Exhibitions and Case Displays

1 November 2016 – 30 April 2017

Long Gallery

This exhibition presents a selection of photographs taken by textile expert Sheila Paine during travels in Central Asia and the Middle East in the late 1980s and through the 1990s. The images have been chosen both to demonstrate the extent of Paine’s travelling, which has culminated in books on embroidery and other subjects, and to reveal her eye for colours and textures also evident elsewhere in her research. 

11 February - 3 March 2017

Case displays (Second Floor)

Showcase display to mark the launch of the Out in Oxford LGBTQ+ community project

The Oxford Pride Chronology installation, happening during LGBT History Month 2017, shares a selection of moments gathered over the years since Oxford Pride started in 2003 and asks visitors to reflect on the wider cultural changes that have taken place over the last few decades affecting LGBTQ+ life in the UK. The display is part of the Out in Oxford series of events marking the launch of a new LGBTQ+ community project spearheaded by the Pitt Rivers Museum. Oxford Pride is a celebration of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer life in Oxfordshire and aims to promote awareness of LGBTQ+ issues by providing information, education and entertainment in a safe and encouraging environment. 

19 December 2016 - 9 April 2017

Archive Case (First Floor)

A display of photographs produced by the firm of J. Mulac as a commemorative album for the 1892 opening in Prague of a large exhibition relating to southern Africa's peoples and fauna by the famous Czech traveller Emil Holub (1847-1902).

20 February – 8 May 2017

Case displays (First Floor)

A display celebrating the centenary and life of antiquarian and folklorist Percy Manning. Manning donated over 200 objects to the Pitt Rivers Museum. This exhibition presents a collection of objects highlighting folk traditions of Oxfordshire including a Morris dancers outfit, whit horns, lighting appliances and a lace makers dick pot. 

Until 30 April 2017

Showcase display to mark the centenary of the Oxford and Pennsylvania expedition to Siberia

In May 1914, Polish anthropologist Marie Antoinette Czaplicka set off for Siberia in charge of an expedition to study the reindeer-herding Evenki people. She was twenty-nine years old, had recently completed a diploma in anthropology at Oxford, and had started researching the peoples of Siberia, looking particularly at spirit worship and shamanism. This small temporary display of artefacts and photographs explores the expedition, the extraordinary hardships its members endured, and the Evenki people that were the focus of their research.