Need, Make, Use
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, VERVE is a £1.6 million, five-year project, supporting vital conservation and redisplay of selected cases, plus improvements to gallery lighting. It will also facilitate a wide-ranging programme of free public activities under the theme of 'Need, Make, Use', illuminating the ways in which human creativity and ingenuity has driven developments in design and technologies.
Here you will find links to featured objects, special Need Make Use events and activities, and project photos and progress on our need, make, use blog.
Object of the Month - December
Henta board, Nicobar Islands (India)
This carved and painted wooden board representing the moon was hung in a house to appease spirits and bring good health. Nearly 60cm in diameter, it depicts Deuse, the Creator, holding a wine glass and surrounded by both indigenous and imported objects: to the left are a watch, boatswain’s whistle, telescope, spears, spathe mat table and decanters. On the right, coconut shells, a lantern, Pandanus-paste board, a basket, an Areca spathe mat and pillow, plus weapons, spoons, furniture and vessels. The unusual style in which Deuse is depicted probably reflects the impact of missionaries in the area.
This object was collected by Edward Horace Man, who worked for the Colonial Service in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands from 1869. He donated this object to the Museum in 1887.
Special events at the Pitt Rivers
List of Need/Make/Use events taking place at the Museum
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