Special Events



leather stitching

Medieval leather stitching workshop

Saturday 17 January 2015, 10:00 – 16:00

Booking essential – limited spaces available

An exclusive one day introduction to the manufacture of medieval turn shoes. Learn how to make your own authentic threads from linen fibres and boar bristles. Train the necessary stitching techniques that dominated shoe manufacture for centuries and make your own leather pouch from authentic vegetable tanned leather.

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

For further information, contact Maya

My Museum

Welcome to My Museum -
A Dramatic Introduction to two Museums under One Sublime Roof

Saturday 17 January 2015, 10:30, 12:00, 14:00 & 15:30 (FREE)

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

What’s the story behind the Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford University Museum of Natural History? In this short performance suitable for all ages, enjoy an imaginary and tempestuous meeting between the Victorian founders of the two museums – aristocrat General Pitt Rivers and physician Henry Acland; two men with similar ideas about widening education but with very different personalities and passions for different subjects! Play written by Rachel Barnett.


Animal Skin Shields and Armour

Saturday 17 January, 14.30

Defensive weaponry doesn’t have to be made of metal. Throughout history and in different parts of the world, man has been inspired by protective models found in nature.

This illustrated talk by project curator Helen Adams looks at some examples of ethnographic shields and armour in the Pitt Rivers collections - from leather lamellar armour used by samurai warriors and the crocodile cult of eastern Africa, to a fish-scale war jacket from Borneo and the iconic porcupine fish helmet from the Pacific.

After hours tour

After Hours Guided Tours

Friday 23 & 30 January 17.30 - 19.00

Come and join us for an after-hours exclusive guided tour of the Museum, where you will be taken around by one of our expert guides (max per group 15 people) and then browse the Museum at your leisure away from the busy daily crowds.

Explore remarkable collections of hand-made objects from every continent and throughout human history. Discover masks, magic charms and amulets, jewellery, boats, baskets and body decoration, toys, tools, weapons, musical instruments and so much more.

Booking Essential - Limited tickets
Price £10 (all children under 16 to be accompanied by an adult).