Users are asked to bear in mind that these are working databases that are constantly being updated. It is important to see how objects were perceived in the past; therefore we preserve all the information ever recorded. Some of this historic terminology is discriminatory and offensive. Please note that the databases include records for objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities. Also please note that the objects and photography databases are optimised for desktop users only; we are working on mobile friendly versions.
This is a website about the development of museum anthropology as a discipline, and about the set of related museum artefacts, at the University of Oxford during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.