Special Events

Thursday 15 November - Saturday 24 November

As part of the Being Human Festival explore the life and archive of influential but little known archaeologist O.G.S. Crawford with this pop-up display in the Museum.

O.G.S.Crawford - Object Handling Sessions

Saturday 17 November & 24 November, 14.00 - 16.00

Head to the First Floor Research Area to join PhD student, Beth Hodgett and explore O.G.S. Crawford's archive in these special object handling sessions. Free but booking required. Book your place here.

Saturday 24 November, 11.00 - 15.00

Join us for a fun filled day of activities to celebrate St Catherine's Day, the lacemakers' holiday. St Catherine is the patron saint of spinners, lacemakers, ropemakers and spinsters with her day having a long history of being celebrated. Come and see lace being made by local lacemakers and even have a go at making some yourself. Anthropologist Dr Nicolette Makovicky (University of Oxford) will be on hand to talk about lacemaking customs and traditions. Take a closer look at lacemaking paraphernalia, including a 'dick pot' used to keep lacemakers warm and beautifully crafted lace bobbins engraved with messages to loved ones in the Museum's displays.

Saturday 15 December, 14.00 - 15.30

Noh is classical Japanese theatre, which combines elements of dance, drama, music and poetic text into a highly aesthetic form of art that has been performed continuously for 650 years. In contrast to its minimalist stage, noh uses elaborate costumes and exquisitely carved wooden masks such as those acquired at Pitt Rivers Museum from master mask-maker Hideta Kitazawa. This illustrated talk by Jannette Cheong is designed to introduce the key elements of classical noh. It will be followed by a reading of Jannette's new noh 'Between the Stones', which is being prepared for performance, to give a close up and interactive experience of the challenges of developing a new noh ''from page to stage' using traditional techniques.

Come and join us for this fascinating opportunity to get 'under the skin' of this rare UK artist's work. As the first British person to write a noh using tradtional techniques, Jannette will unravel the mysteries of this exquisite classical theatre form as she begins her third collaboration with Richard Emmert, and second collaboration with members of the Oshima Noh Theatre family. Further information.