Talks, Tours & Workshops

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Moulding Leather Workshop 

Thursday 28 May, 13.00 - 16:30 & Friday 29 May, 10.00 - 13:30

Discover the wonderful mouldable properties of vegetable-tanned leather in this practical workshop. You will create your own mould or former on the first day, and learn how to polish, decorate, seal and edge-finish your object on the next, turning it into a bowl, box, tray, purse or other small container.

As a background to this course, Pitt Rivers Visiting Maker in Leather, Katherine Pogson, will share her research into moulded leather containers from the Museum collection, including leather bottles from Sudan and Turkey, and gunpowder flasks from Africa.

Price £10 - Limited tickets (participants must be aged 14+) | Book Now

decorating leather

Decorating Leather Workshop

Saturday 25 July, 10.00 - 16:30

Learn how to create intricately patterned leather with embossed elements and raised surface details, using vegetable-tanned leather, stamping tools and lino-cutting techniques.

Inspired by the rich cultures within the Museum collections, you will design your own decorative surface pattern, transfer onto leather and make into a unique hand-stitched purse or other object.

Price £10 - Limited tickets (participants must be aged 14+) | Book Now


Saturday Spotlight

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.

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

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Friends of the Pitt Rivers Museum

Lectures and Events

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

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