Haida researchers consulting photograph collections
at the Pitt Rivers Museum. September 2009.
The Pitt Rivers Museum has collected photographs ever since its foundation. Particularly strong in nineteenth and early twentieth-century photography, the collection also contains important fieldwork archives, such as that of anthropologist E. E. Evans-Pritchard, as well as the photographs of travellers such as Wilfred Thesiger, whose collection alone numbers some 38,000 images. The Museum continues to collect photography, with a particular emphasis upon well-documented field collections and contemporary practice.
The department curates two temporary exhibition spaces within the Museum – the Long Gallery on the ground floor (mostly contemporary photography), and an archive display case at the entrance to the Lower Gallery for small exhibitions of historical material.