Exhibitions and Case Displays

21 April - 28 September 2018

During the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, more than one million people lost their lives in just 100 days. Today there are 243 memorials, often marking sites where genocide took place. Many memorials preserve the remains of those who perished. Kwibuka Rwanda highlights a small selection of these memorials, telling the story of genocide survivors' attempts to come to terms with loss and trauma. It gives voice to the 'care-takers', survivors who work at memorials, honouring the dead by cleaning and preserving their remains. Further information.

17 February - 27 August 2018

In this photography exhibition, Shah explores very personal themes linked to his family's roots and heritage as Ugandan Asians, and offers wider narratives around exile, displacement and dispossession. In 1972 Idi Amin expelled 80,000 Asians from Uganda. Shah was three years old when his family were made refugees and forced to endure an unexpected journey, leaving their lives and possessions behind and move to the UK.

Shah investigates the past and extracts fragments, narratives and meanings to re-imagine his own family's tale. The exhibition also alludes to the fading of memories, the blind-spots in representing history and to the legacies of colonialism. Further information.

20 February 2018 - 10 June 2018

A display of work designed and made by students from Rycotewood Furniture Centre. Inspired by the collections and exhibits at Pitt Rivers Museum, students have used a range of materials and processes to create practical and conceptual pieces. Wood and metal sit with textiles and glass: the processes used include woodcarving and weaving, as well as a wide range of metalworking techniques. The theme of Tools/Craft -  Craft/Tools invites the question of which comes first? Does the tool dictate the craft or does the craftsperson control the tool?

24 November 2017 - 25 May 2018

Pigeon whistles are small, lightweight whistles carried on the tail feathers of pigeons to create a beautiful haunting sound. Traditionally used for deterring predators or creating a tactical diversion within warfare, they are also used for the enjoyment of their sound. This display has been co-curated by Nathaniel Mann, experimental composer, performer, sound designer, and a former artist-in-residence in the Museum. During his residency he was intrigued by the pigeon whistle display and inspired to design and fly his own versions of the whistle, resulting in a lasting passion for these flute-like instruments. This display includes his 3D printed whistles in brightly coloured plastic alongside historic Chinese and South-East Asian examples. Further information.

October 2017 - 25 June 2018

This display has been created by artist Anne Griffiths, based on historical descriptions of real artefacts found on the PRM database. There were no photographic images on record at the time of making, so they have been created purely from the imagination. By examining the customs and rituals of a variety of cultures, both the similarities and differences in tradition become apparent and associations can be made between historical, geographical and contemporary fashions. Further information.

15 June 2017 - 30 June 2018

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.

29 May - 23 September 2018

This display celebrates the 250th anniversary of Cook's first voyage, which left Plymouth in August 1768. The Pitt Rivers Museum holds approximately 170 prints which have rarely been displayed. This display will showcase prints which have not been exhibited before and which are from engravings used to illustrate both official and unofficial accounts of the voyages.