Talks, Tours & Workshops

After hours tour

After Hours Guided Tours

4, 17 & 25 September 17.30 - 19.00

An after-hours exclusive guided tour of the Museum, where you will be taken around by one of our expert guides (max per group 15 people) and then browse the Museum at your leisure away from the busy daily crowds.

Explore remarkable collections of hand-made objects from every continent and throughout human history. Discover masks, magic charms and amulets, jewellery, boats, baskets and body decoration, toys, tools, weapons, musical instruments and so much more.

Price £10 - Limited tickets (all children under 16 to be accompanied by an adult) | Book Now

Open Doors

Oxford Open Doors

Saturday 12 September

Join ’Inspired', our film, TV and literary tour to discover how the museum and its collections have inspired writers from Dexter’s Inspector Morse to JK Rowling’s Harry Potter (11.30).

There's also a chance to visit the Balfour library, the Museum’s teaching and research library of 45,000 volumes. Meet the librarian, learn about the library’s history and function, and see how documentation can be key to understanding artefacts (14.00, 14.45, 15.30).

All free. Limited spaces - first come, first served..


Spotlight Talks

Third Saturday of the month 14.30

Events focusing on the displays and their relevance today; find out more about the collections, meet curators, hear specialist speakers, or join in workshops. Suitable for adults and older children.

Upcoming programme of gallery talks.


Highlights Tour

Wednesdays 14.30 and 15.15

Volunteer-led introductory tour of the Museum. Tours last about 20 minutes. No booking necessary. Please gather at the Information point 5 minutes before the start of each tour.

objects handling

Object Handling

Every Saturday 10.30 - 12.30

Object handling in the Pitt Rivers. Discover more about wonderful and fascinating objects from the museum’s collection.

Saturday 5 September will be on the front lawn as part of Pitt Fest.
Still Sunday morning

Still Sunday Morning

Every Sunday 10.00 – 11.30

Still a good time of the week for a relaxed visit - space to draw, a chance to study or simply to stand and stare. At 10.45 watch a 45minute audio-visual presentation featuring Sir David Attenborough, introducing many familiar, and some easily missed, treasures of the collections.

More ways to add variety to your visit to the Pitt Rivers

30th anniversary magazine

Friends of the Pitt Rivers Museum

Lectures and Events

A programme of lectures and events are held by the Friends of the Pitt Rivers.

Read more about the Friends of the Pitt Rivers

Darning masterclass

Darning Masterclasses

Friday 18 September, 13.00 – 16.30 OR
Saturday 19 September, 10:00 – 13:30

Fully Booked

Learn to darn with Tom van Deijnen, aka tomofholland, best known for his Visible Mending Programme. Tom will teach Swiss and stocking darning techniques alongside his inspiring darning showcase, and talk about why darning and repairing clothes is important to him. You'll take home a comprehensive handout, two darning needles, skills to tackle any holey sock or thinning elbow and a beautiful darn as a badge of honour!

All practice materials provided. Participants must be aged 16+


Kintsugi ceramic repair workshops

Saturday 7 November, 13.00 – 16.00,
Wednesday 11 November, 13.00 – 16.00 or
Saturday 14 November, 10.00 – 13.00

Learn how to repair ceramics using the Japanese kintsugi method with Muneaki Shimode and Takahiko Sato, lacquerware artists from Kyoto. Kintsugi is the repair of damaged or broken ceramics using urushi lacquer and most commonly, gold powder. You will learn how to shape fills, join a broken ceramic using epoxy glue, apply urushi lacquer and dust on metal powder to achieve a kintsugi repair. Take home your completed plate in a box alongside a kintsugi kit with all the materials needed to repair your precious ceramics at home.

All materials provided. Participants must be aged 18+ | Price £60 – Maximum of 20 places per workshop.

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Please note: Repairs will be made with bronze powder instead of gold powder to keep the cost of the workshop to a minimum.