Special Events


AfterHours: Java & Bali

Friday 24 October, 18.30 – 21.30

Shadow puppetry; a live gamelan; Javanese dance performances from Ni Madé Pujawati; a Balinese dance workshop; special talks by Dr Fiona Kerlogue of the Horniman Museum, London, craft activities and authentic Indonesian cuisine! oxis logo

View the programme(PDF) and
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Entry via Oxford University
Museum of Natural History, Parks Road

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Awon Golding

Naga Millinery workshop

Saturday 1 November, 13:00 – 16:30 (FREE)

Booking essential – limited spaces available
British-Indian milliner, Awon Golding, will host a workshop guiding students through the process of making a Naga-style headpiece inspired by artifacts from the Pitt Rivers Museum collection. Fresh from London Fashion Week, get up close and personal with select pieces from her SS15 collection, which uses the Museum’s vast Naga material as its primary research resource. NMU logo Participants must be aged 16 or over.  

For further info and to book a place, contact Maya

iLive listing

Twilight Takeover: iLiVE

Thursday 6 November, 19:00 – 22:00 (FREE)

How do you measure identity? In collaboration with young people from OYAP Trust, we invite you to an immersive evening of live music and contemporary dance in the museum galleries. Take part in an interactive identity workshop, and explore the museum for yourself, finding inspirational connections on your own. Tweet and tag pictures with #PittIdentity for a chance to win a special prize.

Read more and look out for updates on this event on the iLiVE Facebook page

FREE entry. Suitable for age 11+. Cash bar (18+ ID required). Entrance via the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Parks Road OX1 3PW)


My Siberian Year, 1914 – 1915

8 November, 14.30

In May 1914, Polish anthropologist Marie Antoinette Czaplicka set off for Siberia in charge of an expedition to study the reindeer-herding Evenki people.

This talk explores the expedition, its extraordinary hardships, and the Evenki people that were the focus of research.

This talk is part of the Spotlight series

leather stitching

Leather stitching workshop

Saturday 15 November, 10.00 – 16.00

A one-day introduction to the manufacture of medieval turn shoes. Learn how to make authentic threads from linen fibres and boar bristle, and master the stitching techniques that dominated shoe manufacture for centuries to make your own leather pouch from authentic vegetable-tanned leather.

Price: £25 (includes all tuition and materials). Participants must be aged 18 or over. NMU logo

Booking essential – limited spaces. Book here or contact Maya for more information.


Light Night

Northern Lights

Friday 21 November, 19.00 – 22.00 (FREE)

Immerse yourself in an atmospheric Arctic soundtrack, including a specially recorded voice-over by author Philip Pullman. Explore the darkened galleries by torchlight and come face to face with polar creatures. Part of Oxford’s city-wide Christmas Light festival. Cash bar and entry via the Oxford CLF logoUniversity Museum of Natural History: Map. (PDF)

Northern Lights is part of Oxford’s city-wide Christmas Light festival

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Day of song

Day of Song

Sunday 23 November (FREE)

Choral music will drift through the galleries as three local choirs perform on the balcony.
12-12.30: BBL choir
13.30-14.00: Man Choir
15.00-15.30: Vox SteadyCLF logo

Day of song is part of Oxford’s city-wide Christmas Light festival


carfty afternoon


October to December
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)NMU logo

For further information please email Maya

Folklore and storytelling

AfterHours: Folklore & Storytelling

Thursday 4 December, 18.30 – 21.30

An evening packed with stories and folklore.

Join us for folklore intrigue and hunt the famous ‘witch in a bottle’, listen to live poetry, view footage from the archives, and create a personalised tale. NMU logo

See AfterHours page for details.


Late Night Shopping at the Museum

Thursday 4 December, 18.30 – 21.00

As part of our free evening event AfterHours: Folklore & Storytelling, the Pitt Rivers Museum shop will open late for Christmas shopping. Find inspiration for unique and unusual gifts and enjoy a 10% discount on most purchases. Free entry to the event, cash bar.

Access via the South Door, Robinson Close, off South Parks Road: Map. (PDF)

Felicity Ford

Crafty Networking

Thursday 11 December, 18.00 – 19.30

Knitter and artist Felicity Ford will discuss her practice and the mediums that inform her work.

Felicity is interested in everyday things, women’s history and labour, and the home as a specific site of meaning, exploring these obsessions through recording, podcasting, hand-knitting, radio-making, dyeing, spinning, and writing. Cash bar and entry via the South Door, Robinson Close, off South Parks Road: Map. (PDF)

Part of the Carfty networking series