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Pitt Rivers Museum wins DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund award

The Pitt Rivers Museum is delighted to have been awarded £64,845 from DCMS/Wolfson Foundation’s Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund. The award will enable the purchase of a major new display case in which to exhibit one of the Museum’s most important collections, that brought back from Captain Cook’s voyages to the South Seas in the 18th century. (Download press release)

US prizePitt Rivers Museum curator's book wins major US prize - January 2014

The Pitt Rivers Museum is delighted to announce that Dr Clare Harris's book The Museum on the Roof of the World: Art, Politics, and the Representation of Tibet has been awarded the 2013 E. Gene Smith Inner Asia Book Prize by the Association for Asian Studies. (download press release)

Explore Oxford University Museums App

Discover featured objects from the University of Oxford's four world-renowned museums and keep up to date with the latest exhibitions and events. The Ashmolean Museum, the Museum of the History of Science, the Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum each hold distinct and fascinating collections to explore. Find out more about the App and download.

Pitt Rivers Museum wins £1m Heritage Lottery Funding

We are delighted to announce we have received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for £1,049,400 towards our £1.6m project VERVE (Visitors, Engagement, Renewal, Visibility, Enrichment). Find out more about the VERVE project.

Conference Announcement – The Future of Ethnographic Museums at Pitt Rivers Museum and Keble College 19 – 21 July 2013

The conference marked the completion of the five-year ‘Ethnography Museums and World Cultures’ (EMWC) project funded by the European Union, and involving ten major European ethnography Museums. The conference was addressed by James Clifford (University of California at Santa Cruz) and other leading figures in the study of museums and anthropology. Further information and conference material.

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‘Excavating Pitt-Rivers’ Project

The Victorian archaeologist General Pitt-Rivers is world-famous for his development of modern scientific archaeology, but the earliest archaeological collections that he made have never been studied. The Pitt Rivers Museum, where these artefacts are held, has been awarded £76,654 by Arts Council England’s Designation Development Fund to document this important early material. Press Release | 'Excavating Pitt-Rivers' Project blog

Small Blessings - Amulets at the Pitt Rivers website launched August 2012

Explore these curious objects from Adrien de Mortillet's amulet collection and discover the intriguing stories behind them. Go to the Small blessings - Amulets at the Pitt Rivers website

Composer residency

We are delighted to announce that Sound and Music has awarded Nathaniel Robin Mann a joint residency with Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford Contemporary Music (OCM) through their ‘Embedded’ programme.

Renaissance Major Grant from Arts Council England – 2012 to 2015

The Pitt Rivers Museum as part of an Oxford University and Oxfordshire County Museums consortium has been awarded a Renaissance ‘Major Grant’ from Arts Council England (ACE). Further details