Pitt Channel

The Museum has a number of sound and film archive collections and regularly produces new multimedia resources. This page provides links to our official channels on other sites and services as well as highlights from across the collections.

Latest Highlight from our Channels

Carving the new Great Box: Gwaai Edenshaw and Jaalen Edenshaw at the Pitt Rivers Museum

A masterpiece of Haida First Nations art from Canada, the "Great Box" was collected by General Pitt Rivers by 1874 and was part of the Pitt Rivers Museum’s founding collection. As part of the Museum’s ongoing relationship with the Haida Nation, two experienced Haida artists, brothers Jaalen Edenshaw and Gwaai Edenshaw, spent a month at the Pitt Rivers in September 2014 making an exact replica of the box in order to learn from the artist who made it. This video by Robert Rapaport documents the process of carving and painting the replica box and the artists’ reflections on the project..


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Small Blessings: Animating the Amulet Collection

A series of short films that follow the progress and practices of those connected with the project as they unravel the stories surrounding these curious objects. Watch the films

Body Art

Body Art

This website contains audio and video podcasts produced by the Pitt Rivers Museum in collaboration with local film-makers, schools, and academic experts from all around the world. Visit the website.



‘Everything Was Carved’ features commentary from Haida delegates and Pitt Rivers Museum staff, as well as footage from the handling sessions. Read more about the background to this project.

breaking the mould

Breaking the Mould

An in-house documentary following a team of artists and metalworkers as they gather inspiration from the Pitt Rivers’ collections to create contemporary pieces for display in the Museum. It reveals some of the secrets of metal-casting along the way. View documentary.

Extreme bookbinding

Extreme Bookbinding: Preservation in Ethiopia

A Friends of the Pitt Rivers illustrated talk by Lester Capon, in which he discusses the repair of centuries-old gospels and processional fans housed in Ethiopia’s mountain monasteries and churches. Watch the illustrated talk.

New Museum entrance

Taking the Past into the Future

On 1st May 2009 the Museum completed the second phase of its development plan to improve its public and education facilities. Sir David Attenborough and Michael Palin share their thoughts on the project.

Ruskin college

Ruskin college and the Pitt Rivers

Short film exploring volunteer students' expectations and experiences of the inaugural year of the collaboration between the Pitt Rivers Museum and Ruskin College, Oxford.
Watch the film.

Wilfred Thesiger

Wilfred Thesiger in Africa

The Friends of the Pitt Rivers, Beatrice Blackwood Lecture
Alexander Maitland, official biographer and friend of Wilfred Thesiger.
Listen to the lecture.

Film archive

Archive film

A selection of the Museum's archive films have been digitised and made available online. Visit the Pitt Rivers Museum archive films.

Shrunken Heads

Shrunken heads

The display of shrunken heads at the Pitt Rivers Museum fascinates many visitors. In this podcast, Dr Laura Peers, curator, explains where they come from, why they were made, and the curatorial issues involved in displaying them. Listen to the podcast.