Haida researchers consulting photograph collections
at the Pitt Rivers Museum. September 2009.
The Pitt Rivers Museum has collected photographs ever since its foundation. Particularly strong in nineteenth and early twentieth-century photography, the collection also contains important fieldwork archives, such as that of anthropologist E. E. Evans-Pritchard, as well as the photographs of travellers such as Wilfred Thesiger, whose collection alone numbers some 38,000 images. The Museum continues to collect photography, with a particular emphasis upon well-documented field collections and contemporary practice.
The department curates two temporary exhibition spaces within the Museum – the Long Gallery on the ground floor (mostly contemporary photography), and an archive display case at the entrance to the Lower Gallery for small exhibitions of historical material.
The Photograph and
manuscript collections blog.