Exhibitions and Case Displays
Installation (Second Floor)
A film by artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth (Forest + Found), VERVE Makers in Residence, in response to abstract and unknown objects in the Pitt Rivers Museum's world archaeology collections. This immersive film aims to change the way we view those collections by reconnecting the audience to the complex relationships humans have evolved with their surrounding landscapes and natural resources, in particular the discovery, texture and sounds of working materials by hand. Watch the film.
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. Further information.
This exhibition presents sixty-five monochrome prints by Roger Chapman from his major international photography project. Camel: A Journey through Fragile Landscapes is a story of connection, survival and interdependence on the edges of our world. From the dry heat of the Sahara to the bitter cold of the Mongolian steppe, camels are at the heart of pastoral communities in some of the harshest desert environments on the planet. From prized possession to food source, they are a cultural linch-pin. Herdsmen, shepherds and sheikhs alike depend on their animals for livelihood, companionship and status.
A photographic exhibition by John Wreford. Visit the Upper Gallery to encounter large scale portraits of people displaced from Syria, now surviving and thriving in Istanbul, Turkey. Each person photographed has written powerful testimonies about their experiences. Exhibition in English and Arabic.
Two case displays developed with community volunteers in partnership with Refugee Resource and Asylum Welcome. Volunteers have used familiar museum objects to share stories from their home countries and reflect on their identities.