (pdf)