Saturday Spotlight Talks

L for Leather

L For Leather!

21 March, 14.30

Andrew Hughes, VERVE project conservator talks about some interesting findings and difficult challenges whist preparing objects for display in the new Hide and Leather working case. Leather has a multitude of uses from shoes to saddles, water carriers to writing material. The museum collection houses leather from Ancient Egypt to the present day, made from the skin from mammals, reptiles, birds and fish.

This varied material presents a conservator with many different problems. What are the needs of historic leather? What stories can conservation work reveal about these objects and what new questions have they raised?


Exploring clay

Exploring Clay in the Pitt Rivers Museum

18 April 14.30

Artist Georgie Manly is currently delivering a ceramics project for Pitt Rivers Museum in collaboration with the Old Fire Station and Crisis. It comprises a 12 - week course for Crisis members, creating clay works inspired by the Pitt Rivers collection of vessels. The project culminates with an exhibition at the Old Fire Station Gallery in May.

In this spotlight talk, Georgie will be taking us through the project, presenting her own ceramic work and a glimpse of what we can expect in the forthcoming exhibition.

Spotlight May 15

Architecture for all: The photography of Paul Oliver

16 May, 14.30

Dr Marcel Vellinga, a Reader in Anthropology of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, will examine the intricate and dynamic relationships between people, culture and architecture. Focusing on the photography of Paul Oliver, a leading scholar in the field of traditional architecture, it will look at the diversity, ingenuity and tenacity of the architectural heritage of the world and emphasise the importance of its study and conservation in a rapidly changing world.