Pitt Channel

The Museum has a number of sound and film archive collections and regularly produces new multimedia resources. This page provides links to our official channels on other sites and services as well as highlights from across the collections.

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Kintsugi at Pitt Rivers Museum

In autumn 2015 the Museum welcomed Muneaki Shimode and Takahiko Sato, lacquerware artists from Kyoto, Japan, to take up a Visiting Maker residency as part of the Museum's VERVE project. During the residency Muneaki and Takahiko demonstrated the unique Kintsugi technique of repairing ceramics with lacquer and powdered gold, working on pieces specially commissioned for the Museum's permanent and handling collections and for the Friends of the Museum, as well as running demonstrations, talks and workshops for the public. In this film, the artists tell us about the philosophy and skill behind this ancient and enduring Japanese craft, as we follow the journey of a single broken dish - and its owner - through the repair process.

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Small Blessings: Animating the Amulet Collection

A series of short films that follow the progress and practices of those connected with the project as they unravel the stories surrounding these curious objects.

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Body Art - film

This website contains audio and video podcasts produced by the Pitt Rivers Museum in collaboration with local film-makers, schools, and academic experts from all around the world.

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Body Art - audio

This website contains audio and video podcasts produced by the Pitt Rivers Museum in collaboration with local film-makers, schools, and academic experts from all around the world.

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Christian Thompson - We Bury Our Own

Indigenous Australian artist photographer Christian Thompson discusses his exhibition We Bury Our Own, a response to the Australian photograph collection at the Pitt Rivers Museum University of Oxford. Film by Michael Walter, Troika Editions, 2012.

Haida

‘Everything Was Carved’ features commentary from Haida delegates and Pitt Rivers Museum staff, as well as footage from the handling sessions.

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Breaking the Mould

An in-house documentary following a team of artists and metalworkers as they gather inspiration from the Pitt Rivers’ collections to create contemporary pieces for display in the Museum. It reveals some of the secrets of metal-casting along the way.

Extreme Bookbinding: Preservation in Ethiopia

A Friends of the Pitt Rivers illustrated talk by Lester Capon, in which he discusses the repair of centuries-old gospels and processional fans housed in Ethiopia’s mountain monasteries and churches.

Taking the Past into the Future

On 1st May 2009 the Museum completed the second phase of its development plan to improve its public and education facilities. Sir David Attenborough and Michael Palin share their thoughts on the project.

Ruskin college and the Pitt Rivers

Short film exploring volunteer students' expectations and experiences of the inaugural year of the collaboration between the Pitt Rivers Museum and Ruskin College, Oxford.

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Wilfred Thesiger in Africa

The Friends of the Pitt Rivers, Beatrice Blackwood Lecture

Alexander Maitland, official biographer and friend of Wilfred Thesiger.

Archive film

A selection of the Museum's archive films have been digitised and made available online.

Visit the Pitt Rivers Museum archive films page.

Shrunken heads

The display of shrunken heads at the Pitt Rivers Museum fascinates many visitors. In this podcast, Dr Laura Peers, curator, explains where they come from, why they were made, and the curatorial issues involved in displaying them.