Friends of the Museum Events Programme

Former Director Michael O’Hanlon with Friends' Patrons Penelope Lively and Philip Pullman, © Studio Edmark

Friends Magazine

On 1 October 2016 issue 85 of the FPRM Magazine received first prize in the British Association of Friends of Museums' publication awards for Museums with between 250 and 750 Friends.  This follows awards for 2005, 2008 and 2013 and an honourable mention for the 30th Anniversary edition, issue 81 in 2015. 

Download issues 81828384858688 and 89 here. The new edition of the magazine (issue 90, Autumn/Winter 2017) is on sale in the Museum shop at £1.

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Talks take place in the Pitt Rivers Lecture Room, access via Robinson Close, South Parks Road, OX1 3PP.  Visitors welcome. Talks free for Friends, £2 for visitors.  Tea served from 18.00. No parking available at Museum.

Wednesday 23 May, 18.30

In 2015 Jim Keeling of Whichford Pottery and Dr Robin Wilson began the Anglo-Japanese Oxford Anagama Project, building and firing two giant Japanese climbing kilns in Wytham Woods. In this lecture Jim will tell their story and reflect on the fundamental questions raised by such collaborations: questions about Western aesthetic hegemony, the possibilities and pitfalls of cross-cultural collaboration and what insights craft practice offers us about our continued plundering of the material world.

Wednesday 6 June

Viticulture is the fastest growing agricultural sector in the UK as a result of the changing climate and increasing appreciation of English wines. The Friends will visit this 16-acre vineyard, established in the 1980s, meeting at the vineyard for a guided tour and nature walk to the nearby River Thames. This will be followed by a 1 hour tutored tasting of five wines from the vineyard and a presentation on winemaking techniques. Optional ploughman's lunch with English cheeses. The cut-off date for bookings is Friday 4 May 2018. Click here for booking form and full details.

Wednesday 13 June, 18.30

Humans have been creating figurative art for at least 40,000 years. Professor Gillian Morriss-Kay, Chairman of the Friends of the Pitt Rivers Museum, will present ideas about the evolutionary changes in perception that led to the origin and flowering of this aspect of human behaviour and will consider its practical significance.