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. 

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.