Pitt Rivers ‘AfterHours’NMU logo

AfterHours evenings offer interactive encounters with the collections. Each with its own unique theme, AfterHours presents the chance to explore the galleries - with friends or independently - over a drink from our cash bar and in a childfree environment.

Expect interesting collaborations, live performances, music, object handling, talks, tours and taster-workshops.

AfterHours events are part of Project VERVE's public programme, Need/Make/Use, and they happen regularly throughout the year. Keep an eye on our What’s On pages for regular updates.


Stamford Raffles





Sir Stamford Raffles & his Collections

Wednesday 21 May (£7.50)

With doors opening at 18.00 for a drinks reception, join the Friends of the Pitt Rivers Museum for Victoria Glendinning’s lecture on Sir Stamford Raffles, maverick colonial administrator and founder of Singapore.

Entry through the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road.

Book your tickets.



After Hours

Money Pitt

Wednesday 18 June, 18.00-20.30

In association with Friends of the Pitt Rivers

Know the value of beetle legs? Aware of the worth of red feathers? Familiar with tea bricks? Join us to explore the world of global currencies and trade and how different cultures have responded to the common problem of finding efficient ways to assign value and facilitate exchange.

Have a go at our special object trail, visit our handling tables and seek out our spot-light guides to explore forms of currency and trade from the Solomon Islands, to Yap, from Ancient China, to Montana, USA.

Doors open at 18.00 with a special talk by author Clara Semple, entitled “A Much Travelled Coin”, the story of the Maria Theresa Taler, at 18.30. Shailendra Bhandare from the Numismatics Department at the Ashmolean Museum will be present with a handling collection of unusual coins. The Pitt Rivers’ education team will also be on-hand with objects you may never have thought of as ’currency’!

Cash bar and entry via the South Door, Robinson Close, off South Parks Road: Map.

This AfterHours event is run in collaboration with Friends of the Pitt Rivers. Follow them on Twitter @Pitt_TheFriends


BG logo

Rhythm And Poetry with BG Records &Young Woman’s Music Project

Saturday 12 July, 19.00-21.00, FREE

We welcome back BG Records to co-curate a night of live urban music, taking the instrument collection and the dormant sounds hidden within as inspiration. They will be joined by the brilliant Young Woman’s Music Project (YWMP) as they unlock the lyrical potential of the global collections. More details to follow.

In their own words, BG Records are an “independent community-based record label that aims to high quality events and productions for young people. We use music as a tool to engage with vulnerable groups and unlock the power that music has in changing lives”.

YWMP: ‘Deliver, develop, engage and empower’. The aim of YWMP is to empower young females with skills, confidence and knowledge in various musical genres.

In the run up to this event, we are running two interactive public workshops. You will be able to handle, play, explore and record instruments from the Museum’s handling collection. Recorded samples will then be used in the live performances by BG & YWMP at AfterHours: RAP.

For info on booking your free workshop space, email Jozie.

© Ni Made Pujawati

Java & Bali

Thursday 23 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!

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


Previous After Hours Events:

Reel to RealMasqueradeCentral and South AmericaArabian PeninsulaNorth AmericaHip hopTibetan monksVoice Disguiser After Hourscinema