NMU logoNeed, Make, Use

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, VERVE is a £1.6 million, five-year project, supporting vital conservation and redisplay of selected cases, plus improvements to gallery lighting. It will also facilitate a wide-ranging programme of free public activities under the theme of 'Need, Make, Use', illuminating the ways in which human creativity and ingenuity has driven developments in design and technologies. 

Here you will find links to featured objects, Need Make Use events and activities, and project photos and progress on our need, make, use blog.

OoM Oct 14

Object of the Month

Reindeer knickers, Siberia

The Evenki (Tungus) people occupy huge territories in north-eastern Siberia. Traditionally a mixture of pastoralists and hunter-gatherers, they still rely on reindeer herding for transport, fur and milk. To survive the extreme cold – where temperatures can drop to 50 degrees below zero – yet also move easily across the tundra, they need warm but light clothing. These women’s knickers are made of young, soft reindeer skin and were worn with leggings and thigh-high boots. They were collected in 1914 by Marie Antoinette Czaplicka, a Polish anthropologist in charge of an expedition to study Evenki life and collect artefacts for the Pitt Rivers Museum and Pennsylvania University Museum. PRM 1915.50.111

This object was selected as part of the VERVE: Need / Make / Use project and is currently on display in our temporary exhibition, My Siberian Year, 1914-1915

Previous Objects of the Month

carfty afternoon


October to December 2014
Tuesdays 13.30 – 16:30


Come along with your children for a series of free afternoons of crafts inspired by the Museum’s collections! Led by crafter Sarah Cullen, you’ll work on a panel that will become part of a larger Pitt Rivers Crafternoon quilt over the course of five afternoons.

Download full details about the Crafternoon series, including dates(PDF)

For further information please email Maya

Felicity Ford

Crafty Networking

Thursday 11 December 18.00 -19.30

Knitter and artist Felicity Ford will discuss her practice and the mediums that inform her work.

Felicity is interested in everyday things, women’s history and labour, and the home as a specific site of meaning, exploring these obsessions through recording, podcasting, hand-knitting, radio-making, dyeing, spinning, and writing. Cash bar and entry via the South Door, Robinson Close, off South Parks Road: Map. (PDF)

Part of the Carfty networking series

special events

Special events at the Pitt Rivers

List of Need/Make/Use events taking place at the Museum

Visit the Need, Make, Use blog NMU logo