Late Night: A Buzz in the Air...

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Friday 27 May, 19.00 - 22.00 

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Enjoy the Pitt Rivers and the Museum of Natural History at night! Immerse yourself in the world of insects in the Museum of Natural History and then explore a mythological subterranean insect world inspired by Hawaiian myths in the Pitt Rivers; join us on a journey that starts with a museum display of Evenki objects and spins into a story of dance, performance and song; listen to live a cappella spoken word performances by MC/poet Rawz and then chill out in the Old Library with retro video games and some of your favourite GIANT board games!

Activities include:

  • Talking with the Spirits: A tour of the Evenki display case, leading to a live-streamed/live performance co-created by Evenki artist and healer Galina Veretnova and Oxford-based artist Anya Gleizer.
  • Mo'olelo Archetypes: An entomological journey into Hawaiian culture: Join us on a journey into the mythological subterranean world as imagined by Hawaiian artist, Solomon Enos. Our digital display highlighting Enos' works introduces some of the artworks, stories and objects that will feature in the new display later this year.
  • Digging Crates: A Capella/spoken word performances by Rawz, from the Digging Crates project, which created original hip hop tracks inspired by historical instruments in the museum collections.
  • Chashm-e-Badoor, Far Be the Evil Eye Made to replicate a fabled pair of 17th -century glasses with diamond and emerald lenses said to have been made for a Mughal Prince in India, Chashm-e-badoor is a pair of glasses made in silver, gilded in gold, and encrusted with green onyx and champagne-coloured zircons. They were conceptualised in Oxford and handcrafted in Lahore. In place of the original emerald lenses, the new lenses were made in Dubai and show embedded graphite depictions of refugees from the Partition of India. The glasses will be on display in the Charms Against the Evil Eye case, with the artist, Saba Qizilbash, talking about her work.
  • Play! Games in the Museum: Retro video games and Giant Board Games abound in the Old Library, as well as Playful object handling.

Lights, music, activities and more...



Museums at Night: We're inviting visitors to connect with the themes driving Pitt Rivers Museum's 2022 research, curation and engagement programmes: immerse yourself in the Play! Project; deconstruct stereotypes as we move Beyond Binaries; join us in Radical Hope to imagine equitable and decolonised heritage spaces; and see a different side to the collections through Museums at Night.