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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, Need Make Use events and activities, and project photos and progress on our need, make, use blog.

Camel saddle, Niger

Object of the Month

Camel saddle, Niger

The Tuareg people of Niger are traditionally nomadic, covering up to 70km a day as they move with their camels and goats. In the Agadez region encompassing the Sahara desert, Tuareg women produce beautiful leatherwork such as this prestigious camel saddle (’tamzak’). Its circular seat rests over a V-shaped frame formed of wood, lashed together with rawhide. The whole is then covered with dyed leather and adorned with silver, copper, iron or brass ornaments. Worn with equally ornate saddle bags and camel ‘trappings’, the overall display is an impressive and colourful sight. PRM 1923.36.88

One of many leather objects to be displayed in the Lower Gallery as part of the VERVE: Need / Make / Use project.

Previous Objects of the Month

carfty afternoon


October to December 2014
Tuesdays 13.30 – 16:30


Come along with your children for a series of free afternoons of crafts inspired by the Museum’s collections! Led by crafter Sarah Cullen, you’ll work on a panel that will become part of a larger Pitt Rivers Crafternoon quilt over the course of five afternoons.

Download full details about the Crafternoon series, including dates(PDF)

For further information please email Maya

special events

Special events at the Pitt Rivers

List of Need/Make/Use events taking place at the Museum

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