Alison Petch has been working on research projects at the Pitt Rivers Museum since 1991. These projects include the British Academy project on the Spencer papers at the Pitt Rivers Museum (1992-94); Leverhulme Trust funded project looking at the founding collection of the Pitt Rivers Museum (1995-98); ESRC funded The Relational Museum (2002-06); the Leverhulme Trust Rethinking Pitt-Rivers project (2009-12) and the Fell-Fund project Museum Anthropology at Oxford (2012-13).
2014. ‘Two Nineteenth-Century Collectors/Curators Compared and Contrasted: General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers (1827–1900) and Augustus Wollaston Franks (1826–1897), in Petch and Coote 2014 Museum History Journal vol. 7 no. 2 July 2014 pp. 188-204.
2014. [Editor with Jeremy Coote] ‘Rethinking Pitt-Rivers and his legacy’ Museum History Journal vol. 7 no. 2 July 2014.
2013. [with Jason Gibson] ‘‘The Ablest Australian Anthropologists’: two early Australian anthropologists and Oxford’ JASO Online 5/1 (2013) pp. 60-85
2011. ‘Muddying the Waters: The Pitt Rivers collection 1850-2011’ in Museum History Journal vol. 4 no. 2 Special Issue on collecting and displaying the British past [ed. Kate Hill] pp. 161-202
2009. 'Walter Baldwin Spencer and the Pitt Rivers Museum' Journal of Museum Ethnography 21 pp. 254-265
2008. 'Measuring the Natives: Beatrice Blackwood and Leonard Dudley Buxton's work in Oxfordshire' History of Anthropology Newsletter, 35: 1 July 2008.
2007. 'A Typology of Benefactors: the relationships of Pitt Rivers and Tylor to the Pitt Rivers Museum at the University of Oxford' St Petersburg: Forum for anthropology no. 4 pp. 251-268 [English version]
2007. 'Notes and Queries and the Pitt Rivers Museum' Museum Anthropology vol. 30 no. 1 Spring 2007 pp. 21-39
2007. 'Notes on the opening of the Pitt Rivers Museum', Journal of Museum Ethnography, 19 pp. 101-112
2007. [co-authors, Chris Gosden, Fran Larson] 'Origins and Survivals - Tylor, Balfour and the Pitt Rivers Museum and their role within anthropology in Oxford 1883 - 1905' in P. Riviére [ed.] A History of Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Oxford: Berghahn
2007. [with David Zeitlyn, Frances Larson] 'Social networks in the Relational Museum: the case of the Pitt Rivers Museum' Journal of Material Culture vol. 12 (3) November 2007 pp.211-239
2007. [with Gosden and Larson] Knowing Things: Exploring the collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum 1884-1945 Oxford University Press
2006. [with Frances Larson] ‘Hoping for the best, expecting the worse’: Thomas Kenneth Penniman—Forgotten Curator of the Pitt Rivers Museum’ Journal of Museum Ethnography, 18: 125-139
2006. ‘Counting and Calculating: Some reflections on using statistics to examine the history and shape of the collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum’ Journal of Museum Ethnography, 18: 149-156
2006. 'Chance and Certitude: Pitt Rivers and his first collection' Journal of the History of Collecting 2006 18: 249-256 http://jhc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/framedrapidpdf/.pdf
2005 (2000). ‘Spencer and Gillen’s collaborative fieldwork in Central Australia and its legacy’ Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford 31/3 (2000) 309-328 [finally published in 2005]
2004. 'Collecting Immortality: the field collectors who contributed to the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford' Journal of Museum Ethnography 16 pp. 127-139
2003. 'Documentation in the Pitt Rivers Museum’ Journal of Museum Ethnography, No. 15 pp. 109-114
2003. ‘Spencer and Gillen’s work in Australia - The interpretation of power and collecting in the past’ Journal of Museum Ethnography, No. 15 pp 82 - 93
2002. ‘Assembling and Arranging: Pitt Rivers’ collections from 1850 to now’ in ’Collectors: Expressions of Self and Other Occasional Papers Series: Horniman Museum and Museu Antropologico of the University of Coimbra
2002. ‘Today a computerised catalogue - tomorrow the world’ Journal of Museum Ethnography No. 14, pp. 94-99
2002. 'Using multi-media tools to teach anthropology', Journal of Museum Ethnography, No. 14 March 2002 pp. 14-23 [with S. Dudley]
2001. My Dear Spencer [paperback edition] Hyland House, Melbourne Australia [joint editor with D.J. Mulvaney and H. Morphy]
2000. 'Computerizing the Forster ('Cook'), Arawe, and Founding Collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum', Pacific Arts, nos. 19/20 (July), pp. 48-80. [with Jeremy Coote, Chantal Knowles and Nicolette Meister]
2000. From the Frontier: Outback letters to Baldwin Spencer. Allen and Unwin NSW [co-editor with D. J. Mulvaney and H. Morphy]
2000. ‘AMS25 Anthropological Catalogue (1886): List of Anthropological Objects Transferred from the Ashmolean to the Pitt Rivers Museum in 1886 (compiled 1884) / List of Anthropological Objects Transferred from the Ashmolean to the Pitt Rivers Museum’, in Manuscript Catalogues of the Early Museum Collections, 1683–1886 (Part I) (BAR International Series 907), by Arthur MacGregor, with Melanie Mendonça and Julia White (Oxford: Archaeopress, in association with the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford), pp. 255–413.
1999. Cataloguing the Pitt Rivers Museum founding collection. Journal of Museum Ethnography 11 1999 pp. 95-104
1998. ''Man as he was and Man as he is': General Pitt Rivers' collections' Journal of the History of Collections 10 no. 1 (1998) pp. 75 - 85 Oxford University Press
1997. ‘Gillen’s Scientific Correspondence: Selected letters from F.J. Gillen to W. Baldwin Spencer’ Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford XXVI no 2 1995 pp163 – 196 [co-editor with H. Morphy and D.J. Mulvaney]
1997. My Dear Spencer. Melbourne: Hyland House Publishing, Melbourne, Australia. [co-editor with H. Morphy and D.J. Mulvaney]
1996. 'Weapons and the 'Museum of Museums'' Journal of Museum Ethnography, vol. 8 May 1996: pp. 11–22
1996. ‘Anthropological Partners: Selected letters from F.J. Gillen to W. Baldwin Spencer’ Journal of Museum Ethnography 5: pp. 65 84. [co-editor with H. Morphy and D.J. Mulvaney]
1994. Hunting for the Right Weapon — A Guide to the Upper Gallery Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
Author of the following major websites
Scoping Museum Anthropology http://web.prm.ox.ac.uk/sma/
Rethinking Pitt-Rivers http://web.prm.ox.ac.uk/rpr/
England: The Other Within http://web.prm.ox.ac.uk/england/