Talks, Tours & Workshops

wood chip carving

Wood Whittling Workshop

Saturday 20 February, 10.00 – 12:30 or 14:00 – 16:30

FULLY BOOKED

Learn the six most useful knife-grips to carve a beautiful, functional cooking spatula in a half-day workshop with Barnaby Carder, aka 'Barn the Spoon'. A fantastic way to connect to an ancient craft, you will be guided through the process including the decorative chip carving technique commonly used by folk carvers from wood cultures worldwide.

Price: £25 (includes all tuition and materials)
Booking essential – limited spaces available
Suitable for all abilities, participants must be aged 18 or over


after hours

After Hours Guided Tours

25 February, 11 March

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.

Price £10 - Limited tickets (all children under 16 to be accompanied by an adult) | Book Now

sensing culture

Sensing Culture: A Tour for Blind & Partially Sighted Visitors

25 February & 26 May, 11.00-12.00 (FREE)

A hands-on tour of the Museum designed to highlight different aspects of the Museum’s collections, specially created for visitors with impaired sight. Part of our Heritage Lottery funded ‘Sensing Culture’ partner project with the RNIBHLF logoRNIB logo

Booking essential, email outreach@museums.ox.ac.uk

KK day

MAGIC - Its Role in Human Society

Saturday 12 March 10.00 - 16.30

The Ancient Iranian priests of the Zoroastrian faith, the Magi or three Wise Men, have given us the word Magic. So what connection can we see between religion and the dazzling sleights of hand and psychological illusions that we associate with Magic today? What common functions have oracles, shamans, spirits and sacrifice played in the great diversity of human cultures?

Speakers: Dr. Karl Bell, Dr. Xa Sturgis, Prof. Christina Toren, Prof. Piers Vitebsky

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Friends and Students £20/ non-Friends £30 | Book Online

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behind the scenes

Photograph Collections:
Behind-the-scenes

12 March, 11.00-12.00 & 14.00-15.00

FULLY BOOKED

Join Photograph Collections curatorial staff for a ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of the Pitt Rivers Museum’s dedicated research area. A special opportunity to receive a guided tour of the climate-controlled storerooms and to view collections highlights, including albums by Wilfred Thesiger. Free but booking essential.

stoneworking

Stone Carving Workshop

Sunday 13 March, 10:00 – 12:30 or 14:00 – 16:30

FULLY BOOKED

Join stone carver Nancy Peskett for a half-day workshop inspired by the museum’s forthcoming stoneworking display. This hands-on session will offer special insight into how stone has been worked across cultures for thousands of years. Learning to use traditional and modern tools of the trade, you will carve your own unique artifact in stone to take home. 

Price: £25 (includes all tuition and materials)
Suitable for all abilities, participants must be aged 16 or over 

behind the scenes

Photograph Collections:
Behind-the-scenes

11 June, 11.00-12.00 & 14.00-15.00

FULLY BOOKED

Join Photograph Collections curatorial staff for a ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of the Pitt Rivers Museum’s dedicated research area. A special opportunity to receive a guided tour of the climate-controlled storerooms and to view collections highlights, including albums by Wilfred Thesiger. Free but booking essential.

talks

Spotlight Talks

Third Saturday of the month 14.30

Events focusing on the displays and their relevance today; find out more about the collections, meet curators, hear specialist speakers, or join in workshops. Suitable for adults and older children.

Upcoming programme of gallery talks.

tours

Highlights Tour

Wednesdays 14.30 and 15.15

Volunteer-led introductory tour of the Museum. Tours last about 20 minutes. No booking necessary. Please gather at the Information point 5 minutes before the start of each tour.

objects handling

Object Handling

Every Saturday 10.30 - 12.30

Object handling in the Pitt Rivers. Discover more about wonderful and fascinating objects from the museum’s collection.

Still Sunday morning

Still Sunday Morning

Every Sunday 10.00 – 11.30

Still a good time of the week for a relaxed visit - space to draw, a chance to study or simply to stand and stare. At 10.45 watch a 45minute audio-visual presentation featuring Sir David Attenborough, introducing many familiar, and some easily missed, treasures of the collections.

More ways to add variety to your visit to the Pitt Rivers

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Friends of the Pitt Rivers Museum

Lectures and Events

A programme of lectures and events are held by the Friends of the Pitt Rivers.