Special Events




Les Statues Meurent Aussi II
by Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro

Saturday 11 October, 12.00-13.00

Taming ghosts and why the image became history. A visual performance on transforming the Museum and making sense of the economy of darkness.

Nathalie Mba Bikoro is a leading female artist of Africa, acknowledged for strengthening the collective voice of women in art. Yinka Shonibare MBE says that Bikoro’s work reflects Africa’s progressive modernism through challenge and provocation. The work explores narratives about community, political interventions, memory and heritage.

In this performance she will be engaging with the history of the Pitt Rivers Museum and its collection and referencing the 1953 film Les Statues Meurent Aussi that featured a number of African masks and sculptures from General Pitt-Rivers’s private collection.


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Young Archaeologists’ Club
Oxfordshire branch meeting:
“The Stone Age”

Saturday 11 October, 11.00-13.00

The Pitt Rivers Museum is delighted to host the first meeting of the relaunched Oxfordshire YAC. If you’re aged 8-17, come along to learn about the Stone Age from a special guest speaker and enjoy an expert flint-knapping demonstration. If you like this free taster session, you’ll be able to join YAC on the day to attend future meetings.NMU logo

Further information


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)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)