Special Events



Iron Here and There

20 September, 14.30

Sculptor & director of The Bullpen foundry, Wesley Jacobs will talk about the alchemy of casting iron sculpture, running furnaces, wielding and manipulating metal and how it draws people into its magic and mystique.

Wesley was awarded a 2013 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to undertake practical research into current iron casting practice in the USA. Since return to the UK, he has been putting into practice his experience, having built a new furnace and teaching at his small foundry near Abingdon.

This talk is part of the Spotlight series

haida open day

Haida Carvers Open Day

Saturday 27 September, 12.00-16.00

Haida artists Jaalen and Gwaii Edenshaw are in residence at the Museum this September, carving a new version of the Great Box - a masterpiece of 19th-century Haida art. Drop in during this open afternoon to watch the brothers at work, ask questions and find out more about this unique cultural exchange project.


carfty afternoon


October to December 2014
Tuesdays 13.30 – 16:30 (FREE)


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)NMU logo

For further information please email Maya


Java & Bali

Friday 24 October, 18.30-21.30

Shadow puppetry; a live gamelan; Javanese dance performances from Ni Madé Pujawati; a Balinese dance workshop; special talks by Dr Fiona Kerlogue of the Horniman Museum, London…and more! oxis logo

Keep an eye on this page for details of the full programme, soon to be announced. Facebook event

Read more about the AfterHours series

leather stitching

Leather stitching workshop

Saturday 15 November, 10.00 – 16.00

A one-day introduction to the manufacture of medieval turn shoes. Learn how to make authentic threads from linen fibres and boar bristle, and master the stitching techniques that dominated shoe manufacture for centuries to make your own leather pouch from authentic vegetable-tanned leather.

Price: £25 (includes all tuition and materials). Participants must be aged 18 or over. NMU logo

Booking essential – limited spaces. Book here or contact Maya for more information.

Light Night

Northern Lights

Friday 21 November 2014 19.00-22.00 (FREE)

Immerse yourself in an atmospheric Artic soundtrack, explore the darkened galleries by torchlight and come face to face with polar creatures. Part of Oxford’s city-wide Christmas Light festival. Cash bar and entry via the Oxford University Museum of Natural History: Map. (PDF)