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


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.   

Away Days

Soan museum

Hunterian Museum and Sir John Soane Museum

Thursday 21 May

away dayTwo very special museums containing eclectic eighteenth-century collections - one amassed by an anatomist and the other by an architect - situated on either side of Lincoln's Inn Fields. (nearest tube: Holborn)

Download booking form (PDF)
Closing date: 11 May

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)